First Aston Martin GT8R confirmed for New Zealand's new Super GT Series

Monday, December 20, 2021

One of the early bird series in 2022 will be the new Rodin Cars Super GT Series down in New Zealand as they kick off a four round series starting the weekend of the 15/16th January at Highlands Park.

Back in early September, it was reported that all thirty slots within the new series had been sold to prospective entrants including two Aston Martins entered by the Auckland based Space Lab team.

Today saw the second of their indicated three car entry for the series confirmed and the first of an expected two AMR Vantage GT8R entry (alongside their Ginetta G55 GT4 entry already confirmed) for local driver Shane Helms.

Having only recently acquired the GT8R, Helms is yet to drive the car but is hopeful of some track time before Christmas. Coming with a huge amount of race experience from both the North and South Island Endurance Series, Helms said that “the GT4 platform is great, they’re fast and reliable cars, and they’re cool. But also for me, it’s about racing against similar machinery that are similar in speed.”

“Sometimes you enter an endurance race and for the first couple of laps it’s all go, then you just settle into a groove and get to the end. I expect the actual racing in this series to be pretty close.”

Having seen photo’s recently on-line of both the #111 and #77 cars testing at Highlands Park, we still await confirmation of the driver line up in the yellow GT8R – the car that secured the GTB Class Championship win in the North Island Series back in June.

Photo credits – Super GT NZ, Space Lab / NIESC

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