One last dance in New Zealand for Heart of Racing at Hampton Downs

Wednesday, November 04, 2020

Having competed in both the North and South Island Endurance Series down in New Zealand over the last couple of months, one last joint Series meeting at the Hampton Downs racetrack beckons the Heart of Racing Aston Martin Racing V8 Vantage GT3 of Darren Kelly and Alex Riberas. 

Having ‘unfortunately’ found himself isolated and all alone in New Zealand whilst on holiday, a chance meeting between the then Heart of Racing IMSA Weathertech Sportscar Championship driver Riberas and New Zealand’s former Drift Champion Kelly rapidly formed and actioned into race plan to compete within the limited but still highly competitive GT race scene of the country. 

For their efforts, a brand-new AMR Vantage GT3 was shipped out to the country for them to compete and raise much needed financial support for the Starship Foundation for sick children just like the team does in IMSA. 

The #52 car eventually went on to win the opening round and then the overall South Island GT Championship, but this weekend sees them return to Hampton Downs to race in a one-off event against the best that the North and South Island series can muster in a winner takes all three hour race. 

They in turn will again be joined by the AMR Australasia Vantage GT8R GT4 with Shane Helms & Steve Harrison behind the wheel having already secured two Class podiums at this year’s North Island events.

Photo credits - New Zealand GT / HoRT
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