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
Adelaide 500 1-4 March
2018 Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix 22-25 March
Tyrepower Tasmania SuperSprint 6-8 April
WD-40 Phillip Island 500 20-22 April
Perth SuperSprint 4-6 May
Winton SuperSprint 18-20 May
CrownBet Darwin Triple Crown 15-17 June
Watpac Townsville 400 6-8 July
Coates Hire Ipswich SuperSprint 20-22 July
Red Rooster Sydney SuperSprint 4 August
The Bend SuperSprint 24-26 August
Sandown 500 14-16 September
Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000 4-7 October
Vodafone Gold Coast 600 19-21 October
ITM Auckland SuperSprint 2-4 November
Coates Hire Newcastle 500 23-25 November

 

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Pos

 Driver

 Points

 1

 Scott McLaughlin

1775

 2

 Shane van Gisbergen

1614

 3

 David Reynolds

1448

 4

 Craig Lowndes

1362

 5

 Jamie Whincup

1342

 6

 Scott Pye

1279

 7

 Fabian Coulthard

1229

 8

 Rick Kelly

1216

 9

 Chaz Mostert

1109

 10

 James Courtney 

1104

 Full points table