Racing heats up at Teretonga throughout the weekend

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Gav Thompson of Rangiora - one of the frontrunners in the 2K Cup Teretonga Challenge in his Toyota MR2. Photo: Media 77

EXCITING racing is on the cards at Teretonga Park this weekend.

The meeting, will feature Pre-65 Saloons, Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubman Saloons, SI F1600, the first appearance of some of the 2K Cup cars in the 2K Teretonga Challenge, Pro 7 Saloons, NZ Six Saloons and Mini 7s.

Paul Clarke, of Dunedin, in his Ford Mustang, will be the man to beat in Pre 65-Saloons, with John Smolenski, of Invercargill, bound to be near the front in his Ford Falcon XP.

The Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans Saloons have attracted a good field, with Brian Scott, of Dunedin, in his C5 Corvette, Dion Dawson, of Invercargill, in a Saker, and Adam Cullen, of Dunedin, in a Nissan Skyline GTR, three of the leading competitors.

Adam Cullen of Dunedin who currently leads the Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans Series in his Nissan GTR. Photo: Dave Loudon Photography

Southlanders will be prominent in SI F1600, with Jordan Michels leading the series after two rounds and Ethan Anderson third overall. Noel Atley is second in Class 2 and Joseph Oliver leads Class 3.

New to Teretonga will be the 2K Cup cars, featuring vehicles that have to be proven to have been purchased for less than $2000. This is a non-championship outing for the class, as only cars fitted with a roll cage are eligible for the 2K Teretonga Challenge. Gav Thompson, of Rangiora, in a Toyota MR2, will be the man to beat.

3NZ Toby Marsh is the strongest contender in the Pro 7 Saloon races, while the NZ Six Saloons and Mini 7s will combine for their races.

Practice and qualifying starts at 1pm on Saturday, with racing all day on Sunday from 8.40am. Sunday admission is $15, while children 14 and under accompanied by an adult can enter free.

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