Winners of the opening One Hour Carter’s Tyres South Island Endurance race will face more competition this Saturday at the second round of the 2020 series. Sam Collins and Nick Ross (Ford Mustang) made it look easy at Teretonga Park in Invercargill three weeks ago, leading for almost every lap. An increase of competitors for the second round at the Mike Pero Motorsport Park in Christchurch will see 42 cars take to the track hunting for overall and four separate Class titles.
This time Marco Schelp (Porsche Cup S) and Angus McFarlane/Angus Bushell (Porsche GT3 Cup) will join the field looking to finish on the podium as well as competing for Class D (GT3 type) honours at their home circuit. Also, in the mix is Dunedin’s Martin Dippie (Porsche 991 GT3 Cup), who finished second overall at Teretonga and won Class D from Ben Derrick/Garry Derrick (Porsche 991 GT3) and Russell McKenzie (Porsche 991 GT3 Cup). Joining the field will be Lindsay O’Donnell in the McLaren GT4 570.
Collins and Ross are favourites for Class C (>3501cc) honours but will be kept on their toes by Bruce Davidson (Chev Corvette) and Murray Beeby/Karl Beeby (Nissan R32 GTR). Such is the competition in this series where you must finish each round to gather enough points for overall and Class titles.
For the second consecutive year Invercargill’s Jordan Michels (Honda Civic TCR FK7) leads Class B (2001-3500cc) and is proving difficult to beat. The Class is one of the most popular with a number of TCR cars competing including two Audi RS3 TCRs of Debbie and Dennis Chapman and the VW Golf GTi TCR of Mike Driver/Phil Hood.
Class A (0-200cc) is again proving the most popular with 15 entrants, ten of those competing in Hondas’. Three Honda Civics took the Class podium at Teretonga with the win going to Andrew Kitching/Andrew Bartlett, second place to Andrew Gibson/Paul Booth and third to Bradley Rule.
Saturday’s round at Ruapuna will be in contrast to the opening race with a longer more technical circuit to compete on. Qualifying takes place on Saturday with a 60-minute race late morning. With COVID-19 restrictions back to Level 1, the Canterbury Car Club has opened its gates to spectators free of charge. Racing will also be live-streamed thanks to The Heart of Racing.
The third and final round will take place at the Timaru International Raceway on Christchurch 17 October.
SIERDC One Hour Entries
Driver No. 1 Driver No. 2 Class Car
Bradley Rule, A, Honda Civic Type R
Justin Ashwell, A, Suzuki Swift Sport
Paul Martin, A, Honda S2000
Art Markus, A, Toyota Starlet KP60
Clark Scott/Jim Boult, A, Honda Integra Type R
Vaughan Moloney, A, Honda S2000
Andrew Kitching/Andrew Bartlett, A, Honda Civic
Andrew Gibson/ Paul Booth, A, Honda Civic
William Taylor, A, Honda Integra R
Mark Meadows, A, Lotus Exige
Tim Dossett, A, Honda Civic
Jarred Morgan, A, Honda Civic Type R
Marc Denton, A, BMW E30 320i
Marcus Barnett/Shaun Johnston, A, Honda Integra
Ben Silcock/Andre Simon, A, Toyota
Robert Gjaja, B, Lotus Exige
Dennis Chapman, B, Audi RS3 LMS TCR
Jordan Michels, B, Honda Civic TCR
Mal Walters, B, Mazda RX7
Grant Askew/Cole Askew, B, Seat Supacopa Leon
Mike Driver/Phil Hood, B, VW Golf GTi TCR
Matthew O’Donnell, B, BMW M1 GTR
Mark Neville, B, Subaru WRX Imprezza
Craig Elstob, B, VW Golf GTi
Debbie Chapman, B, Audi RS3 LMS TCR
Grant Williams/Ben Williams, C, Mazda RX8
Angus McFarlane/Michael Bushell, D, Porsche GT3 Cup
Danny Whiting, D, Porsche 991 Gen II GT3
Bruce Davidson, C, Chev Corvette C6R
Brayden Phillips, C, Ford Falcon
Steve Scoles, D, Ginetta G55 GT4
Russell McKenzie, D, Porsche 991 GT3 Cup
Sam Collins/Nick Ross, C, Ford Mustang
John Buchanan, C, Porsche GT4
Murray Beeby/Karl Beeby, C, Nissan R32 GTR
Martin Dippie, D, Porsche 991 GT3 Cup
Chris Nicholas, C, Porsche GT3 997
Marco Schelp, D, Porsche Cup S
David McAlpine/Kynan Yu, D, McLaren GT4
John Wadsworth, D, Chevy Cruze
Lindsay O’Donnell, D, McLaren GT4 570
Ben Derrick/Garry Derrick, D, Porsche 991 GT3