26 Jan
26 January 2024

High octane spectacle assured at Manfeild for NZ series

The next generation of racing superstars will compete at Manfeild in Feilding this weekend, with the return of the Super Sprint Motorsport New Zealand Championship series.

The weekend’s high-octane spectacle will be headlined by international rising stars in the Toyota Formula Regional Oceania Championship, alongside the thunderous return of the Super V8s and the electrifying debut of the TA2 Muscle Cars.

In support will be the Toyota 86 Championship and the GT New Zealand superstars including two brand new Mercedes AMG GT2s.

This weekend is the second of five successive events for the Regional Oceania Championship drivers, and for most of them it will be their first time in Manawatū.

Headed by Poland’s Roman Bilinski, who had a sensational set of race wins at last weekend’s season opener, it’s ground zero as the drivers take on a brand new venue.

One driver who does know the location is Marton’s Kaleb Ngatoa.

With proven success in the formula event, he showed leading pace last weekend and shapes as a prime candidate to show the others the way around the 3.03km circuit at Manfeild.

In the Super V8 category it will be the first time the TA2 Muscle Cars will run at Manfeild, and the event is a precursor to the trans-Tasman 16-car series.

For the GT New Zealand category, the 2024 start to the season includes a second brand new Mercedes AMG GT2 that will turn its first lap at Manfeild.

Sam Filmore leads the open class (Porsche 992) and Brock Gilchrist leads in GT4 (McLaren 570S).

Leading the Toyota 86 Championship is Hawke’s Bay youngster Tom Bewley, who is returning for his second season and visit to Manfeild.

Action starts from Friday with practice rounds, qualifying is on Saturday morning and the first race early in the afternoon.

Racing continues all day Sunday and will be televised live on Sky Sport (New Zealand), Fox Sports and Kayo (Australia), Pasifika television and through Europe on motorsports.tv.