What better way to kick off the first weekend of summer than with the first round of the Prowear NZ Superlap Series held at Hampton Downs Raceway.
The weather gods came to the party and put on a beautiful weekend of sunshine and clear skies, but this also made for challenging conditions keeping the cars cool, and being able to find grip. With that in mind, over the course of the weekend a lot of personal best times were set. Slicks aren’t permitted in this event which meant that everyone was on a more level playing field.
This season has shown the biggest field of entrants to enter in NZ Superlap history, meaning there is a good amount of vehicles in each class. Classes include Pro Open, Pro Street AWD, Street AWD, Pro Street 2WD, and Street 2WD.
Below are some of the top cars from each class.
1st: Garth Walden – 1:04.487
The number 1 driver for the Team RevolutioNZ Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution saw Garth from GWR Australia setting a new National Circuit NZ Superlap lap record. This car was very fast all weekend and kept improving times over the course of the event to take the win.
2nd: Andy Duffin – 1:05.797
Still running old tires from the recent WTAC and being the first outing since then, Andy still managed to put down a very respectable lap in the top 10 shootout earning him a close 2nd. There’s still plenty more room for him to be quicker, but unfortunately NOS isn’t allowed in competition which hindered power delivery. Keep an eye out for improvement from the 3 Rotor Racing 20B Peripheral Ported Mazda RX7 over the remainder of the season.
3rd: Hans Ruiterman – 1:07.487
Also achieving the fastest lap in the top 10 shoot out, the Hans Ruiterman Racing Nissan Silvia S14.5 was only 0.4 seconds off his PB that was set at a previous event while on full slicks.
1st: Iain Clegg – 1:09.910
The ST Hitec Nissan R35 GTR is putting out 1450 hp and was originally built for drag racing, but Iain wanted to get the car involved with circuit racing. While it was not the quickest car out there it still laid down a lap which was enough to get him into 1st and set a new class lap record, beating his previous lap record of 1:10.196! This car has a lot of room for improvement. He wants to run smaller wheels than the current 20″ as there are very limited semi slick options in this size.
2nd: Andy Brooking – 1:10.6
With only running one session in his Nissan Skyline R32 GTR on Sunday morning, Andy was still able to smash out a very quick lap and hold onto 2nd place.
3rd: Kat Benson – 1:12.9
The only female driver in the Pro classes, she sure can hold her own against the boys in the Kat Benson Racing Mitsubishi Evolution 7! She managed to run her fastest lap during the middle of Sunday and set a new PB!
1st: Simon Turner – 1:14.197
Simon’s Mitsubishi Evolution 3 had been off the road for 4 years prior to this event, unfortunately he was battling a miss all weekend and was only able to make two clean laps over the whole weekend. With all that happening, he was still able to secure 1st place in his class, and was only 0.03 seconds off the class lap record! This car has some serious potential!
2nd: Luke Wellacott – 1:16.7
The LW Motorsport Mitsubishi Evolution 10 had just had a big overhaul including a brand new livery just weeks prior to round 1. He managed to knock off 2 seconds from his consistent times to take home 2nd place.
1st: Mark Collier – 1:14.707
This was the first time for Mark competing in NZ Superlap in his turbocharged Mazda MX-5, and he was able to take out the class win.
1st: Darren McDonald – 1:15.7
The Holden Commodore of Darren’s was sporting a new aero package that proved to be very effective at dropping his lap times down and taking the class win.
Jason Shortt from Shortty Racing Team was running in the Pro Open class and finally had a full weekend on the track after suffering multiple gearbox failures in previous seasons. He was taking it easy but still managed a 1:13.536
Keep your eyes glued to Speed Nation as over the next few months we will be doing some full features on some of the cars competing in the Prowear NZ Superlap Series!