Superstock racing once again takes centre stage this weekend with an international flavour for the 248 Global Challenge at the Robertson Holden International Speedway. A Stockcar teams race and the Manawatu Adult Ministock Champs complete a packed night of action.
Defending PN PartsWorld 248 Superstock Global Challenge champion Simon Joblin will be keen to continue his good run on home soil, after winning the Manawatu Champs here before Christmas. All three Joblin brothers are in exceptional form, with Adam and Scott anointed 2nz and 3nz in Whanganui a fortnight ago. The visiting charge will be led by 1nz Randal Tarrant from Hawkes Bay and Grand Prix winner 5w Keegan Levien.
338gb Chris Brocksopp is the most experienced of the overseas drivers, having competed at this event for the last couple of years and the ENZED Superstock Teams Champs for the Great Britain Lions several times. 28au Allan 'Wildman' Woods is also returning for his third crack at the Global Challenge, accompanied this time by fellow Australian Nick Cameron.
A Stockcar teams race between the Palmerston North Pumas and Wellington Young Guns adds to the entertainment on offer. A Pumas team of 76p Cameron Renwick, 172p Daniel Burmeister, 174p Brendon Learmonth, 772p Kyle Lampp and 882p Brandon Jugeleit will be keen to back up their victory against Rotorua earlier this season with another good performance before the NZ Stockcar Teams Champs at Stratford in late February.
Defending Manawatu Adult Ministock champion Shaun Hayman has since moved to Stockcars, so a new winner will be crowned on Saturday night. Current season points leader 157p Jack Lammas-Martin and last season's points winner 44p Dylan Barclay must start favourite, but one mistake is all it takes to drop out of the running in this competitive class.
Stockcars and Youth Ministocks complete the race programme which commences at 6:30pm. Admission prices are Adults $25 (16 years and over), $10 for children aged 8-15, and $60 for a family pass of 2 adults and up to four children. 7 and under are FREE.