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Sprint Series kicks off

07/12/2016 1:54pm

The first Highlands Sprint Series of the 2016/17 kicked off at the start of December with 46 cars taking to the track. “This was real grassroots racing,” says Mike Sentch, “the complete opposite to the McLarens who helped launch the event.”

This is the second year of the Highlands Sprint Series, a three-race series for the grassroots of motorsport. Highlands is as committed to grassroots racing as it is to higher profile events. Mike Sentch, Highlands’ General Manager, says the idea of creating a short race series open to competitors of all levels came from the competitors themselves.

 “Many competitors who aren’t eligible to compete at our higher profile events like the Highlands 101 were keen to have a go at racing at Highlands and that’s why we created the Highlands Sprint Series. It gives people the chance to experience the circuit, the atmosphere and racing without the pressure of a full-on, door handle-to-door handle competition.”

 “We had a great weekend of competitive, clean racing. All the guys had a fantastic time. They learned some racecraft and how to cope with other cars around them on the racetrack. We had some really impressive lap times and everyone came to the Highlands Cafe afterwards for a drink and a chat. It was great to see a real camaraderie amongst all the drivers.”

 “These events are very much about enjoyment and participation for competitors, but people are very welcome to come along and watch if they want,” says Sentch. “They might even like to get out on the track themselves in between races via one of the great Highlands on-track experiences like the Highlands Taxi or FASTLaps – a unique opportunity to be part of the action.”

The dates for the next Highlands Sprint Series are: April 9, 2017 and April 29 & 30, 2017. For more information visit: www.highlands.co.nz