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Summerset GT New Zealand Championship Set for South Island Double Header

The Summerset GT New Zealand Championship begins the first event of a South Island double header when racing gets underway this weekend at Ruapuna.


Following a weekend of mixed weather conditions at Manfeild two weeks ago, Sam Filmore holds a narrow lead in the Open Class in his Porsche 992 ahead of Rick Armstrong of just half a point, while in the GT4 Class, the McLaren 570S of Brock Gilchrist holds a 92.5 point lead over the Mercedes AMG of James Sax.


Motorsport fans will enjoy a nineteen car field this weekend at the Ruapuna circuit, the Championship’s first visit to the fast but technical track in two years.


An exciting addition to the Open Class field at the last round at Manfeild last month were the two Mercedes AMG GT2 cars in the hands of Paul Pedersen, and Joel Giddy, which demonstrated that they are fast in a straight line, but are vulnerable in the corners to the nimble Porsche field.


Championship leader Sam Filmore will line-up this weekend in his Porsche 992, but also look for identical cars from Rick Armstrong, Luke Manson and Paul Southam. The Championship also welcomes local Christchurch racer Steve Brooks in his Porsche 992.


Wellington teenager, Regan Scoullar clinched a podium at Manfeild in his Porsche 991.2 and despite two DNS’s over the weekend, could be one to watch at Ruapuna.


Also look for Raana Horan in another 991.2  and Tony Austin in his Porsche 997. Porsche NZ Championship regular Robert Dong will also line-up this weekend in his Porsche 991.1 Cup Car.


The Open Class also welcomes back Brian Green in his unrestricted McLaren 570S GT4.  


In the GT4 class, as well as Championship leader Gilchrist in the McLaren, there is a pairing of Mercedes AMG GT4 cars, in the hands of Sam Cotterill, with James Sax in another entry. Both drivers clinching their first wins at Manfeild two weeks ago.


The Ginetta G55 of Allan Sargeant returns following an up and down weekend at Manfeild, clinching a podium but unfortunately having a weekend ending crash in the next race. The Ginetta is however repaired and ready to take on the Ruapuna circuit. Having missed the Manfeild round due to illness, the slightly newer Ginetta G56 of Steve Scoles makes a return.


The BMW M4 GT4 of Garth Piesse also lines up, and the class welcomes back Tony Quinn in a Porsche Cayman which he will share with Kynan Yu.


The championship will see two 30-minute races and a single 1-hour feature race held over the weekend this weekend at Ruapuna, with racing from both days to be broadcast live on Sky Sport.


The Championship then heads to Cromwell next weekend for round four.


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