Tasman Revival Formula 5000 series leader Ken Smith will be out to add the Tasman Grand Prix crown to his season’s tally when the V8-powered open-wheelers race at Pukekohe this weekend
Last weekend, Lola T430 driver Smith won the Lady Wigram Trophy race at a rain-lashed Ruapuna Park, Christchurch.
The Aucklander will again be challenged strongly by Christchurch's Tony Richards (Lola T332), who is currently second in the points standings, and by American Jay Esterer (McRae GM1) and Kiwi Roger Williams (Lola T332) who both won races at Ruapuna.
Others in the 23-car field include Ian Clements in a new Lola T332, fellow Christchurch Lola T332 driver Stan Redmond. Britons Michael Dwyer (Lola T400) and Frank Lyons (Lola T330), and Kiwis Sefton Gibb (Lola T332), Stuart Lush (McRae GM1) and David Abbott (Lola T430).
This weekend's round also sees, for the first time this season, the return of special category guest Phil Mauger in the ex-Dennis Hulme McLaren M23 Formula 1 car.
Formula 1 and Formula 5000 cars used to run together in selected non-championship races in Britain and Europe in the 1970s and Mauger, who used to race the Begg 018 now owned by Invercargill's Noel Atley, joins the local series at selected meetings.
Also in a Formula 1 car this weekend is Peter Burson with an ex-Henri Pescarolo/Jean-Pierre Beltoise 1974 BRM P201
2008/2009 MSC New Zealand F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series points standings: Ken Smith (Lola T430) 235; Tony Richards (Lola T332) 191; Ian Clements (Lola T332) 169; Aaron Burson (Talon MR1A) 151; Stan Redmond (Lola T332) 141; Sefton Gibb (Lola T332) 125.