The Southland Sports Car Club had their traditional annual Volunteers/Marshalls night this week in the lead up to the Speed Works meeting at Teretonga Park in Invercargill over the weekend.
Toyota Gazoo Racing New Zealand were there in force with Bob McMurray interviewing drivers Chelsea Herbert and Henning Enqvist and managers Amanda Tollemache and Mark Whittaker.
Other interviews were with Geoff Short from Speed Works and MotorSport NZ’s competition manager Elton Goonan and CEO Simon Baker.
Brendon White of D1NZ was next and said D1NZ had been in existence for 17 years but this was their first trip to Teretonga Park. However the drivers already rated it the best circuit in New Zealand. Australian drifter Jake Jones was next up and gave some very interesting insights into the sport.
Each group acknowledged that if it were not for the volunteers they could not compete. That is one of the reasons why the club holds this evening each year – to show their appreciation.
The evening ended with some prize draws and supper, every volunteer receiving a prize. Of the major prizes, life member Wendy Jenks will be taking a ride with Jake Jones on Friday, sitting alongside him in his 700hp Toyota GT86.
Bernard Mathews and Sean Maloney both won Lexus rides while the club was also very pleased to announce that last season’s Marshall Of The Year, Chanel Muir, will be off to New Zealand’s round of the Virgin Australian Supercar Championship at Hampton Downs in April to work as part of their marshalling team at the event – a fantastic opportunity.