Premier Race Championship Series calendar confirmed for 2021/22
Motorsport promoter Speed Works Events has confirmed its 2021-2022 summer season calendar and it will feature eight premier motorsport events with a return to the South Island.
Up to ten classes will race at each of the two day events and for South Island fans, they can look forward to the NAPA Central Muscle Cars and the all-new Super GT series featuring at both Highlands Motorsport Park and the Mike Pero Motorsport Park Ruapuna in January.
The season begins at Hampton Downs over the weekend of November 12-14 with the Central Muscle Cars topping the bill with nine other classes in support. The second round at Pukekohe Park on December 3-5 coincides with a rescheduled Bathurst 1000 event and will provide the best of both worlds for fans with plenty of Bathurst themed action and entertainment off track and plenty of racing thrills from ten competitive categories.
The third round sees the action head once again to the world class Highlands Motorsport Park facility over the weekend of January 14-16 where the new Super GTs will make their first appearance. They will share top billing with Central Muscle Cars with seven other classes on the card including the first round of the Gold Star TCR/Super Production Championship and the NZ Formula Ford Championship.
A week later on January 21-23 national championship motorsport returns to Christchurch and the legendary Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Ruapuna for the first time in four years with the same big ticket classes providing the action.
In an exciting new concept, Speed Works’ January 28-30 Auckland anniversary event at the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park will also feature two grids of motorbikes as well as nine grids of cars, with the Victoria Motorcycle Club running both its Senior and Intermediate Sprint Cup classes over the weekend. A capacity Senior grid of 40 plus superbikes and 600cc racers will be a major draw card.
The New Zealand Grand Prix over the weekend of February 11-13 will also once again be a season highlight with the Castrol Toyota Racing Series cars making their only appearance of 2022 to battle it out for honours in the 67th running of the FIA-sanctioned event. That event has a support cast that includes the CMC field, the Best Bars Toyota 86 Championship, Super GT, RYCO 24•7 V8 Utes, the two grids of the TradeZone GTRNZ series, NEXEN Tyre Mazdas and the spectacular Hi-Q Components Formula First championship.
Seven fantastic national classes support the TCR/Super production final round at Pukekohe Park on March 4-6 and the rest of the season’s champions – including the NZ Formula Ford Championship winner – will be crowned at the season finale at the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park on March 25-27.
In addition to other regular classes running at Speed Works events like the NEXEN Tyre Mazda Racing Series, MOTUL Honda Cup, TradeZone GTRNZ and New Zealand Touring Cars, the three grids of the BMW series, the 2K Cup, Formula Ford and Rush Hour also appear during the season. South Island classes OSCA and Rennsport will join the action at Highlands and Ruapuna respectively.
“There’s no shortage of entertainment on offer and it’s probably never been busier for us in terms of classes, even though it’s obviously going to be disappointing for drivers and fans that the TRS cars will race at just one weekend,” said promoter Geoff Short.
“We often say there’s something for everyone at our events but we’ve gone one step further this coming season with the addition of bikes, the new Super GTs and some old favourites who haven’t run with us before on a regular basis. We’re going to have a good grid of Super GTs and we have NAPA Central Muscle cars at seven of our eight events. We’ve also got continued support from all of the great classes that run with us regularly and we are welcoming some new ones for the coming season. It’s fantastic that even in these challenging times we have this support and can all look forward to an awesome summer of motorsport action.”
Premier Race Championship Series 2021/22 Calendar
Hampton Downs Motorsport Park – 12-14 November 2021
Pukekohe Park Raceway – 3-5 December 2021
Highlands Motorsport Park, Cromwell – 14-16 January 2022
Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Christchurch – 21-23 January 2022
Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo – 28-30 January 2022
Hampton Downs Motorsport Park – 11-13 February 2022 67th New Zealand GP
Pukekohe Park Raceway – 4-6 March 2022
Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo – 25-27 March 2022