- First international entry confirmed
- Biggest field of V8s in the championship
- Gold-level sponsor signed: Inline Builders are on board
- Race trucks and race cars throw down the challenge to the UTVs
The biggest fields of V8 race cars and trucks in the championship will take to the track at Matata early next month as Bay Offroaders present the 2014 Sunshine Capital Showdown international offroad race.
Organiser Gary Baker says the one-day event is the final northern round of the championship and has attracted more than a dozen of the fastest – and loudest – V8 racers in the sport. It has also brought the first international entry in the 2014 championship: hard-charging Australian racer Tom Dixon will cross ‘the ditch’ to contest the event in Big Blue, Gary Baker’s championship-winning Nissan Navara V8. The venue for this round is a farm course off Pokerikeri Road, Matata. It is 20 minutes from Whakatane; 40 minutes from Tauranga and 210 minutes from Bombay
“We’ve got a huge day lined up for spectators and racers alike, with spectacular ‘short course’ heats in the morning and an endurance race of up to 200 km in the afternoon. This event will turn on non-stop excitement for Bay of Plenty race fans,” he said.
Entries for the one-day spectacular on October 4 broke through the 30 benchmark at the start of last week and organisers expect up to 50 race teams to take part in the event.
Among them are a slew of former and aspiring national champions including Tony McCall, Ernie Hogg, Alan Butler, Murray Kitt, Richard Crabb and Whakatane’s Malcolm Langley, all in unlimited-class race cars.
In the unlimited race truck class Jono Climo goes wheel to wheel with Justin Leonard, Nick Hall and Rotorua’s Mike Cox. Raana Horan, recently returned from racing in Australia, is bringing his massive Nissan Titan four wheel drive truck and Aussie Tom Dixon will race Gary Baker’s Nissan Navara V8.
The organisers have just confirmed local company Inline Builders has signed up as naming-rights sponsor for the event, and there is also a ‘chosen charity’ – Camp Quality – on board.
“It’s great to have the guys at Inline Builders commit to our event, our club has built a reputation for staging some great race days but we’ve been a tad quiet the past couple of years. All that is about to change!”
Mr Baker said the race day will begin with short course heats at 9 am, with three heats for every class in the sport. The youth Kiwitruck category will have its own race on a specially marked-out course separate to the main heats.
There will be a lunch break to allow teams to prepare for the final endurance race, during which rides in top race cars and trucks will be raffled with the proceeds going to Camp Quality.
The all-in endurance race, over multiple laps starting at 1pm with a total distance of up to 200 km, will then conclude the day’s racing and will crown outright and class northern champions.
Spectator admission on race day is $10 per adult, $20 per family or carload, children under 12 free with a paying adult.
The 2014 Inline Builders Sunshine Capital Showdown international offroad race is also supported by sponsors Sun FM, Ocean Can Am, Ocean Ford, Ocean Yamaha, Protec Roofing, Razorback Decks, Battery Town, W&R Wills and Leader Products
2014 Inline Builders Sunshine Capital Showdown
Entries to date (driver name and car number)
Class one (unlimited race cars)
Murray Kitt 117
Tony McCall 157
Malcom Langley 192
Richard Crabb 100
Ernie Hogg 190
Alan Butler 110
Alan Hilliam 109
Class two (production race trucks and 4X4s)
Anthony Hewitt 230
Jared McGillivray 232
Class three (race cars with engines up to 1650cc)
Allen ‘Bundy’ Entwistle 357
Brendon Old 333
Brendon Midgley 324
Peter Hogg 323
Alan Scott 379
Jarrod Marwood 367
Class four (sports-modified race trucks and 4X4s)
Rex Croskery 450
Class five (race cars with engines up to 1300cc)
Nick Magness 517
Pete Tinsley 559
Class six (challenge-class race trucks and 4X4s)
Dan Connor 627
Keri Louie 680
Class seven (race cars with engines up to 1650cc)
Dyson Delahunty 777
Tyler Castle 714
Class eight (unlimited race trucks)
Nick Hall 861
Mike Cox 875
Justin Leonard 882
Jono Climo 869
Raana Horan 899
Tom Dixon (AUS) 830
Class nine (Baja, saloon and prototype)
Maurice Bain 900
Class ten (motorcycle engined race cars)
Neil Hook 1005
Phil Johnston 1001
Challenger VW (cars with VW engines up to 1.6 litres)
Campbell Witheford C75
Louis Carlyle C83
Ash Carlyle C84
Paul Sutton U17
Ben Thomasen U20
Marcus Runciman J05
Fergus Crabb M95
Click here to download the entry form: Sunshine Capital Entry Form
About our event charity
The Sunshine Capital Showdown supports Camp Quality, an organisation of volunteers dedicated to bringing fun, hope and happiness to the lives of children aged 5 to 16 living with cancer, their families and communities.
We encourage all racers, teams and spectators at the event to support our partner charity organisation in its work by donating to the ‘bucket shake’ or buying a ticket for the lunchtime racer rides.