Spectacular Sports Cars join NZRDL for two events

NZ Sports Cars will join the New Zealand Racing Drivers League for two events for the 2013-2014 and will be one of the classes provided by the NZRDL for the second round of the BNT V8 SuperTourers endurance championship at Hampton Downs on October 19 and 20.

The big Hampton Downs V8 meeting in October will open the season for the category, and it will have a calendar that will include fixtures at Manfeild on March 1 and 2 and Taupo on 5 and 6 of April with the New Zealand Racing Drivers League.

The mini Le Mans racers will be racing at two NZRDL events

The mini Le Mans racers will be racing at two NZRDL events

Sports cars are one of the fastest growing and most spectacular classes of racing in the world today with manufacturers like Radical, Juno and former-F1 constructor Ligier all developing the pocket Le Mans-style racers for a growing market.

The cars are light, generate huge downforce and are powered by a variety of lightweight and powerful motors including hi-revving motorcycle engines and powerful road car engines like the Honda K20A. Most utilise advanced sequential gearboxes like their bigger Le Mans cousins and the result of all of that technology is that they are amongst the fastest of all racing cars in New Zealand.

“I cannot tell you how excited we are to have secured the NZ Sports Car Club as a category which we will run at NZRDL events,” said NZRDL organiser Chris Watson.

“The cars are amazing and the category is growing – which makes it a very rare animal in NZ motor racing. There’s no question that at the bigger meetings we will be involved with like the BNT V8 SuperTourers, they will be a big hit with the crowds.”

Race classes like the Motul Honda Cup, the 2K Cup, Rotary Race Enthusiasts, North Island Formula Ford, Formula Libre and Superkarts will all run their core series as part of the NZRDL. The new Toyota TR86 series will also be on the bill at the season finale event at Hampton Downs next May.