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All eyes on New Zealand Grand Prix race at Super Sprint weekend

A grid of 20 cars will start the 67th New Zealand Grand Prix – being held at the Hampton Downs Motorsport Park round of the Super Sprint MotorSport New Zealand Championship this weekend 3-5 February.

The penultimate round of the 2023 Castrol Toyota Formula Regional Oceania Championship, the event brings an additional four entrants to the series.

Last contested in 2021 it was won by Shane van Gisbergen. The 2023 entry list includes eight Kiwi hopefuls.

In terms of prestige New Zealand hosts one of only two FIA-recognised national Grand Prix events that are not part of the Formula One World Championship. For all those competing the win is a holy grail achievement.

First held in 1950 at the Ohakea RNZAF air force base the New Zealand Grand Prix became a summer holiday fixture for the world’s top drivers. Previous winners include Stirling Moss, Sir Jackie Stewart, Graham Hill and more recently, current F1 drivers Lance Stroll and Lando Norris.

Boasting multiple race winners in the last three consecutive weekends of racing that build up to the Grand Prix, the competition is close. Currently headed by Austrian Charlie Wurz, he has a slender six-point lead in the standings. Qualifying times at the previous Manfeild weekend placed 13 of the 16 cars within 0.783sec of pace setter Wurz.

A change weekend introduces a new format to the race determining qualifying session. Following the Formula One style, the session will be divided into thirds, a 15 minute segment, 10 minute segment and a final 12 minute segment.

There are three races for the Toyota FT-60 cars contesting the New Zealand Grand Prix – a 20-lap race on Saturday and Sunday morning, with the main event of 28 laps from 4pm Sunday.

Prize money on offer this weekend will reward fastest in qualifying with $500 through to $5,000 for winning the Grand Prix event on Sunday afternoon.

The weekend also includes the opening round of the Valvoline D1NZ drift series – who take to the circuit following the day’s race programme on Friday and Saturday.

Adding to the show is the return of the Golden Homes GT NZ category – swelling to 25 cars.

The TradeZone GTRNZ field boasts 69 entrants, with a further 18 cars from Central Muscle Cars, plus the Toyota 86 category, Hi Q Formula First and NAPA Formula Ford – which includes former V8 Supercar driver Greg Murphy.

The weekend will be televised live on Sky Sport 5 and Fox Sport Australia (as well as Pasifika TV). Coverage begins 10am Saturday morning through to 7:30pm, and 8:30am to 5:30pm on Sunday. TV3 will broadcast from 1pm Sunday to 5:00pm.

Tickets can be pre-purchased online with gate sales also available.

Entry list: 2023 New Zealand Grand Prix

#

Car

Driver

Age As At

Nationality

Team

26 Jan 23

1

4

Billy Frazer

19

New Zealand

Hamilton Motorsport

2

5

Lucas Fecury

19

Brazil

Kiwi Motorsport

3

7

Charlie Wurz

17

Austria

M2 Competition

4

8

Tom McLennan

18

Australia

Kiwi Motorsport

5

15

Kaleb Ngatoa

21

New Zealand

Giles Motorsport

6

17

Callum Hedge

19

New Zealand

M2 Competition

7

18

Laurens van Hoepen

17

Netherlands

M2 Competition

8

21

Josh Mason

20

Great Britain

Kiwi Motorsport

9

23

Liam Sceats

17

New Zealand

M2 Competition

10

26

Louis Foster

19

Great Britain

Giles Motorsport

11

36

Adam Fitzgerald

19

Ireland

Giles Motorsport

12

51

Jacob Abel

21

USA

Kiwi Motorsport

13

55

Breanna Morris

19

New Zealand

Giles Motorsport

14

66

Ryan Shehan

17

USA

Giles Motorsport

15

77

David Morales

19

USA

M2 Competition

16

84

Chris van der Drift

36

New Zealand

Hamilton Motorsport

17

86

Brendon Leitch

27

New Zealand

Kiwi Motorsport

18

88

Chloe Chambers

18

USA

Giles Motorsport

19

98

James Penrose

27

New Zealand

Kiwi Motorsport

20

101

Ryder Quinn

17

Australia

M2 Competition

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