Fifty years ago, the Hamilton Car Club ran a competitive motorsport event which is now regarded as the first rally in New Zealand. The May 1967 event was called the Rally of the Pines and was won by club member Bill Purvis in a 1951 Morris Minor that he rebuilt after bidding for it as […]

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Nineteen-year-old race driver Jordan Baldwin has topped the points-table following the intensive week-long camp in Dunedin which commences the New Zealand Elite Motorsport Academy programme for 2017. Baldwin, from Howick, Auckland, is one of eight young motorsport competitors selected to participate in the year-long training and coaching programme designed to provide the competitors with an […]

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Eight motorsport competitors from Auckland, Whakatane, Hamilton, Marton and Christchurch have been selected to participate in New Zealand’s world-class Elite Motorsport Academy programme for 2017. Represent race and rally motorsport disciplines, the talented young competitors selected for the 2017 Elite Motorsport Academy are: Jordan Baldwin, 19, race driver, Auckland Sarah Brennan, 25, rally co-driver, Christchurch […]

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East Auckland’s Jacob Smith has topped the points-table of the 2016 New Zealand Elite Motorsport Academy to win the Ian Snellgrove trophy. The prestigious trophy, awarded in memory of long-time Motorsport New Zealand general manager and academy programme trustee Ian Snellgrove, was presented to Smith during the Motorsport New Zealand annual awards dinner in Wellington […]

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Australian Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen, world rally star Hayden Paddon, rising single-seater racer Liam Lawson and passionate classic car race driver and organiser John Holmes have been presented with the premier awards at MotorSport New Zealand’s annual awards night. Held at Te Papa in Wellington on Saturday 27 May, the annual MotorSport New Zealand […]

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The South Canterbury Car Club hosts the final round of the 2017 New Zealand Hillclimb Championship over the weekend of 1-2 April. An integral aspect of grassroots motorsport in New Zealand, the NZ Hillclimb Championship attracts competitors from around the country keen to demonstrate their speed and skills behind of the wheel in a controlled, […]

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Newly-crowned Supercars champion Shane van Gisbergen and world rally stars Hayden Paddon and John Kennard are among 22 athletes nominated for the High Performance Sport New Zealand Sportsman of the Year in the Halberg Awards. The three Kiwi motorsport competitors were named by the Halberg Disability Sport Foundation as Sportsman of the Year nominees in […]

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The combination of Shane van Gisbergen winning his first Supercars championship title, fellow Kiwi Supercars driver Scott McLaughlin securing third place in the hard-fought Australian championship and Europe-based Kiwi sports car racer Earl Bamber confirmed to race for the Porsche LMP1 team marks another significant weekend of New Zealand motorsport.  Van Gisbergen secured his debut […]

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Blenheim’s John Kennard has been recognised for his achievements in the FIA World Rally Championship as co-driver to Hayden Paddon by the Marlborough community, with Kennard named the Marlborough sportsperson of the year earlier this week. This is the first time Kennard has been named sportsperson of the year in his regional sports awards, having […]

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The next New Zealand summer motor racing series, including the 2017 Toyota Racing Series and the 2016-17 BNT Touring Car Championship, will be promoted by a new organisation following a structured tender process conducted by MotorSport New Zealand (MSNZ) in conjunction with the Series Organisers Group (SOG) which comprises representatives of the main race categories. […]

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