Honda Cup Newsletter Number 13 - October 24 2011

Now's the time - There will be a few key people coming to Pukekohe for a look this coming weekend ahead of a couple more major announcements from Motul Honda Cup. If you are in two minds about racing - and still celebrating the All Blacks win - continue the fun and prep the car and come along for the racing. And don't forget, the racing is on SATURDAY with testing Friday.

V8 SuperTourers choose Hankook too - The new V8 SuperTourer series, which could well see 17 cars on the grid at Hampton Downs in February ahead of the original target of 16, will use Hankook tyres in the new series. The tyre they will use is identical to the ones used in the high profile German DTM series.

Accommodation - There are two threads up on the forum which are really worth reading - accommodation for the V8 rounds at hampton Downs and at Manfeild. it may seem early to be looking at that,but Honda Cup has some space reserved in nearby hotels. Hampton Downs is ALREADY fully booked and we have a few rooms available at the Counties Inn at Pukekohe, while we have also been lucky enopugh to secure some rooms in the new motel next to manfeild. That is also now fully booked up. if you do want to put your name down for some accommodation, then do it quickly please.

Chicane - Motul Honda Cup has secured a very worthwhile discount on starter racing packs for drivers in the series. These deals are only available to registered drivers but if you are looking for a new race suit, or race suit combo - then drop Alan or Richard a line and they will brief you fully on the deal. There's a significant discount available.

2 litre EG set for return- Hayden Walsh's fast 2 litre EG will be back in the series - hopefully from Round 3 at Taupo - with a new driver behind the wheel. It will be joined by at least two more DC2s and probably a couple of EKs as well.

Gary's wheels - Gary Wilson has just completed a major refresh of his car and has changed wheel sizes. He has a very good stock available at great prices. The selection comprises - 4x Pro-N- Black Racing 4stud 17x7½" 40 offset 5-Spoke $100 each; 8x Multifit 17 x 7" Chrome Rim 40 offset 5-Spoke With ½ worn Dunlop slicks $120 each; 4x Multifit 17x 7 42 offset 10-Spoke With ½ worn Dunlop wets $120 each; 3 Nippon 17x7 4stud $50each. Negotiable on bulk lot. These rims fit Dunlop 205x620 17.Email surteestrailers@xtra.co.nz

All general info at www.hondacup.co.nz and up and coming dates are as follows:

SUMMER

Round 2- Pukekohe, October 29th - one day (SATURDAY)

Round 3- Taupo, January 14th and 15th - two day

Round 4- Hampton Downs, February 17/18/19 - three day

Round 5- Hampton Downs, March 3/4 - two day

Round 6- Manfeild, April 27/28/29 - three day

Series contacts

Race Director
Alan Stewart
racedir@hondacup.co.nz

Series Secretary
Bronwyn Donald
secretary@hondacup.co.nz

Marketing and Promotions
Richard Gee
promo@hondacup.co.nz

Technical Officer
Wayne Chapman
tech@hondacup.co.nz 

Battle resumes at superfast Pukekohe

Motul Honda Cup - the country's leading series for production-based Honda racing cars - is hoping to see its biggest entry to date at the second round of the new Summer Series which takes place at the Pukekohe circuit on October 29th.

The winter series round at the same circuit three months ago attracted 27 cars and organisers are hoping to top 30 with several more cars set to make their season debut or return. Notable and fast will be Trevor Strong in his Strong’s Electrical EK20 Civic, Steve Taylor's awesome FD2, Shane Parson's unique CRX, David Grigor's Golden Homes DC5, Martin Dunn's Hexagon Motorsport example and Mark Walters' consistently quick EF.

