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Race wins propel Bethune ahead in NZ Formula 1600 Championship title hunt

January 20, 2019

Three wins from four races at Teretonga Park, Invercargill, over the weekend has propelled Auckland driver Josh Bethune ahead on the 2018/19 NZ Formula 1600 Championship points table. The southern circuit hosted four 8-lap races in varying weather conditions that saw 21 cars take to the grid. It was the third round of the national series which also doubled as..

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Rookie Penrose wins; Kohlbecker shines

January 12, 2019

Rookie driver James Penrose has won the opening race at the second round of the New Zealand Formula 1600 Championship held at the Mike Pero Motorsport Park this afternoon. Penrose was able to hold out championship leader Josh Bethune who took second from pole-sitter Jordan Michels. “I couldn’t be happier,” exclaimed Penrose. “He (Bethune) was pushing me all the way..

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Rivals look to threaten Bethune’s NZ F1600 Championship lead at Ruapuna

January 7, 2019

2018/19 New Zealand Formula 1600 Championship Round 2– Preview 12-13 January 2019 Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Christchurch A large grid of 26 Formula 1600 single seaters will take to the Mike Pero Motorsport Park this coming weekend as the second of five New Zealand Formula 1600 Championship rounds gets underway.  Current points leader Josh Bethune from Auckland (Ray GR17) will..

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Bethune has perfect run as F1600 rivals falter

December 3, 2018

Rnd 3: December 1-2 2018, Teretonga Park Raceway, Invercargill At the halfway mark in the 2018/19 South Island Formula 1600 Championship, Auckland Josh Bethune has taken a commanding lead after a perfect third round at Teretonga Park, Invercargill. Bethune was fastest in qualifying and won all three races giving him a 69-point lead over Southland's Jordan Michels with Canterbury rookie..

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South Island Formula 1600 rivals will target young Bethune at Teretonga

November 28, 2018

Auckland’s Josh Bethune has a narrow lead heading into the third round of the South Island Formula 1600 Championship in Invercargill this weekend. While Bethune may have set the pace in the opening two rounds, it has not been straight forward with a group of rivals all determined to be at the front. Leading the charge and in second overall..

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Bethune dominants opening NZ F1600 round at Timaru

November 11, 2018

Auckland’s Josh Bethune has stamped his mark on the 2018/19 New Zealand Formula 1600 Championship with a dominant performance at Timaru on Saturday.  Bethune set the fastest lap in qualifying then crossed the line first in all three races. Wins were recorded for race 1 and 3 while a 5 sec penalty was given for passing under a yellow flag..

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National F1600 title fight underway at Timaru this weekend

November 8, 2018

Twenty-four cars will line up on the grid in Timaru on Saturday for the opening round of the New Zealand Formula 1600 Championship. Also doubling as the second round of the South Island F1600 Champs, the one-day event will see more young drivers joining the field, making it one of the best line-ups for several seasons. It was Auckland’s Josh..

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Bethune wins arm-wrestle at opening South Island Formula 1600 round

October 28, 2018

Josh Bethune has won the opening South Island Formula 1600 Championship round at the Mike Pero Motorsport Park in Christchurch over the weekend. The three-race meeting proved to be an ‘arm-wrestle’ between three returning drivers, Bethune from Auckland, Southland’s Jordan Michels, Christchurch’s Bailey Paterson and rookie James Penrose from Rangiora. With Bethune, Michels and Paterson each claiming a race win,..

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More ‘young guns’ take on the battle for South Island Formula 1600 title

October 25, 2018

The 2018/19 South Island Formula 1600 Championship gets underway at the Mike Pero Motorsport Park in Christchurch this weekend with 23 single seaters expected to take the grid. Last season’s champion Josh Bethune makes a return with a last-minute entry. The Auckland driver is keen to both defend his title and make a second bid for the national title that..

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