Aston Martins back on track in the renamed GT New Zealand Championship

Thursday, November 03, 2022


Previously named the Super GT New Zealand Series, the now GT New Zealand Championship hits the tracks of that country again in mid-January 2023 with another expected grid of over thirty cars.

Having come so close last time out after a pit stop penalty GT4 Championship defining moment at the final round of the season sees another RaceLab prepared Aston Martin Racing Vantage GT8R for ex pat. Stephen Harrison’s return for a second attempt as one of two expected AMR powered entries within the Championship.

Having raced as a pair of RaceLab prepared AMR’s last season alongside that of Shaun Helms, Harrison was leading the class for most of the three races per four round season only to fall foul of a post-race five second penalty for a pit lane speed infringement saw his original championship win reversed to finish ultimately second in class behind the McLaren 570s of Nigel Cromie.

The bright yellow #78 car of Harrison was then also put up for sale by the Aston Martin Racing ANZ partner outfit down under at the end of the season so this news marks either a reversal of that decision or that Harrison has secured another platform to compete in this time around.

With still nearly ten weeks before the opening round of the season at Hampton Downs in mid-January, we believe it will be some time before the complete entry list is confirmed and to see if this second Aston Martin is either another GT4 or a GT3!

Photo credits – Super GT NZ / Team
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