Palmerston North’s Bryan Hartley, father of Brendon and Nelson Hartley, will break his race career drought at this weekend’s Historic GP when he lines up in the Formula Open NZ (FONZ) category, driving a Swift DB4.
Hartley’s last race event was aboard a Formula Holden at the Adelaide Grand Prix in 1995 – the last time the Formula One event was held there.
“I’m very out of practice,” Hartley said after his initial drive of the Taupō International Motorsport Park.
It is also his first drive of the new circuit – one his sons Nelson and Brendon are familiar with.
“This is going to take more than six laps to get the hang of. Even so, the car is fantastic – really enjoyable. I’ll get there – we’ve got no problems other than I’ve got to get faster.
Recently purchased from Peter (PJ) Johnston, it was to have been raced by Kaleb Ngatoa – who is instead driving in the Castrol Toyota Formula Regional Oceania Championship (CTFROC).
The FONZ category have three races, two 10-lap races on Saturday and a 12-lap race on the Sunday.