Southland ready for massive motorsport event

LOGAN SAVORY
Last updated 05:00 08/01/2014
Teretonga Park

READY FOR ACTION: Sam Rodden, left, and Riki McDonald from McEntee Event Hire putting up a marque at Teretonga Park.

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Petrol heads from throughout the world are filtering into Invercargill this week as the Southland Sports Car Club braces itself for what is regarded one of Southland's bigger annual sporting events.

Competitors, mechanics and supporters of the Toyota Racing Series, which includes overseas drivers, converged on Teretonga Park yesterday as they get ready for this weekend's Motorsport New Zealand Race Championship Series.

The numbers will continue to grow at Teretonga over the next couple of days as the Toyota Racing Series teams are joined by teams from the likes of the Formula Ford, V8 and Super 6s classes who are also competing at the southern track this weekend.

Southland Sports Car Club president Howard Kingsford-Smith said yesterday it was a massive event both for the club and for the city as they try to look after the hundreds of visitors that will be in town for the event.

"It brings a lot of people to town who eat, drink, and stay somewhere and there's the spectators who come in from the surrounding area as well," he said.

Kingsford-Smith said one of the club's biggest challenges was pulling together the 120-plus volunteers they needed to help run the event.

He said they were very fortunate that people were willing to step in and help out.

"We rely on a lot of volunteers who are not club members but enjoy motorsport and want to be part of the weekend. We also rely heavily on club members who are not racing," he said.

What will add an extra spark to an already exciting weekend for motorsport in the south is the fact there will be a heavy presence of Southland competitors. They include brothers Damon and Brendon Leitch who will both lineup in the Toyota Racing Series.

Teenager Liam McDonald will compete in the V8s alongside fellow Southlander Grant Molloy while Jamie Conroy will look to continue his good form in the Formula Ford Series.

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- The Southland Times

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