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June 2008 Newsletter
Hi all,

Not even the TAB would accept any bets on what our intro would be about this month ... absolutely perfect Scott Dixon leading a plethora of Black Bullet success on the international stage over the past few weeks. Dixon's Indy 500 win was followed up by a second place at The Milwaukee Mile on the weekend.

Other standout Kiwi circuit victories recently include:
- Chris van der Drift in the International Formula Master;
- Earl Bamber in the Formula V6 Asia championship in Malaysia;
- New Zealand's Kiwi Team Nurburgring in the Group N production category three years in succession at the 24 hours of Nurburgring.

A memorable month of international success indeed.

Meanwhile, New Zealand will again take centre stage in international rallying this weekend with the Rally of Whangarei. The event offers another opportunity for Kiwis to shine with the rally doubling up as a round of the Asia Pacific Rally Championship. Black Bullets Richard and Sara Mason are leading the way in the National Rally Championship and along with other competitors are keen to show their class to their international visitors. So be sure to get out and cheer for your local drivers!

Bathurst 2008 with Jason Richards
To register your interest or book your seats for a brilliant time at the Bathurst V8 Supercars event (October 9-12), meeting Kiwi V8 Supercar driver Jason Richards, contact Gullivers Holidays on (09) 307 8630 and ask Theresa Von Dincklage about the Jason Richards Packages available.

Black Bullets
To follow the careers of many of New Zealand's motor racing drivers pursuing international success, visit the Black Bullets website at www.blackbullets.com

June Motorsport
Upcoming motorsport events for June are available on both our major events and local events calendars so check out the sports that interest you.

Final Comment
Dixon's victory plus all the other racing action tended to overshadow the recent 2008 Motorsport NZ premier Awards where A1 Team.NZL driver Jonny Reid, who drove New Zealand to second place in the A1GP Championship this season, received the prestigious Jim Clark Trophy. Many congratulations to all the award winners from another increasingly competitive season.

There is not much more to add to all the congratulatory articles, messages and comments about Dixon's victory so we will leave that to what has already been written. Suffice to say, it will be a day to remember for all those who have supported his career and everyone who found the opportunity to savour watching his victory.

FROM THE LITTLE DEVIL
  A MOMENT OF HISTORY
  Indy 500 Scott Dixon winning the Indy 500 last weekend will not only go down in history as one of the greatest sporting achievements made by a New Zealander but it has brought him into the l ...


A1GP WORLD CUP OF MOTORSPORT
  FIRST SHAKEDOWN FOR A1GP 'POWERED BY FERRARI' CAR
  London, Great Britain - The A1GP World Cup of Motorsport car for the 2008/09 season had its first shakedown at Fiorano, the Ferrari test track in Italy, last weekend. The Powered by Ferrari car ...


BLACK BULLETS
  CHRIS VAN DER DRIFT BEGINS WITH SUPREMACY IN FRENCH STREET RACES
  PAU - Chris van der Drift signaled his speed in the streets of the French city of Pau during last weekends International Formula Master second race weekend of the season. After gaining the fast ...

  CHRIS VAN DER DRIFT GRABS A PAIR OF WINS IN FORMULA MASTER
  Valencia - The first race weekend of the 2008 season started with a bang! Kiwi driver Chris van der Drift proved his favourite status by winning both races of International Formula Master on th ...

  CONGRATULATIONS SCOTT DIXON
  On behalf of all New Zealand motorsport fans congratulations to Scott Dixon on winning the Indy 500 race earlier this morning. This is one of the world's biggest annual sporting trophies and is watche ...

  CUNNINGHAM THIRD AFTER EXCITING FIRESTONE INDY LIGHTS RACE
  Former race and series winner Wade Cunningham (Royal Spa/Brian Stewart Racing) played a key role in the Firestone Indy Lights support race at the Indy 500 meeting in the United States this morning, st ...

  DAREDEVIL RIDE FOR NEIL CUNNINGHAM
  Cunningham commutes between Silverstone and Donington with very different results... Black Bullet Neil Cunningham escaped uninjured from a 140mph high-speed accident at Silverstone on Saturd ...

  DIXON FINISHES SECOND AT THE MILWAUKEE MILE
  Kiwi and Black Bullet Scott Dixon has finished second behind Australian Ryan Briscoe at the Milwaukee Mile today. Following 3 DNFS in the first five races this race, Briscoe has got one back for  ...

  DIXON WINS THE 92ND INDIANAPOLIS 500
  Kiwi Scott Dixon has won a tense and dramatic 92nd running of the Indianapolis 500 today by just under 2 seconds from second placed Vitor Meira. Marco Andretti was a further half second back in third ...

  DIXON'S INDY WIN FOCUSES ATTENTION ON KARTSPORT
  New Zealand has a new sporting superstar in Indianapolis 500 winner Scott Dixon. And the 27-year-old's early years on the local motor racing circuit are well documented. Dixon was a keen and very ...

