Golden Homes North Island third endurance race underway this weekend

It’s the penultimate round of the Golden Homes North Island Endurance Series this weekend at the Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park in Taupo.  Three races will take place on Saturday with the Two-Hour underway first thing at 9am followed by the One-Hour at 11:30pm and three-Hour at 1:30pm.

Currently the Two-Hour series is led by Shane Parsons/Lindsay Lyons (Honda CRX), 20-points ahead of David Grigor (Honda Civic FD2) with Glen Reid/Jamie Anderson (BMW E36 328) in third.  27 entries are expected to take to the grid with three Mazda RX-8 coming up from the South Island which include Cameron Davies and Flynn Mitchell , newly crowned SS Cup Champion Jarrod Parmenter and his co-driver Andrew Brunton in another as well experienced South Island Endurance Series competitor Mike Driver in his RX-8.

In the pointy end of the field Brendan Murphy and Brock Cooley have returned for Round 3 while the two BMW 235i’s of Wayne Leach and Paul Burborough as well as Todd and Rhys Bawden should have a decent chance at Taupo.

Brock Timperley and John McIntyre will return to the One-Hour race, after missing Round 1, in their highly modified Ford Falcon V8 NZV8 while Lochlainn Fitzgerald-Symes (Porsche 997) will be looking for a top 5 result after a fourth place disappeared underneath him in the dying stages at Hampton Downs.  Overall Glenn Smith/John de Veth (McLaren 650 S GT3) lead from John Midgley (Ford Falcon FG V8ST) and Anthony Leighs (Audi R8 LMS Ulta GT3).

The second Three-Hour round of the series saw the Neil Foster/Jonny Reid Audi R8 LMS GT3 take their first victory of the season.  They remain in second overall behind the very quick Alex Riberas/Darren Kelly (Aston Martin Vantage AMR GT3) with Glenn Smith/John de Veth (McLaren 650 S GT3) in third.

Benjamin Carrell is a freelance motorsport writer and currently edits He writes for a number of Kiwi drivers and motorsport clubs. That's when he's not working in his horticultural day-job or training for the next road or mtb cycle race!

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