MIXED weather made for exciting racing at last weekend’s SpeedWorks Events Motorsport New Zealand Championship meet at Teretonga Park.
One of the talking points was the decision not to take to the track on Sunday due to forecast high winds. While the circuit had been buffeted by galeforce winds on Saturday night, the forecast winds on Sunday did not eventuate.
The Castrol Toyota Racing Series did take to the track on Saturday, won by Ferrari Academy Driver Marcus Armstrong, of Christchurch. Armstrong had qualified second-fastest behind leader Liam Lawson, of Pukekohe, but got the better start on a damp track. A late safety car allowed Lawson to close in over the closing laps, but a couple of slides ensured Armstrong victory by .436 of a second. Invercargill driver Brendon Leitch qualified seventh and finished eighth.
Australian Jack Smith extended his winning streak in the BNT V8s in his Holden Commodore, in both mornings’ races, while Cambridge driver Nick Ross won the final race.
Matt Podjursky, of Inglewood, took the Class B honours in all three races in his Ford Falcon.
The first Formula 1600 Championship race was won by Josh Bethune, of Auckland. Local driver Jordan Michels won later in the day before Bethune won both Sunday races. Jordan Baldwin, of Auckland, won the round for the Toyota 86 Series. NZ1, Sam Wallace, of Christchurch, took a clean sweep in the South Island Mazda Pro 7 races, while Marco Schelp won the first two South Island Porsche races in his 997 Cup S before finishing second behind Hayden Knighton in the finale.
Knighton also won the SpeedWorks Rush Hour one-hour race in his Porsche 991 GT3.