Highlights and milestones at Teretonga Park

Mainland Muscle Cars are part of a huge motorsport programme at Teretonga Park this season.

THERE are several highlights and even a milestone or two in the Southland Sports Car Club’s motor racing calendar at Teretonga
Park this season.

The return of international motor racing from January 19-22, with the Toyota Racing Series as part of the Motorsport New
Zealand Premier Championship Series, is one of the big headlines of the season.

The series allows Southlanders to see many future stars, with five drivers on this year’s Formula 1 World Championship grid having raced here in the past. One of those, Yuki Tsunoda, of Japan, raced at the circuit in 2020 and was in Formula 1 a year later.

While the return of international single-seater stars is one highlight, there are plenty more. The Classic SpeedFest holds its traditional place on the calendar from February 17-19 while Southern Thunder returns in March with the New Zealand Super Trucks and Mainland Muscle Cars taking centre stage in what is another of Teretonga Park’s big events of the season.

The season begins with the annual visit of the South Island Endurance Series on September 24 with qualifying, two 1-Hour Races plus a 3-Hour Enduro on the day. The series has gone from strength to strength in recent years and features an entry list of some pretty special, exotic machinery.

The first weekend in December sees a fantastic programme of racing with a huge array of classes headlined by the spectacular OSCA Super Saloons.

The circuit also celebrates its 65th anniversary this year, which will be celebrated with a club day at the circuit on November 6.

The day will take the form of a Standing 1/4 and a Flying 1/10th in the morning before a barbecue lunch and the Noel McIntyre Drainage Club Saloons and Sports & Racing Cars in the afternoon.

Teretonga is the oldest permanent motor racing circuit in the country and with the impending closure of Pukekohe Park Raceway in Auckland and the demise of places such as Levin and Wigram, it will soon be the only circuit left in the country that hosted the Tasman Series in its heyday of the 1960s.

— Lindsay Beer is the Southland Sports Car Club Publicity Officer