SsangYong 'Actyon Sport Ute' Racing Series
What is it?
The SsangYong Racing Series (SRS) has become a very successful “Grass Roots” free to air televised [TV3’s CRC Motorsport Show] Manufacturer backed Championship series for amateur drivers. The Championship kicked off back in September 2014 and has succeeded in becoming a major support category within New Zealand’s SPEEDWORKS Premier Motor Racing Series. This coming season our 5 round 2018/19 SRS Championship supports all 3 of SPEEDWORKS North Island rounds.
This Season Championship starts at the International Australian GT Championship round at Hampton Downs on the 19/20/21 October, and end with the 3 hour Ssangyong Endurance race at Pukekohe on the 16/17, March 2019.
OK so what are the race ute’s specs?
Each of the 30 Ssangyong Actyon Sport race utes are identical in every respect, and because it’s a “one make” manufacture supported series its also a tightly controlled category, so competitors can have absolute confidence that all the race utes are exactly the same spec, with no variations allowed between the vehicles – so that it really comes down to driver ability, as apposed to who has the biggest chequebook!
The 2.3 litre Mercedes-Benz petrol engine is controlled by a dedicated LINK ECU purpose designed and manufactured here in New Zealand and specifically calibrated to suit the engines application in motorsport. A close ratio sequential gearbox transmits engine torque to the rear axle which is equipped with a limited slip differential, in order to help control wheel-spin.
18” alloy wheels fitted with Hankook’s multi purpose treaded tyre’s ensure good traction in all condition’s, and keeps cost to a bare minimum, as one set of tyres will normally do the whole season. The race tuned suspension is lowered and also incorporates adjustable rebound dampers which allows the competitor to fine tune the suspension to his or her liking. The race utes also features disc brakes all round complete with competition brake pads and a manually controlled cockpit bias adjuster.
Who can race?
Anyone can, male, female, young or old, with a fondness for fun and adventure regardless of experience, as well as those with the desire to give motor racing a real crack. The SRS is restricted to amateur driversWho currently makes up the field? The SsangYong Racing Series has morphed into a competitive racing category for up-and-coming drivers looking to make their way up the motor racing ladder. At the moment there are vey limited options available between Karting and V8 Touring cars, and none of these affordable options such as Formula First have any television exposure. SRS gives these youngsters not only a place to hone their race craft – but also to be widely recognised for achieving results in a very competitive environment. In saying that there are a number of other drivers involved with the series that just want to “give it a go” and enjoy the comradeship that goes along with our series. Several of these amateur drivers have also delivered some impressive results out on the track too.
What is up for grabs?
$50,000 in prize money spread over the 5 round SRS Champions plus a prestigious SsangYong Racing Series Trophy to be proud of.
The SsangYong Actyon Race Ute comes to you ready to race as a blank canvas ready for your graphic designs – no excuses, now is the time to live your dream by getting yourself out there on the track!
Now come and get your trophy...