After crossing Bass Strait last weekend to race in Tasmania, now the IRWIN Racing crew is once again on the water heading over the Tasman to New Zealand and a return to V8 racing at Pukekohe south of Auckland.
IRWIN Racing's Lee Holdsworth heads to NZ feeling positive after a solid weekend at Symmons Plains where the all-new Mercedes-Benz AMG E63 V8 Supercar from Erebus Motorsport finished the final race in 13th position.
The Tasmanian result was seen as a milestone achievement as the IRWIN team is still very much in the early development phase of the program.
In the past week the IRWIN Racing crew has done a double crossing of Bass Straight via ship, then back to Avalon Airport outside Melbourne for the airlift to Auckland International Airport. All cars and equipment will be set-up in the Pukekohe garage area on Thursday.
The V8s last raced at Pukekohe in 2007, before heading to Hamilton for a street race. The return to Pukekohe has included multiple track safety upgrades, including a new chicane section towards the end of the back straight.
The ITM 400 will be four individual 100km sprint races, two on each Saturday and Sunday. Each race will have its own 15-minute qualifying session. Teams will have four practice sessions on the Friday.