NZ GT3: Series Teretonga Park preview

TWILIGHT RACE FOR BATTERY TOWN PORSCHES THIS WEEKEND The Battery Town Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge championship takes advantage of the long Deep South twilight with a 'mini-enduro' at the national motor racing series meeting at Invercargill's ...

TWILIGHT RACE FOR BATTERY TOWN PORSCHES THIS WEEKEND

The Battery Town Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge championship takes advantage of the long Deep South twilight with a 'mini-enduro' at the national motor racing series meeting at Invercargill's Teretonga Park Raceway this weekend.

The 30-lap race is the feature of the Saturday programme, starting at 7.40pm and finishing at 8.25pm.

Twilight races were a popular part of the Porsche GT3 Cup series programme up until two years ago when the advent of the A1GP World Cup of Motorsport programme saw Teretonga's traditional January date moved to March.

Now the popular local event - always one of Southland's biggest - is back in January the Saturday night endurance race is also back. And not before time says the general manager of series organiser European Motors, Grant Smith.

"Our factory-built GT3 Cup cars lend themselves to this type of event and though it is not quite a 'night' race the changing light conditions at that time of the evening add a new dimension for drivers and spectators alike."

The 30-lap twilight race is the first of three on the programme for the Battery Town Porsches at this weekend's meeting with qualifying on Saturday afternoon and two further races on Sunday, a 12 lap sprint in the morning and a 16 lap top six reverse grid final in the afternoon.

Defending champion Craig Baird still has a healthy lead in the series points standings but after qualifying quickest and winning all three races - including the reverse top six grid final - at the third round of the 2008/09 series at Timaru last weekend teammate but arch-rival David Reynolds has tipped the balance back in his favour heading south.

Having been drafted into the Triple X team to replace former Baird nemesis Matt Halliday half way through the 2007/08 season Reynolds raced at both Timaru and Teretonga in March last year and rates the latter as one of his favourites.

"It's one of the best tracks I go to in New Zealand. It's fast and flowing and my type of track," said the 23-year old, who starts testing there for the weekend's meeting today.

Third in the series points standings heading into the fourth of six championship rounds is former single-seater standout and last season's Battery Town Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge championship runner-up and Rookie of The Year, Daniel Gaunt.

Aucklander Gaunt enjoyed another good result at the third series round last weekend, qualifying fourth and claiming a third in the first race and fourths in the second and third to finish third overall behind Reynolds and Baird.

The Battery Town Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge championship will produce another full grid this weekend with 13 cars set to contest the three races.

The Battery Town Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge joins fellow headliners the BNT V8s and the Toyota Racing Series on the programme at this weekend's Teretonga meeting with support from the MTA New Zealand Formula Fords, Suzuki New Zealand Production Racing series and Mini Challenge.

-credit: nz gt3

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Series Road racing
Drivers Craig Baird , Daniel Gaunt , Matt Halliday
Teams Toyota Racing