Posted 06 Nov 2014, 3:48pm by Brent Shaw with 0 comments

Gallery > Taupo Car Club Labour Weekend National Race Meeting (Part 1)

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Taupo Motorsport Park was the venue once again over Labour Weekend for the opening round for many of the Independent Race Classes (IRC), including Super Mini Challenge, Formula First, NZGT, Pre 65's, NZ Six, GT1/GT2, Porsche Racing Series, NZ Sports Cars, and of course my own class - the Mazda Pro7 Racing Series.

 

Taupo Car Club Labour Weekend National Race Meeting
When I headed out onto the track for my first test session on the Friday, it occurred to me that I hadn't raced here for around 18 months, so it took a few laps to get used to the breaking points and apexes again.

 

Taupo Car Club Labour Weekend National Race Meeting

 

Taupo Car Club Labour Weekend National Race Meeting
I spent as much time out on the circuit over the Friday, Saturday and Sunday as I could to ensure I had plenty of practice behind the wheel, and also to run in my freshly rebuilt engine.

 

Taupo Car Club Labour Weekend National Race Meeting

Taupo Car Club Labour Weekend National Race Meeting

Taupo Car Club Labour Weekend National Race Meeting
This meant that I didn't really get a chance to take any on-track photos, but I did manage to snap a few shots as I wandered around the pits between races.

 

Taupo Car Club Labour Weekend National Race Meeting

Taupo Car Club Labour Weekend National Race Meeting

Taupo Car Club Labour Weekend National Race Meeting
There are always a few lovely road cars to be spotted in the carpark too, like this 964 model Porsche 911 wearing Gulf colours.

 

Taupo Car Club Labour Weekend National Race Meeting

Taupo Car Club Labour Weekend National Race Meeting
The Motul Honda Cup were also invited to this Taupo Car Club-organised event, and their numbers were very strong as usual.

 

Taupo Car Club Labour Weekend National Race Meeting

Taupo Car Club Labour Weekend National Race Meeting

Taupo Car Club Labour Weekend National Race Meeting
Thankfully Andrew Tierney was on hand to provide a few shots of each of the classes in action, so together we are able to present a nice photographic summary of the weekend...

 

Taupo Car Club Labour Weekend National Race Meeting

Taupo Car Club Labour Weekend National Race Meeting
Pre 65 Racing

 

Taupo Car Club Labour Weekend National Race Meeting

Taupo Car Club Labour Weekend National Race Meeting

Taupo Car Club Labour Weekend National Race Meeting
Formula First

 

Taupo Car Club Labour Weekend National Race Meeting
NZ Sports Cars

 

Taupo Car Club Labour Weekend National Race Meeting
Super Mini Challenge

 

Taupo Car Club Labour Weekend National Race Meeting
Mazda Pro7 Racing...

 

Taupo Car Club Labour Weekend National Race Meeting
...which included the MX5 Racing NZ class to keep the old Series 1s on their toes...
 

Taupo Car Club Labour Weekend National Race Meeting
... as well as the newly introduced RX-8s.

 

Taupo Car Club Labour Weekend National Race Meeting

Taupo Car Club Labour Weekend National Race Meeting

Taupo Car Club Labour Weekend National Race Meeting
And finally the highly entertaining 'Allcomers' class.

 

The Mazda Pro7 Racing results for the weekend have just been emailed through to me, so Part 2 will include these, as well as more photos from the weekend.

Check out more upcoming events at Taupo Motorsport Park in the Venues section of KiwiMotoring.

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- Brent Shaw

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