The ASKO Appliances South Island Endurance Series roars into life at Teretonga Park in Invercargill this Saturday with the fastest endurance cars in the country set to do battle
This is the only series in the world where you see a late model the Aussie V8 Supercar go head to head with a Porsche GT3 RSR, as the Matt Carter/Dwayne Carter BA Falcon Supercar makes its South Island debut against the Porsche GT3 RSR of South Island Endurance regulars Scott & Lindsay O’Donnell.
These two cars are likely to be the pacesetters of the Series, as Carter/Carter look for a repeat of their 2007 Series win, while O’Donnell will be hunting his first South Island Endurance Series Championship.
With the influx of 12 Porsche GT3’s last year, the Porsche numbers are well down with only series regulars Alan Dippie/Steve Grellet, Angus McFarlane/Michael Bushell and later in the series Lindsay O’Donnell/Mark Dwyer entering their Cup cars in 2009. The only other Porsche in the field is that of Garry Cliff/Hayden Knighton who have purchased the past North Island Endurance Series championship winning Turbo 996 4WD, so these guys will be looking for some Teretonga rain.
With all of the above cars entered into the new ASKO Appliances GT class, the Southern Finance Ltd Class 1 (3501cc and above) is dominated by the traditional Kiwi Hybrids. 2008 Levels pole setters Craig McDermid/Peter Swaney return with their familiar green Twin Turbo Corolla and George McFarlane will be back with the similar powered Altezza. Bruce Davidson/Dave Garden will switch to the 2nd of their C5 Corvettes, being the newer and lighter car, and add in the Ford/Holden battle between Series regulars John Wadsworth/Warren Croft & NZV8 runners Chris Adams/Dave Stewart in the red team with their VY Commodores and Aussie based competitor Perry Scarfe with Stu Black in the GT Radials Falcon Ute, this year with V8 grunt, in the Blue corner.
Other cars that are likely to surprise will include the WTCC spec BMW 320i of Warren Good/Arron Black, who were the first non-Porsche home at Teretonga last year, as well as the North Island Combination of Derrin Greenslade/Todd Murphy in the rapid Honda S2000 powered Datsun 1600. Local icon Inky Tulloch returns to the series with the now turbo charged Honda Integra and of course not to be discounted are the BMW SuperTourers of Dennis Chapman/Dale Chapman and Matt O’Donnell/Eric Swinbourne.
All these cars will also be vying for class victories in the Hagley Building products Class 2 (2001cc -3500cc) and Burnside Contractors Class 3 (0-2000cc) as well as competing for the new Matt Heagney Memorial trophy, in memory of series competitor Matt Heagney who was tragically killed in Blenheim recently. This memorial trophy will be awarded to the first 4 cylinder home in the Series.
“There is a quality field rather than a quantity field at Teretonga” says SI Endurance Club secretary Chris Dunn. “We have a heap more cars that will be joining us from the Levels round, plus we will have the added excitement of the new 2 Round One hour series being held at Levels and Ruapuna also”
Entries are still available for both the Three Hour and One Hour Series'. For more information contact series secretary Chris Dunn at email@example.com, phone 021 107 9293 or visit www.asko.co.nz