Southland well represented on starting grid

16:00, Jan 03 2014

Has there ever been a time when so many Southland Sports Car Club members have competed at the top levels of New Zealand motorsport?

When the Motorsport New Zealand Race Championship Series roars into life at Teretonga next weekend there will be seven Southland Sports Car Club members on the grid in three of the major championship classes.

The Toyota Racing Series is renowned for the number of young up and coming international drivers who travel to New Zealand to compete each year but on the grid with them are two local drivers, Damon and Brendon Leitch.

Damon's exploits in the category are well known after contesting the series three times and finishing in the top 10 each time with a best result of third in 2012.

Younger brother Brendon finished third in the 2012 Formula Ford Championship and was runner-up last year. He makes the step up to the 'wings and slicks' category this year.

NZV8 Touring Cars is one of the most popular categories in the land and with two Southlanders - youngster Liam MacDonald and Grant Molloy - running in the TL Class within the series there is plenty of local interest.

Both made their debuts in the championship at Teretonga last year although neither completed the full series.

Invercargill driver Jamie Conroy leads the New Zealand Formula Ford Championship as it arrives at Teretonga while fellow Invercargill driver Steve Heffernan leads Class 2. James Dicey of Cromwell also races in this class and is another member of the Southland Sports Car Club.


The Southland Times