Connor Adam hits the world’s most southern race track
The 2.1km Teretonga Park Raceway in Invercargill holds the title of the Worlds most Southern International racetrack and its demanding never-ending turn one tests any driver in any type of vehicle and matching that is the just under 1km long main straight making this track a complete contrast to last weekends 4km Highlands Park circuit.
The Best Bars Toyota 86 Championship has never been tighter than what we are witnessing this season. Qualifying measuring the top five cars within tenths and thousands of a second and then the entire field within just seconds showing the intense nature of this one-make series.
The beautifully presented PostHaste machine has become one of the standout looking cars among the 15 full-time entries and certainly the most recognisable car on the track. The IMS fleet of four cars, as always immaculate on the gird.
Connor Adam showing outstanding form within Fridays practice sessions topping the timesheets in the jaw-dropping temperatures that hit the mid 30c mark as Invercargill became the hottest place in the country and it drained the energy from everyone, let alone the drivers.
Early Saturday morning saw the overnight rain and showers in the area clearing and it was not to hamper the racing in any fashion and by qualifying time for the 86 grid the weather had cleared and conditions were simply ideal for racing.
The racing across the entire field was to define the word intense and the 15 lap race 1was to be the first example of that with placings been traded throughout the field during the race. For Connor, it was to be a fine 5th place finish and again more of his 100% finish record this season which is proving to be more important all the time due to the tightness of this field of young drivers.
Sunday dawned to clear skies and the heat again hit the area as the mercury rose again. Race two was yet another classic and only a slight error cost Connor when he ran wide on the infield section of the circuit but he fought back in Stella fashion and resulted in a 9th placing.
To the massive 20 laps final race and by far the best start of the weekend for Connor as he got off the line well as the field headed to that famous turn one. This was a nail biter of a race and plenty of pressure all around with Connor taking out the fourth spot as the top four battled it out in what seems to be a regular thing this season with the podium becoming Vodanovich, Robotham and Ransley then Adam.
The Best Bars Toyota 86 series takes a break now for two weeks before rejoining the SpeedWorks Season at Manfeild the weekend of February 14th – 16th.
Catch Connor at the track this summer during the SpeedWorks Championship Series and the 2019-2020 Toyota 86 Championship or LIVE on Sky Sport 5 with highlights coverage on Prime Thursday nights from 7:30 pm.