Spring is in the air and with that another great season of motorsport is about to get underway at Teretonga Park in Invercargill
Once again through the spring and summer months most of New Zealands premier motorsport categories will visit the spectacular circuit just 8 kilometres from the centre of Invercargill. The 2011/2012 motor racing season will begin in September and stretch through until March 2012.
The opening meeting of the season, presented by Downer, is scheduled for the weekend of 24/25 September. The opening round of the South Island Endurance Racing Drivers Series, which is currently going from strength to strength, will be one of the highlights. Southlanders missed out on the endurance racing action last year when record snowfalls hit the province on the eve of the race, forcing its cancellation. The Endurance series which will feature both a 1 Hour and 3 Hour race takes place on Saturday 24 September. A full programme of action follows the next day featuring the Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans Saloons, Sports & Racing Cars, Pro 7 Saloons and motorcycles.
The second event of the season will take place on 30 October. Also presented by Downer, the line up will include Super Six Saloons, Pro 7 Saloons, South Island Formula Fords plus the first appearance of the German Rennsport Saloons at Teretonga Park. Also on the programme will be Sports & Racing Cars plus the Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans Saloons.
The first weekend of December features a full programme once again presented by Downer. Heading the bill are the mighty OSCA Saloons which this season also include Classic OSCAs. Backing them up will be South Island Pre 65 Saloons, Super Six Saloons, Mini 7 South plus the Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans Saloons and Sports & Racing Cars.
Once again this season the biggest drawcards will take place in January and February. The weekend of 13 - 15 January will see the traditional Summer Series meeting with the heavyweight categories of New Zealand motor racing such as the BNT V8s, UDC V8 Utes and the Toyota Racing Series. The Suzuki Swift Sport Cup and Formula Ford also return. There are some major changes this season with two exciting new categories, Sports GT and Production GT joining the fray. Sports GT will accommodate a variety of ultra quick machinery such as Transams, V8 Supercars, Porsche GT3s, OSCA Saloons plus GT1 and GT2 Saloons. The Production GT Class caters for Production Racing Series cars as well as Sport Saloons, NZGT vehicles and similar machines.
The following month the Evolution Motorsport Classic SpeedFest takes centrestage from 17-19 February with another full array of rare, exotic and glamorous cars in what is always a relaxed weekend of nostalgia. Historic Touring Cars, Classic Saloons and Vintage Cars are joined by Pre 65 Saloons, Sports & Racing Cars plus the Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans Saloons.
The finale of the season is presented by Downer on 11 March when the Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans Saloons, Sports & Racing Cars plus another appearance by the motorcycles wrap up the season.
Some exciting innovations were unveiled at Teretonga Park last year with the new dedicated pace car and fire trailer plus the most noticeable improvement - the state of the art control tower all being commissioned at the circuit.
With the facilities continually being upgraded and the popularity of the sport always high in the south, another great season is on the horizon.
Keep up to date with what is happening at Teretonga Park this summer at www.teretonga.org.nz CALENDAR 2011/2012 SEASON - TERETONGA PARK
24/25 September 2011: Motor Racing presented by Downer - 3 Hour Endurance Race, 1 Hour Endurance Race, Pro 7, Motorcycles, Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans, Sports & Racing Cars
30 October 2011: Motor Racing presented by Downer - Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans, Sports & Racing Cars, Super 6 Saloons, Pro 7 Saloons, South Island Formula Ford, German Rennsport
3/4 December 2011: Motor Racing presented by Downer - OSCA (including Classic OSCA), Pre 65 Saloons; Mini 7 South, Super 6 Saloons, Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans, Sports & Racing Cars
13-15 January 2012: BNT V8s, UDC V8 Utes, Toyota Racing Series; Suzuki Swift Sport Cup, Formula Ford, Sports GT, Production GT
17-19 February 2012: Evolution Motorsport Classic SpeedFest featuring Classic Saloons, Historic Touring Cars, Vintage Cars, Sports Cars, Racing Cars, Pre 65 Saloons, Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans
11 March 2012: Motor Racing presented by Downer - Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans, Sports & Racing Cars, Motorcycles