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Family use motor racing as an excuse for bonding

This weekend’s 21-22 January Southern Sprint event at Teretonga’s race circuit brings father and step-son Brian Scott and Nathan Pilcher door-handle to door-handle as two of the entrants in the live televised event.

A race class at the Super Sprint MotorSport New Zealand Championship round, the family pairing will be joined by 20 others. Also on the entry list is Cromwell’s Hayden Paddon and Dunedin’s Emma Gilmour – both adding seat time to their CV ahead of a season of rally competition.

For Auckland based Pilcher, the family time comes a week on from his role as New Zealand’s Porsche motorsport co-ordinator at Highlands, 13-15 January.

Dunedin based Scott says the event was a prime opportunity – something they haven’t done in eight years. With multiple Southland Car Club championships to his name, Scott will drive a Martini Porsche 997.2 Cup car.

“It is always great to have another family member come racing and test the competitiveness between Nathan and I compared to when we raced in Pre-65 and the Corvette all those years ago,” he said.

Pilcher will drive Scott’s successful 600hp C5 Chev Corvette .

“I am looking forward to racing back where it all began for me, but also to be able to race against Brian makes it special. It might make for some interesting dinner table conversations depending on how the results go,” he said.

Also included in the line-up is Christchurch’s Harry McDonald. The 19-year-old has been re-signed by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing Sweden to take on a full season of racing in the 2023 GT4 Scandinavia Series.

The weekend’s three-race programme will run between the Castrol Toyota FR Oceania Championship and Toyota 86 race programme.

All track action will be broadcast live on Sky Sport and Fox Sports Australia on both the Saturday and Sunday with TV3 airing part of the Sunday afternoon race programme.

Fans also get to be part of the action with a track cruise planned for the lunch break on Sunday 22 January.


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