This Weekend: Skope Classic, F5000 Showdown!

There has been a theme to our ‘where would we go this weekend’ stories of late, and we continue that with another that sees our dream destination being New Zealand. This weekend the SAS Autoparts MSC NZ F5000 Tasman Cup Revival Series comes to a head at the annual Skope Classic motor racing meeting in Christchurch, and while that clash is enough to make the circuit worth a visit, there is a fine selection of other historic racing also in store.

The Formula 5000s have in almost every race, but the title is up for grabs with, unusually, neither of the top two drivers in the points able to race. Brian Sala leads the points but in unable to race due to work commitments, while Grant Martin crashed his Talon MR1A at Taupo last weekend and is also out.

Ken Smith has dominated the New Zealand rounds that close the series but he didn’t make the journey to the early Australian races leaving the battle most likely to be between the Lolas of Brett Willis (T330) and Glenn Richards (T400).

The historic Formula Ones cars are out again – sadly without a match-up against the F5000s like last weekend in Taupo – as are the always entertaining Formula Juniors. 

Filling the expansive 42-race programme are salon races including Historic Touring Cars and a Muscle Car category that suggests some V8 mayhem. The Vintage Car Club races should provide some historic perspective, on what looks to be an entertaining and engrossing weekend of action.

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