The 2016 Aussie Racing Car season is about to come to a close, the final round is this weekend in New Zealand at the newly revamped Hampton Downs circuit. For the second consecutive season the pocket rockets have ventured overseas, last year the first round of the series was at Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell on New Zealand’s South Island.
Hampton Downs is approximately an hours drive south of Auckland and has just undergone a $25 Million dollar make-over, including a 1.2km extension to the already exciting track, new over pit corporate suites and go-kart track.
31 Aussie Cars will take to the track first up on Friday, two New Zealand drivers will have a small home town advantage, although the new extension is yet to be raced upon. Of course, the Australian drivers have the advantage of have being in their cars all year long.
It’s been a long season which kicked off in March at the Clipsal 500, last year’s champion Brendon Pingel was the victor at the first round continuing his form from 2015, from their we travelled further south to the Phillip Island round, where Kel Treseder took the outright win. The next outing was the exciting Darwin round, always a favourite amongst the ARC fraternity, it was a party from go to woe with Ben Walsh winning this round. The class then headed to Queensland Raceway for the “home” round, after all was said and done Treseder again had the line honours for the weekend. A standalone event at Sydney Motorsport Park saw mixed results for everyone, eventually James Duckworth came out on top.
Now that we head to Hampton Downs Duckworth currently leads the championship on 247pts from Craig Woods (235pts) with Trent Young (231pts) in third place unfortunately Young has not made the trip across the ditch. Time will tell whom can prevail over the rest of the teams on the new New Zealand race track.
A feature this weekend is the CAMS (Confederation of Australian Motorsport) female Trans-Tasman Challenge, representing the Aussies is Charlotte Poynting in her Camaro and standing for New Zealand is Alyssa Clapperton in a Mustang, the battle will commence during the second race on Saturday.
Once all is said and done, and won, the class will have its final swan song at Pukekohe Park Raceway just 20 minutes south of Auckland, the last event is an invitational, non-points round alongside the Supercars again. This is the first-time Aussie Racing Cars have race at this circuit.
Keep an eye on our Facebook Page and Website for updates, results and photos from our media team. Thank you to all the trackside volunteers for all your support this year at each of our rounds, and thanks also to all our fans for your support at the tracks, via TV and our Social Media, we hope you have enjoyed 2016 and we look forward to seeing you again in 2017.