Sars Utes Take To The Track In Anger

By: SsangYong NZ   |   17 Jun 2014

Seven Ssangyong Actyon Racing Series Ute’s are entered for the National North Island Endurance Series 1 hour race at Manfeild Park Raceway on Saturday the 28th June, marking the first time the new SARS Ute’s will race against each other.

The Ssangyong Actyon Race Series [SARS] has attracted wide interest because it offers affordable racing with identical vehicles and guaranteed national television on TV3’s CRC Sunday afternoon Motorsport show. It also promises a lot of fun and comradeship amongst both the competitors and Ssangyong New Zealand.

Rick Cooper, ex-Mayor of Taupo and SsangYong NZ Chairman, is adamant that first and foremost the SARS weekend is about having fun together and sharing each other’s passion for motor racing. “The racing will take care of itself and we will take care of the fun bit and that’s a promise” he said.

Christina Orr, is making her return to motor racing at Manfeild after taking the last four years off to start a family, and is looking forward to showing the young guns that she has lost none of her abilities behind the wheel.

The young guns, Faine Kahia [Taupo], Brook Reeves [Marlborough], Cory Holmes, [Waiuku] Chris Symons [Palmerston North] Alex Sherie [Auckland] and Hayden Johnson [Auckland] are all out to beat each other and claim the $3,000 winners price which comes of the cost off the $30,000 plus GST sales price of the racing ute or the $3,000 weekend lease of the ute.

The racing action and the SARS competitors will also be the focus of a special CRC motorsport “magazine” style feature on TV3 and the upcoming New Zealand Speedshow. Bio’s and photographs of all 7 drivers are available by request to the Series Coordinator Mark Petch.

The SARS Championship kicks off on the 28th September 2014. It is the preliminary racing category to the BNT V8 SuperTourers.

For those interested in finding out how they can get involved in the SsangYong Actyon Racing Series, contact Series Coordinator Mark Petch on 021 721 666 or email

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