Racelab AMR looking for more of this at Hampton Downs in the Super GT NZ Series

Friday, February 11, 2022

If you hadn’t already seen it but this weekend is the third round of the Rodin Cars Super GT of New Zealand Series from Hampton Downs Motorsport Park towards the north of their North Island with again two RaceLab prepared Aston Martin racing V8 Vantage GT8R competing amongst the mixed 911 class and GT4 grid.

New for 2022, this four round series has already visited both Highlands Park and the Mike Pero Motorsport Park for their respective weekend of two shorter, half races over Saturday and Sunday before culminating with an hour long race on the Sunday leaving the bright yellow #78 car of Stephen Harrison just ahead in the GT4 Class.

Last time out in Ruapuna, the #77 of Shaun Helms so nearly scored the team’s first overall race win of the season/series after rain and a favourable compulsory (BoP adjusted timed) pit stop left the black and gold Aston out in the lead with just one lap to go.

Unfortunately, a spin at the hairpin negotiating back markers put paid to that but a Class win for Helms and with Harrison coming home a close third was enough for Harrison to obtain the class lead and for Helms to move up to P4 going into the Hampton Downs event.

After the balmy weather of Highlands Park back in mid-January, Ruapuna was affected by a mix of hot sunshine and persistent rainfall and that has been the case today as early testing was again affected with heavy rainfall before drying out towards the end of the day.

Qualifying will take place tomorrow ahead of the afternoon’s half hour opener before getting straight back into in on Sunday morning with another half hour race before the hour-long race to end the day.

Photo credits - Super GT NZ / Teams
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