Ute racing series with strong female contingent

By: SsangYong NZ   |   22 Sep 2014

SsangYong’s Actyon Ute Racing Series is just days away from hitting the tarmac for the first time at Taupo Motorsport Track 27th/28th September with a 26 ute grid and a strong female contingent.

The SsangYong Racing Series, SRS, is the premium support category for BNT NZ SuperTourers and provides up and coming drivers a fun and affordable way to gain genuine motor racing experience at the lowest possible price.

The series has a number of talented drivers, many who have come up from Go Karts including a number of exceptionally gifted female drivers. These include 15 year old Youth Go Karting Champion Chelsea Herbert, the current Australian National Women’s Open Class Kart Champion 21 year old Alexandra Whitley, New Zealand’s leading female Race Driver Christina Orr and the Operations Manager of Takanini SsangYong, up and comer Jessica Antonievic. Stephanie Baigent, daughter of noted former Group A Racer Kent Baigent will also join the Series at the next round of the Championship.

There are also a number of notable male drivers with proven track records such as Rowan Shepherd driving the Eastland SsangYong Ute who is the current back to back Formula First Champion. Also racing in the Series is current 3 times BMW Series Champion Marty Irvine and the “FIG” 18 year old school student Faine Maniapoto from Taupo.

The average age of the drivers on the grid is barely 22 – so there is a lot of youth in the series determined to show the more experienced drivers that they too can “cut the mustard” when it comes to battling it out door handle to door handle, fighting for the win or at the very least bragging rights.

The 26 SsangYong Actyon Utes have been converted into race vehicles by MRX and are all exactly the same specification, which means it will come down to skill and talent on the day. NZ is the first country in the world to launch the SsangYong Actyon Racing Series and to celebrate the launch three senior members of SsangYong Motor Company and Nine International Korean Journalists are flying out to capture the event. One of the Korean Journalists – Mr Won Sungyoul – will even be racing one of the race utes in the first round at Taupo Motorsport Park.

Managing Director Deon Cooper says SsangYong NZ sees the investment as a unique brand exposure opportunity and a way to add some ‘cool factor’ to the SsangYong brand. “Up until now we have focussed on demonstrating the quality and value of the brand – now we want to show the fun side of SsangYong. And with this series we love the fact that SsangYong will win every race!” he added.

Actyon Sport Racing was dreamed up by SsangYong’s Managing Director Deon Cooper and the idea evolved with input from Chairman and motorsports enthusiast Rick Cooper. With the help of SRS Coordinator Mark Petch it has now become a reality with an impressive grid of talented drivers.

One of the major benefits for SsangYong, our corporate partners and our Series sponsors that are involved with this series including LDV Vans, SsangYong Financial Services, ELF Lubricants, MediaWorks and Silver Fern Marquees is the exclusive 1 hour dedicated SRS television show that will be played following the BNT NZ SuperTourers on TV3’s CRC Motorsport throughout the series.

Round 2 of the SsangYong Racing Series will be at the BNT NZ SuperTourers at Hampton Downs on 1st-2nd November 2014. There are 7 Rounds in the 2014/2015 series.

For those interested in finding out more about the SsangYong Racing Series, contact Series Coordinator Mark Petch on 021 721 666 or email mark@ssangyongactyonracing.co.nz

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