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Distance record mark beaten at Manfeild


New records are to be declared following attempts at the New Zealand distance mark over 24-hours at Manfeild Autocourse.

Untitled Document In the Porsche New Zealand Endurance Team, the six driver lineup of Mack Storey, Harry Dodson, Steven Neville, Ross Heffernan, Jeff Hogg and Ray Williams shifted the 24-hour distance mark nearly 200km.

Covering 2942.13km in the 24-hours they circulated around the 3.03km Manfeild circuit a total of 971 times in the Porsche 996 turbo.

Contesting the diesel category, car owner Maurice O’Reilly was joined by Wayne Moore, Paul Goatley and VW development engine builder Eberhard Rattunde, driving a VW Jetta.

They covered 872 laps for a total distance of 2642.16km, despite spending 54 minutes in the pits after the first hour to replace a damaged CV boot.

The old record the Porsche was contesting was 2753.964km and 2482 kms for the VW.

The results are subject to MotorSport NZ ratification.

By Lance Hastie

Auto Trader New Zealand