There will also be plenty of interest in Gary Wilson's 1.6 EG Civic, back in Honda Cup with a very special 1.6 engine that the Whakatane veteran is hoping will push him well inside the 1.10s and up to the sharp end of the grid. Winter series regular Brent Hay is also back and hungry for success in his immaculate 1.8 DC2. Also racing for the first time in its brand new New Zealand Hondas livery will be Rik Wakelin's 1.8 EG, which showed flashes of real speed at Round 1 at Taupo. Richard Gee will be running his last race with 1.6 power before installing a K20 while series director Alan Stewart should also be out in his newly liveried Hankook DC2. Motul New Zealand boss and series regular Tim Pollard was right on the pace at the last Pukekohe meeting in his ex-Japanese Touring Car Championship DC5 and will be right there again.

The battle in the 1.6s will be fierce. With Gee effectively ruling himself out of 1.6 and 2.0 litre with his mid-season engine switch, Wilson, Warren Tunley and Jason Weel all set to do battle at the front. The Motul Honda Cup is the guest series running in the Auckland Car Club's Summer Series round at the venue and there will be plenty of motorsport action to enjoy outside of qualifying and the three Honda Cup races. Muscles Cars, Classic Japanese, Alfa Trofeo and the new Aces class are amongst the classes scheduled to run on a busy day of racing.

Entries and race weekend information here:

Rik's Car Reborn

Rik Wakelin's immaculate self-prepared 1.8 powered EG will appear at Pukekohe in its stunning New Zealand Honda Club livery for the first time. The design was created by Matt Reiri in the NZ Hondas.com competition run recently on the forum - the most popular car forum in New Zealand - and turned into colourful reality by Whakatane-based Bella Designs.

A strong NZ Hondas presence is expected at Pukekohe to see the car in action for the first time and compeition winner Matt should also be on hand to have a look and take design commissions! The car has been evolving nicely since Rik debuted it two years ago, and it now represents exactly what Honda Cup is all about - a fast, well driven and well presented racer that has been created and run on a budget.

Adidas Eyewear joins Honda Cup

Motul Honda Cup has secured elite sporting sunglasses brand Adidas Eyewear as a series sponsor.The sports eyewear specialist will back a new initiative, the Adidas Eyewear Driver of the Day award, which will reward the driver who has produced the most eye-catching performance on track during the race meeting with a pair of the latest Adidas sports sunglasses.

The driver will be nominated after each round and there will be a presentation and photograph at the subsequent race meeting. “We have seen some tremendous one off performances and these have not necessarily been from race or round winners,” explained Honda Cup marketing and promotions officer Richard Gee.

“The idea of the Adidas Eyewear Driver of the Day award is simple. It’s all about standing out from the crowd and that’s what the series officials off track will be looking for. It may be a recovery drive from a spin, a great single pass, or even a series of great moves in a handicap race. In other words, anyone can win it and we will have five winners.”

Adidas Eyewear Sales and Sports Marketing Manager Mark Finlay was delighted to confirm the company’s involvement in the Honda Cup, adding: “We’re excited to partner with the Honda Cup and be able to support the new summer series. With our performance and casual eyewear options ideal for any driving conditions, we feel it is a great way to showcase our range and support this exciting race series.”

Registered Honda Cup drivers will also receive a discount on anything in the comprehensive Adidas Eyewear range. Adidas products are used by many of the top athletes in the world and are a popular choice for the world’s leading racing drivers in NASCAR, Indycar and Le Mans sports cars both in and out of the car.

Hankook car ready

Alan Stewart's DC2 - believe it or not the first DC2 in the world to hit the race tracks and one of the most developed and sorted cars of its kind in the world - will appear at Pukekohe in its smart new Hankook livery in deference to the series sponsor. Hankook have made a huge selection of tyres available to our drivers at a very competitive rate that cannot be matched anywhere in NZ. The 'Big Al' legend on the back is one of Tristan Neate's cool personal rego plates (for racing only). These went down a treat for a lot of the Winter series racers and we would love to see the field sporting one each. If you are interested in getting a plate made, please register your interest on the Forum under Honda Cup race plates or send an email through to tristan.neate@gmail.com. Plates are $25 each and are light and durable. Limitations are 6 numbers or letters as per a standard NZ license plate. Give your car some personality and grab one.

Overall Top Ten after Round 1