IT may have been a flying visit to Invercargill by Team Kiwi Racing (TKR) owner David John and his V8 Supercar, but he says he will be back in November for “a special announcement”.
A regular contender in the Australian and New Zealand V8 Supercar series, TKR debuted in New Zealand in 1999 with drivers Jason Richards and Angus Fogg. The duo then took on Bathurst in November 2000 as the first New Zealand-based team to compete in the Australian V8 Supercar Championship. They finished 16th.
More than 17 years later and with a lot of racing under the tyres, Mr John stopped off in Invercargill for a few days during an 80-day nationwide tour to give people the chance to see the original Team Kiwi V8 Supercar which competed in Bathurst in 2000.
“Richards and Fogg were the first Kiwi team to compete in the Australian championships, which opened up the doors for other Kiwi drivers,” he said.
“Some of the latest include Craig Baird, Fabian Coulthard, Paul Radisich, Shane van Gisbergen and Chris Pither.”
Half-way through the tour in Invercargill, Mr John said at each venue those attending also had the opportunity to try out their racing skills in a racing simulator.
“It gave people the opportunity to test their skills at various race tracks including Bathurst and Teretonga.”
As well as established drivers, Mr John said TKR was also helping develop junior drivers, some as young as 13 years old as part of the TKR Development Academy.
In November, Mr John would make a “special announcement” about TKR and future events, he said.
“As part of the event there will be a number of exciting announcements and offers such as hot lap rides in a V8 Supercar and racing simulators.