V8 Supercar Drivers Call For Second New Zealand Race Weekend
Leading V8 Supercars drivers "are calling for a second New Zealand race weekend to be added to the series' calendar," according to David Long of FAIRFAX NZ NEWS. It is a "costly logistical exercise to fly over all the cars, equipment and staff," but with the success Kiwi drivers Scott McLaughlin, Fabian Coulthard and Shane van Gisbergen are having, there "may never be a better time to add another New Zealand round." Coulthard said, "I definitely think there should be another race in New Zealand." McLaughlin "has also joined the call for there to be back-to-back New Zealand rounds and also suggested that the other event could be a street race." McLaughlin said, "I don't think it would be unfair to have another New Zealand race, and the crowd support would be massive for it." Ford Performance Racing's Mark Winterbottom said that "if there was to be a second race in New Zealand, the South Island should be considered." He said, "There are some good tracks in the South Island now, like Highlands Park" (FAIRFAX NZ NEWS, 4/27).