Thursday, 02 November 2017 11:36

New Zealand rulers: Kiwis take flight

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Is there something in the water in New Zealand? For a country with a population well south of five million there's no shortage of motorsport talent, as the Virgin Australia Supercars Championship is witnessing in 2017. We spoke to Kiwi Supercars legend Greg Murphy and MotorSport New Zealand CEO Brian Budd to find out the key to this success in V8X Supercar Magazine issue #101.

Issue #101 is on sale now in stores with the digital edition available in the official V8X app (in the App Store and Google Play), online at DigitalEdition.V8XMagazine.com.au and in the Magzter app store.

CLICK HERE for more information on issue #101.

New Zealand is well and truly on top of Australia in the latter's premier motorsport category. The rise of DJR Team Penske to take up the fight to Red Bull Holden Racing Team has thrown the spotlight on New Zealanders Scott McLaughlin, Fabian Coulthard and reigning champion Shane van Gisbergen, all race winners this season.

While the emergence of three fast Kiwis at the pointy end of the Supercars standings might appear inconsequential, other than as a vehicle for some light-hearted trans-Tasman banter, McLaughlin, Coulthard and van Gisbergen are not the only New Zealanders impressing on the world stage.

When you take a look the success of multiple IndyCar champ Scott Dixon, World Endurance Championship winner turned Formula 1 racer Brendon Hartley, Formula E racer and GP2 race winner Mitch Evans, Le Mans 24 Hour winner Earl Bamber, World Rally Championship ace Hayden Paddon and the versatile and Supercars-bound Richie Stanaway, you quickly realise how much New Zealand talent is out there. And those names just scratch the surface.

In a rugby-obsessed nation, motorsport success mostly flies under the radar but the understated achievements of Kiwi racing drivers is steeped in history.

CLICK HERE to purchase issue #101 to read the feature.

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Event Date
Superloop Adelaide 500 February 28-March 3
Melbourne 400 March 14-17
Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint April 5-7
WD-40 Phillip Island SuperSprint April 12-14
Perth SuperNight May 2-4
Winton SuperSprint May 24-26
BetEasy Darwin Triple Crown June 14-16
Watpac Townsville 400 July 5-7
Ipswich SuperSprint July 26-28
The Bend SuperSprint August 23-25
ITM Auckland SuperSprint September 13-15
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 October 10-13
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 October 25-27
Sandown 500 November 8-10
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 November 22-24
   

 

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Scott McLaughlin

3944

 2

 Shane van Gisbergen

3873

 3

 Jamie Whincup 

3433

 4

 Craig Lowndes

3153

 5

 David Reynolds

3225

 6

 Chaz Mostert

2807

 7

 Scott Pye

2608

 8

 Rick Kelly

2515

 9

 Fabian Coulthard

2477

 10

 Nick Percat

2290

 Full points table