There was never a dull moment during Round 2 of the SsangYong Racing Series with 28 SsangYong utes on the grid at Hampton Downs over the weekend.
Auckland SsangYong’s Hayden Johnston in the Sleepyhead sponsored ute displayed outstanding driving skills and put his ute firmly in pole position for the first race, only to suffer from an electrical issue which put him out him out of contention for a podium finish.
Daniel Conner in the Elf ute showed excellent speed and consistency to take the round win after taking second place in Taupo. Marty Irvine in his Racer Products ute was pleased to take second and a podium finish for the first time in the series. In third place for the weekend, showing her talent and skill, was the first of the five women drivers - Christina Orr. This is a fabulous result for Christina, who was also celebrating her birthday on Sunday and has just returned to motor racing after taking off four seasons to have her two children.
These three drivers were awarded prize money for their places on the podium. The other seven drivers who placed in the top 10 also will receive their share of the $3,000 prize money thanks to sponsor Elf Lubricants.
SsangYong NZ Chairman Rick Cooper said the anticipation going into Round 2 was huge and the racing was spectacular. “Despite this being an entry level form of motor sport, these drivers are competitive and mean business out there on the track. It is great to see them taking it so seriously and we are seeing some genuine talent coming through. Bring on Round 3 at Pukekohe!”
Race Director Mark Petch said it is amazing that there are only two race utes left out of the original 30 built for the series. “And it is looking like those two will be racing at Pukekohe making it a grid of 30.”
At the end of the weekend a few of the utes looked slightly beaten up but thanks to SsangYong Motor Company, the spare parts are being subsidised, making it very affordable for the teams to repair any panel damage in time for Round 3 at the end of the month.
For those that missed getting out to Hampton Downs in the weekend, an hours coverage of the SsangYong Racing (Round 2) will be played on TV3’s CRC Motorsport in a couple of weeks.
For those interested in finding out more about the SsangYong Racing Series, contact Series Race Director Mark Petch on 021 721 666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org