  HARTLEY THWARTED AT WET ROCKINGHAM
  Brendon Hartley endured a disappointing fourth round of the British International Formula 3 Championship at Rockingham in Northamptonshire overnight; struggling to match his speed in testing and finis ...

  KIWI IN HISTORY MAKING INDY 500 WIN
  Brisbane-born Kiwi Scott Dixon has won the 92nd Indianapolis 500 from pole position today, becoming the first ever New Zealand citizen to win the iconic event at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. D ...

  MASON WANTS MORE
  Richard Mason is looking to mix it with the international drivers at this weekend's Rally of Whangarei, as well as extending his lead in the National Rally Championship. After dominating the first  ...

  MOTORSPORT’S PREMIER AWARDS ANNOUNCED
  MotorSport New Zealand's premier awards were announced by MotorSport New Zealand president Steven Kennedy in Wellington on Saturday night. "These awards are based on both competition performance an ...

  PICKENS IMPROVES AT GRUNDY
  NZ Midget champion, Michael Pickens, had a successful second round of the ASALMS (American Speedway Association Late Model Series) Northern series at the Grundy County Speedway, Illinois, in America l ...

  PRUMM IN AS YAMAHA STRIVES TO DOMINATE MX DEVELOPMENT SERIES
  Despite carrying a serious knee injury, current World Champion Katherine Prumm will board her YZ450F in order to maintain her lead in Yamaha Australian Women's Motocross Championship at the second rou ...

  SBR’S SECOND TEST REAPS POSITIVE OUTCOMES
  Stone Brothers Racing completed a full three-car test at Queensland Raceway yesterday, Brisbane's wild weather holding off to allow each of the SBR Falcons to do over 100 laps at the 3.12km circuit.  ...


KARTSPORT NZ & OVERSEAS
  WEATHER GODS SMILE ON CITRUS KART MEETING
  For the first time in a number of years karters enjoyed the fine weather at last weekends Bay of Plenty kart club hosted Farmer Motor Group Citrus two-day invitation meeting over Queen's Birthday week ...


NZ RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
  COOK MOTORSPORT - LOOKING FORWARD TO WHANGAREI
  Wellington rally driver Aaron Cook has one key goal for the upcoming NAC Insurance Hella International Rally of Whangarei, that's to come away with the teams Championship lead firmly in tact. Cook and ...

  GILMOUR READY FOR WHANGAREI CHALLENGE
  Emma Gilmour is looking forward to this weekend's Whangarei Rally, despite the fact that her last appearance on the event ended in a spectacular crash that wrecked her car. The Dunedin born-and-bre ...

  PADDON LOOKS FORWARD TO FAVOURITE EVENT
  This weekends International Rally of Whangarei is an event that is very significant to Paddon Direct Team Green driver Hayden Paddon and co-driver John Kennard for more than one reason. This year's e ...


RALLYING NZ & OVERSEAS
  MALLEY GOES BACK TO SCHOOL
  After the first two whirlwind rounds of the New Zealand Rally Championship, NZ Truth Ford Fiesta driver Patrick Malley finds himself heading back to school – motorsport style. The 24 year old rally ...

  NEW ZEALAND’S RALLIART SLIPS IN P-WRC STANDINGS
  Despite annihilating the competition in the final day of BP Ultimate Acropolis Rally in Greece, Ralliart New Zealand driver Juho Hänninen slips in the Production–World Rally Championship standings fol ...

  NZ SILVER FERN RALLY - MAY NEWSLETTER
  WELCOME :- Welcome to our May newsletter updating you on the latest information for the 2008 New Zealand Silver Fern International Marathon Rally. If you have any questions, about the new ...

  WHANGAREI TEENAGER KIRSTY NELSON AMONG DRIVERS WITH WORLD RALLY OPPORTUNITY IN WHANGAREI
  The possibility of winning the Pirelli star driver award and its prize of running in six rounds of the World Rally Championship next year is providing 18-year-old Whangarei driver Kirsty Nelson with a ...


MOTORCYCLING NZ AND OVERSEAS
  BLACK THUNDER RACING NZ RETURNS TO BONNEVILLE
  Crashing his Kawasaki ZX14 motorcycle at 300kph in to two timing markers on the Bonneville Salt Flats in August 2007, has not deterred Hamilton's Alan Thoresen, from returning to Speed Week 2008 in Au ...

  COOKSLEY REFUSES TO BACK AWAY
  New Zealand's Tony Cooksley knows the odds are stacked heavily against him. But that won't deter the 51-year-old motocross ace from knuckling down to the task at hand. The man from South Aucklan ...

  GREEN FOR GO IN THE UNITED STATES
  Everything turned green as the gate dropped on the American motocross scene at the weekend. Kawasaki's James Stewart romped to two convincing wins in the open class at the San Bernadino course, in  ...

