The new motor racing season begins at Teretonga Park this weekend with an exciting, action packed, two day programme
This race meeting features Endurance Racing on Saturday followed by a full day of action on Sunday consisting of the Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans Saloons, Pro 7 Saloons, Sports and Racing Cars, plus Karts and Motorcycles.
It all kicks off on Saturday as the ASKO Appliances South Island Endurance Series visits Teretonga Park for what has become the opening round of their 2010 Series after the original opener was postponed due to the Canterbury earthquake. The 3 Hour race has attracted a quality entry with last years race winners Auckland brothers Matt and Dwayne Carter back to defend their title in their BA Falcon V8 Supercar. Last years runner-up, Scott O'Donnell of Invercargill returns in his Porsche 996 RSR, this year paired with former single seater star Andy Neale of Christchurch. Last years third placegetters Bruce Davidson and David Garden are also lining up again in their Chev Corvette C5.
A host of other cars will also be in contention including the Arron Black/Warren Good BMW E46, John Wadsworth/Warren Croft of Blenheim in their Commodore, Allan Dippie and Grant Aitken in another Porsche GT3 and the Craig McDermid and Chris Henderson Toyota. A number of competitors will compete in a 1 hour race within the longer 3 hour event and when the 60 minute mark arrives those competitors are flagged off the track while the 3 hour combatants continue on.
The following day, Sunday, sees a quickfire programme of racing with something for everyone.
Timaru driver Jarrod Parmenter, the current New Zealand and South Island Pro 7 Saloon Champion, will be tough to topple in the Pro 7 Class while last years South Island Series runner-up Jason Corboy will be looking to continue his good form of last season. Local drivers Wayne Elliott plus husband and wife competitors Dean and Nicky Maw will also be to the fore in their Mazda RX7s.
Current Southland Sports Car Club Champion Robert Ralston will be the man to beat in his Nissan Silvia in the Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans Saloon races with Brent Cross of Winton in a Mitsubishi EVO 3 and Tony Mann of Dunedin in a 5.7 litre Ford Capri his biggest threats.
In the Sports & Racing Car Class Damon Leitch will race a Formula Renault Tatuus, similar to a Toyota Racing Series car, while younger brother Brendon Leitch steps into the family Formula Ford. Another young, successful karting graduate, Jamie Conroy of Invercargill, also has a Formula Renault at his disposal. Challenging that youthful trio will be local drivers Trevor Earley, Dave McKenzie, Steve Heffernan, Don Nelson and Roxburghs Alf Dryden. Cameron Freeman of Mosgiel brings one of the rapid Formula Suzuki cars south to add spice to the field.
2008 Open Grand Prix Champion Paul Dunlop of Clydevale, one of the country's best superkart drivers, heads the entry in the kart races which should be quite spectacular.
Motorcycles, always a popular addition to the programme, wrap up an exciting and varied start to the new season.
The action commences with qualifying at 9.30am each day with racing to follow. Admission for adults is $5 on Saturday and $10 on Sunday while children under 14 years of age are free on both days.
Full information on the Southland Sports Car Club 2010/2011 season can be found at www.teretonga.org.nz