Huge entries for Teretonga racing

Ohoka driver Paul Brooks in his Nissan 200SX S15 during his last Teretonga Park appearance. Photo: Ron Veint

IT is a massive weekend of motorsport at Teretonga Park this weekend with 10 classes of motor racing many fields featuring very healthy grid numbers.

The big banger OSCA Super Saloons are always a big attraction and Teretonga Park will be round two of their championship with Dunedin driver Steve Ross leading by the barest of margins in his Jaguar TraNZam XK.

Just one point behind him is Daniel Currie, of Kaiapoi, in his Subaru WRX, with both Ross and Currie picking up a race win apiece in round one.

Geoff Washbourne, in his Aston Martin, is third, just three points further back, with Michael Gallagher, of Ashburton (Mazda RX7), next followed by Paul Brooks, of Ohoka.

Brooks won two of the four races in the opening round in his Nissan 200SX S15 but suffered problems in one of the races, costing him valuable points. He took the top step of the podium on the series’ last visit to Teretonga Park.

Two of the OSCA races in each round feature reverse grids, with one of those a handicap start; the sight of these super-fast saloons carving through the field is a sight to behold.

Several of the classes will feature large grids of cars with the Noel McIntyre Drainage Club Saloons sporting very healthy numbers.

Among them are some more exciting machines with Liam MacDonald in his Ford Falcon, Jordan Michels in his Ford Focus V8, Dunedin drivers Adam Cullen (Corvette) and Brian Scott (Porsche 997) while Rachael Beck, of Invercargill, will debut a new Ford Mustang.

The Historic and Classic Pre-78 grid is another large one with some fascinating cars from the pre-78 era, while the South Island F1600 Championship will feature wheel-to-wheel, single-seater racing with another large field featuring some experienced names up against plenty of youthful talent.

The Pro 7 Saloons are dominated by Mazda RX8s including one in the hands of Invercargill driver Bradley Dawson, while fellow Southlander Wayne Elliott campaigns the lone RX7 and Mini South will present its biggest field for several seasons at Teretonga Park.

The Pre-65 Saloons, 2K Cup Teretonga Challenge SS Cup and NZ Six Saloons complete a brilliant line-up.

The programme will cover two full days from 9am on both Saturday and Sunday with testing, qualifying and 30 races throughout the weekend.

All attendees must be double vaccinated and have their My Vaccine Pass with them when entering Teretonga Park.

Pre-sale weekend passes are on sale from Auto Centre in Tweed St, Invercargill, and E Hayes & Sons, Dee St, Invercargill.

  • Lindsay Beer is the Southland Sports Car Club publicity officer