Haydn MackenzieNZV8 stalwart, Haydn Mackenzie, has entered his ‘new generation’ FG Falcon in the V8 Challenge Cup support races for the NZSuperTourer endurance races at Taupo this weekend (Sept 1-2). This is the car that was paraded around the circuits etc as chassis No 1 of the new generation NZV8s during the past racing season etc.

The V8 Challenge Cup regulations now allow these new generation cars to compete in the V8 Challenge Cup, but they have to run the same engine etc that the current NZV8s have been running.

“We decided to run in the V8 Challenge Cup races as it will give us a good opportunity to sort out the new chassis under racing conditions,” said Andrew Mackenzie, Haydn’s father. “It is also a good opportunity for Haydn to get some racing mileage under his belt after his non-racing accident towards the end of last season.”

“We have made this decision after listening to the recent NZV8 information meeting at Hampton Downs when it was apparent that there was still plenty of confusion as to whether a ‘good value’ NZV8 championship series can be put together for this coming racing season.

“Haydn and I love racing V8s and want to get on with something worthwhile as soon as possible. We will take both our new car and the old one to Taupo and test them both. There a number of issues with the new car that need to be tested and sorted, especially in reference to the new chassis having been engineered around an 18in wheel whereas we are having to go back to a 17in wheel and a new brand of tyre. So whichever car is better to drive there, we will run it.

“Haydn and I would like to thank very much our sponsors who have stuck with us during this difficult period – Radio Sport, Castrol, Toyota Financial Services, Albany Toyota, Albany Village Firestone and Wurth,” said Andrew Mackenzie.

Photo by Geoff Ridder.