2014 Update 1
Round 1 - Highlands
r o f t u b e D n o s s e c c u S u p Racing
Track Construction - the Facts! Total length: 4.8 km Track area: 58,000 m2 Earthworks: 26,000 m3 Dam (lake) Excavation: 10,000 m3 Total excavation: 45,000 m3 Kerbing: 10 km, 300 m3 of concrete Cement: 700 tonnes AP 40: (road base) 7,000 m3 (13,000 tonnes) Asphalt: 9,500 tonnes @ 700 tonnes a day Skid pan: 7,000 m2, 800 tonnes of asphalt Go Kart Track: 6,000 m3, 500 tonnes of asphalt.
A Southern hemisphere first has changed the landscape of motorsport in New Zealand! The brand new 4.5 km international-standard circuit is located near the township of Cromwell, approximately 50km from tourism mecca Queenstown on New Zealandâ€™s spectacular South Island.
The new Highlands circuit is primarily being constructed as an exclusive members-only facility, a concept successfully utilised in the Northern hemisphere, but new south of the equator. The 4.5 km circuit features three complete tracks that can be used at the same time. An 650 metre go kart track is also operational. The track has a European vibe. Within clear sight of stunning snow-capped mountains during the winter months, the location is one of the driest places in New Zealand and is world-famous for its Pinot range of wines - (Source: Highlands Motorsport Park Website)
Round 1 - Highlands Motorsport Park Sam made the transition to racing V8 Utes with a stellar performance at NZ’s newest racetrack, The Highlands at Cromwell in late January. The Highlands track is 4.8km long and has been receiving raving reviews from some of australasia’s top racing drivers. Highlands sweeping corners, elevation changes and forest sections make for some great racing. Sam accepted the challenge of UDC NZV8 Utes and stepped up with more horse power and a bigger field of competitors from all over the country. The V8 Utes are raced as a support class to the BNT V8 Supertourers. The qualifying race saw Sam
put the pedal down and finished with the 3rd fastest laptime, not bad at all for his first outing in the Bel Group Racing BA Ford Ute. Following a marble draw Sam started Race 1 from 4th position. He held
his ground agaisnt the more experienced veteren drivers, he even gained a place to take 3rd place, and his first NZV8 Ute podium in his first V8 Ute race! Race 2 was a reverse grid and was run on the Sunday morning. Overnight the weather had turned and this gave Sam his first taste of wet weather racing in the UDC V8 Ute Series. While Sam kept close pressure on Glen Collinson for many laps it was a shame when both drivers had a lockup in the wet at the same time and both went off the track, Sam was able to get back on the track and finish the race in 4th position whilst dragging his front bumper (handy to stop any following vehicles from attempting to pass). The rain eventually cleared and Race 3 was held in better conditions. Sam drove execptionally well to finish the final race in 5th position after a wee mishap with the back of Brett Rudd’s Falcon. Both vehicles were able to continue and Sam finished in 5th position. So after many tussles, putting pressure on the older more experienced drivers Sam finished the round with two 3rds, a 4th, 5th and therefore a 3rd finish overall for
the weekend and a spot on the podium. Many thanks go to the supporters and sponsors of Sam “Bazza” Barry in his #71 V8 Ute campaign: BEL Group, Middle Hills, Linkup Paints, Neville Earthworks, Farmlands, Ballance Agri-Nutrients, Pedersen Spreaders Supreme Lock & Hardware, Tompkins Wake, Bones Lepelaars,Ruahine Motors, K Brown Designs, Central Design Print and Stevenson & Taylor.
Next round: March 22nd/23rd in Pukekohe.
Update 1 from Sam Barry and the team from Bel Group Racing. The team ventured to Highlands Motorsport Park in Cromwell, New Zealand for thei...