Endurance Racing 2017
SMEG Racing has today confirmed it will step up to an endurance racing programme beginning at the New Zealand Endurance Championship final next month. The team will campaign a current specification Audi R8 LMS for regular drivers Simon Evans and Gene Rollinson.
The team quietly became one of the most successful teams in the history of New Zealand circuit racing; with three national V8 Touring Car titles and a runner up spot in the New Zealand Endurance Championship in the last three seasons. The team also finished second to Greg Murphy in the 2013–'14 V8 SuperTourer series with Evans at the wheel.
The team’s Audi will debut at the 2017 New Zealand Endurance Championship decider – for North and South Island champions – at Mike Pero Motorsport Park on March 18. The team will then take on the ENEOS North Island Endurance Championship which has races at Taupo, Hampton Downs and Pukekohe Park this coming May, June and July respectively.
SMEG Racing is also hoping to secure an entry for the all-Kiwi crew at both the Highlands 500 and Hampton Downs 501 events, which are both part of the Australian GT Endurance Championship and are the highest profile GT races in New Zealand.