Local Formula First Drivers to Feature at Taupo IRC Finale   27 Mar 2012

As the final round of the 2011/12 IRC Race Series at Taupo Motorsport Park nears, one class continues to provide a precious racing spectacle that is eclipsed by no other category in New Zealand.

The Weldwell Formula First category has long been a breeding ground for our future stars in motorsport, and this season is proving no different, with a fresh brood of young guns led by the North Shore’s Matt Higham rising to the fore.

Taupo and the Bay of Plenty are also well represented in the Formula First category, which sees evenly-matched 1200cc Volkswagen Beetle powered single seaters battle in close proximity at speeds approaching 180km/h.

At the pointy end of the field are Rotorua’s Kyle George, and Michael Scott of Te Puke.

Both youngsters have been impressive at times throughout the season, with Scott rising through the ranks as he competes in conjunction with the latter part of the New Zealand Formula Ford Championship, in a Mygale chassis as proven by fellow BOP star Richie Stanaway a few seasons ago.

George has had a tougher time this season, after showing his hand as a serious championship contender in the early stages.

Engine troubles forced George out of contention in the early rounds, but he has bounced back impressively in a borrowed car and still maintains fourth overall in the standings, with Scott close behind in fifth.

Mount Maunganui’s Jason Carter is another local driver to have featured in the Formula First’s this season, and despite missing the first round of the championship, has been consistent in his results in the events since and sits on the edge of the top ten in the points standings, with ninth overall still well within his grasp.

Taupo’s Craig Greenwood is better known with the Formula Challenge named tagged to him, with the former race series come driver training & experience company a popular attraction in the central plateau.

But Greenwood, an ambitious and talented engineer, went about in the off-season converting one of the Formula Challenge chassis to Formula First specifications, and has competed at a handful of events during the 2011/12 season, improving every step of the way.

A former star of the Formula First class, Greenwood is expected to perform well at his home circuit for the final round of the championship over Easter weekend.

The final round of the 2011/12 IRC Race Series at Taupo is held over Easter weekend, April 8-9.

Other categories in action at Taupo for the season finale of the 2011/12 IRC Race Series include the GT1, GT2 and NZGT classes, the Holden- and Ford- powered NZ6, NZ Sports Cars; and races within races in the Mazda Pro 7, SS2000, Pre 65, Mini Challenge and Bridgestone Porsches.

The seven rounds of this year's IRC Race Series has seen events right across the North Island, travelling from Manfeild to Taupo, and up to Pukekohe and Hampton Downs.

The action at Taupo kicks off at 09:00am each day; each class with a qualifying session and one race on Saturday, and two races on Sunday. Tickets are $10, while Gold Card holders and under 15s can enjoy the racing for free.

For more information please visit www.irc.org.nz

(Independent Race Classes)

Add a comment

Bookmark and Share

News

Maoris Honour Kiwi PM & Campaigner at 180th Anniversary Memorial

1 Jul 2016 News
30th June 2016 - On Monday evening a memorial service with a difference took place at The United Synagogue’s Willesden Cemetery.... more

Construction contract awarded for $72 million facility

1 Jul 2016 News
New Zealand Government Hon Dr Jonathan ColemanMinister of Health 1 July 2016 Construction contract awarded for $72 million... more

Business

NZ bonds rally in June quarter

1 Jul 2016 Business News By Paul McBeth
Article - BusinessDesk Friday 01 July 2016 04:46 PM NZ bonds rally in June quarter as interest rates seen lower for longer July 1... more

Insurance policy churn rates 'a disgrace'

1 Jul 2016 Business News By Johnathan Underhill
Article - BusinessDesk Friday 01 July 2016 12:36 PM Insurance policy churn rates 'a disgrace', says NZ Shareholders' Association July... more

Living

The Infinite Air: new book about Jean Batten celebrates NZ aviator's life

27 Jun 2016 Arts
** WIN one of two copies of the novel - visit our Competitions page for more details ** JEAN BATTEN was born in New Zealand in 1909,... more

INTERVIEW: NZ electronica pioneers Pitch Black in London

27 Jun 2016 Entertainment By Charlotte Everett
Pioneers of New Zealand's electronica scene, Pitch Black are celebrating the impending anniversary of their inaugural... more

Property

Bayleys fined $2.2M in price-fixing case

1 Jul 2016 Property By Johnathan Underhill
Article - BusinessDesk Friday 01 July 2016 04:48 PM Bayleys fined $2.2M, Success Realty fined $900,000 in first of 13 price-fixing... more

Record annual profit for Kiwi Property

16 May 2016 Property
By Jonathan Underhill May 16 (BusinessDesk) - Kiwi Property Group, the country's biggest listed property investor by market value,... more

Migration

Kiwis could be affected by tighter UK rules

30 Mar 2016 Migration By Audrey Young
British High Commissioner Jonathan Sinclair is defending changes to skilled migrant rules for Britain but suggests they won't affect... more

Immigrants' attitudes to corruption worries SFO

17 Feb 2016 Migration By Sophie Boot
Feb. 17 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand's record inbound migration has undermined the country's squeaky-clean reputation because of an... more

Travel

More funding for the New Zealand Cycle Trail

3 Jun 2016 Travel & Tourism
New Zealand Government   Rt Hon John Key Prime MinisterMinister of Tourism 3 June 2016 More funding for the New Zealand... more

Jucy plans to expand pod-style hotel chain to Australia

16 May 2016 NZ Tourism
Article - BusinessDesk Monday 16 May 2016 12:20 PM Jucy plans to expand pod-style hotel chain to Australia in 2017 By Fiona... more

Sport

Kiwi Teams make historic First Ascents

1 Jul 2016 Sport
NZ Alpine Team Over the past two weeks, Kiwi teams climbed four new routes on Taulliraju (5830m), one of the hardest mountains in the... more

Misfortune strikes All Blacks centre Moala

26 Jun 2016 Rugby By Daniel Gilhoolyd
more

Columns

Gordon Campbell on our refugee response, and a TPP rewrite

14 Jun 2016 Opinion
Column - Gordon Campbell   Gordon Campbell on our paltry refugee response and a brazen US rewrite of the TPP First published at... more

Gordon Campbell on Muhammad Ali

7 Jun 2016 Opinion By Gordon Campbell
As with Bob Dylan, Muhammad Ali changed the times in which he lived so thoroughly that anyone coming along afterwards will probably... more

Kiwi Success

Former Health Minister Tony Ryall appointed nib NZ chair

1 Jul 2016 Appointments By Sophie Boot
Article - BusinessDesk Friday 01 July 2016 11:42 AM Former Health Minister Tony Ryall appointed nib NZ chair; Clarke to focus on... more

New Arts Council appointments

1 Jul 2016 Appointments
New Zealand Government Hon Maggie Barry Minister for Arts, Culture and Heritage 1 July 2016 New Arts Council appointments Four new... more

Recruitment

Zero-hour contracts gone, PPL extended

10 Mar 2016 Recruitment
New Zealand Government Hon Michael Woodhouse Minister for Workplace Relations and Safety 10 March 2016 Zero-hour contracts gone, PPL... more

Scheme helping to staff hard to fill positions

28 Feb 2016 Recruitment
New Zealand Government Scheme helping to staff hard to fill positions Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says an incentive scheme... more

s