SuperTourers' series set to rumble at Ruapuna

17:58, Nov 26 2012

Spectators will be treated this weekend to 20 V8 SuperTourers at the Powerbuilt Tools Raceway at Ruapuna to contest the Mike Pero Real Estate 350.

The final endurance round boasts a top field of 40 drivers and co-drivers, including Greg Murphy and several from V8 Supercars along with New Zealand's best.

Christchurch-born Scott McLaughlan, 19, heads the points table with 2995, well ahead of Nelson's John McIntyre on 2840. McLaughlan had a top round in Winton last weekend when he took the lead in the Dunlop Series, the feeder class for the Australian V8 Supercars, with one round to go.

Practice for the event will be tomorrow with two 175km races on Sunday.

Tomorrow afternoon sees the finale to the three-hour ASKO Appliances South Island Endurance Series as part of the V8SuperTourer meeting, with the winner receiving the South Canterbury Toyota Cup and a cheque for $10,000.

After two rounds, 2011 series champion Paul Kelly and co-driver Daniel Gaunt (Porsche 997 GT3) are tied on 201 points with Rick Armstrong/Matt Hamilton (997 GT3). The second International Motorsport car of Andrew Bagnall/Ant Pedersen (997 GT3) is only a single point behind on 200.


The high-flying Nelson Tigers Superstock team will be on the prowl at AmPro Tools Woodford Glen Speedway tomorrow night.

The former national champions, fresh off last weekend's win over Wellington, will field a star-studded team for their David v Goliath battle against the TTL Hire Centre Glen Eagles.

Also on the programme is the Canterbury super saloon championship.

Currently under way in Southland is the annual Burt Munro Challenge.

The Burt Munro Speedway Spectacular at Oreti Park tomorrow night will involve over 65 competitors competing in 60 races.

One of the most hotly contested classes will be the sidecars, with 20 local entries set to battle with several Christchurch combinations.

Christchurch's Murray McLaren passed away late last week after a brief illness.

Growing up in Ashburton, he worked at the local Ford dealership where he was introduced to motorsport by the McElrea family.

It was a passion that took him around the world working on single seater race cars, particularly in America.

He is respected throughout the global motorsport community for his work with Swift race cars, particularly in the Formula Atlantic class.

McLaren had an encyclopaedic knowledge of cars, races and personnel, all drawn from his own experiences.

One of his last joys was to see Ken Smith win the Wigram Cup in a Swift DB4 at the John Hawkins Memorial Invitation for Formula Atlantics at the Wigram Revival meeting last month.

A celebration of McLaren's life will be held today at the Linwood Rugby Club, 56 Kearneys Rd, at 10am.

Benjamin Carrell is the online editor for