  MALLORY PARK GP A STRUGGLE FOR COPPINS
  As the FIM Motocross world championship completes the 6th round of the15 round series, Josh Coppins of the Factory Yamaha Monster team has lost ground in the MX1 title hunt after a luckless Mallory Pa ...

  PAUL WHIBLEY LEADS SUZUKI CLEAN SWEEP IN US
  Suzuki has topped off a perfect weekend with an all Suzuki podium at the Grand National Cross Country (GNCC) Motocross Championships in the Pro Class at round 6 in Ohio. Suzuki's Paul Whibley cross ...

  TOWNLEY ENDURES PAINFUL HANGTOWN MOTOCROSS CLASSIC
  Factory Red Bull Honda's Ben Townley has experienced another setback in his 2008 AMA Motocross campaign. The 23-year-old New Zealander took a big tumble in one of the Saturday practice sessions at r ...


OFFROAD RACING
  CLIVE THORNTON WINS THE WOODHILL 100
  Whakatane driver Clive Thornton put in a storming drive to win the 2008 SFL Woodhill 100 on Sunday June 1, fighting his way through a swarm of the fastest drivers in the sport on the way to his career ...


OTHER NZ MOTORSPORT NEWS
  'JNR BURNER' MAINTAINS HIS CHAMPIONSHIP CHALLENGE AT HOME TRACK
  Christchurch driver Simon Beirne retained second place in the point standings of the ENZED V8 Utes Series when Round 4 of the championship was held at his home circuit, Powerbuilt Tools Raceway at Rua ...

  BAMBER LEADS ASIAN SERIES AFTER WEEKEND WIN IN MALAYSIA
  Fast-rising young New Zealand racing driver Earl Bamber has claimed an early lead in the series points standings after a win and a second at the first round of the 2008 Formula V6 Asia championship in ...

  KIWI’S TAKE HAT-TRICK WIN IN GERMANY
  Germany: New Zealand's Kiwi Team Nurburgring has set another milestone at the world's largest endurance production motor race by winning the Group N production category three years in successio ...

  LOCKWOOD TAKES MAINLAND TROPHY TO THE NORTH ISLAND
  After an exciting weekend of racing Matt "Phantom" Lockwood won Allied Petroleum's Mainland Trophy for the top finisher in the 3 South Island rounds of the 2008 ENZED V8 Ute Series. He also extended  ...

  TANDERSPORT EXPANDS FURTHER AS MATHEW RADISICH JOINS THREE-CAR OPERATION FOR PHILLIP ISLAND AND BEYOND
  TanderSport is pleased to confirm a further expansion to three cars for the upcoming fifth round of the 2008 Kumho Tyres Australian Formula 3 Championship for the CAMS Gold Star. Young New-Zealand ...

  THE ‘RED’ CONTINUED HIS FORM AT RUAPUNA, BUT THE ALLIED PETROLEUM TROPHY HEADS NORTH…
  Another great spectacle unfolded today in both Races as the ENZED V8 UTES did the bad laps at Ruapuna. The Mark Cromie Holden driven by Ginga Ninja Caine Lobb who won both the Qualifying and Race 1 ...

  TOP MOTORSPORT MEDIA AWARDS PRESENTED
  The MotorSport Media Awards were presented by MotorSport New Zealand president Steven Kennedy at the annual MotorSport New Zealand Awards on Saturday night. Mike Stock, editor of Autotrader Magazin ...

  WEBLING WINS MOTORSPORT ACADEMY PLACE
  New Plymouth Formula Ford driver, Stefan Webling (19) has been awarded one of the nine positions in the 2008 Motorsport Elite Academy. There were 43 applications for the nine positions, so Webling  ...


FORMULA 1
  HAMILTON WINS AT MONACO
  Monaco - A third place for Felipe Massa and a ninth for Kimi Raikkonen was definitely not what Scuderia Ferrari Marlboro had expected, given that the two F2008 started the Monaco GP from the fr ...

  MOSLEY SURVIVES FIA VOTE - VOTING RESULTS
  During the Extraordinary General Assembly (EGA) held in Paris today, the FIA Member Clubs voted on a motion of confidence in the FIA President [Max Mosley]. The FIA membership voted as follows:  ...


FIA WORLD RALLY CHAMPIONSHIP
  LOEB WINS IN GREECE
  The Citroën Total World Rally Team crew of Sébastien Loeb and Daniel Elena won the Acropolis Rally of Greece today, their 41st world rally victory and fifth of the season. Second position was claimed  ...


OTHER SPORTS
  OVER 80 DRIVERS AND RIDERS CONFIRMED FOR 2008 GOODWOOD FESTIVAL OF SPEED
  With over five weeks to go until the 2008 Festival of Speed (11-13 July), Goodwood can already confirm that over 80 of the world's greatest motor racing drivers and riders will be present at the world ...





 




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