The Trofeo Series is a group of Alfa Romeo, Fiat & Lancia drivers who get together each year to race the wheels off Italian race cars of varying ages & characteristics in a contest that is fun, friendly, competitive and relatively affordable. Initially, the Series began as the Alfasud Trofeo Series, before expanding to accommodate other Alfa Romeo models, and more recently to include Invited Fiats, Lancias and other Italian marques.
The rules provide for classes to accommodate cars from a relatively standard specification, through to fully race-prepared vehicles. The completion each Season (September to April/May) takes us to 6 - 8 rounds at the North Island tracks of Pukekohe, Hampton Downs, and Taupo. The competition format is a mix of scratch and handicap racing for Class and Overall Series points.
Trofeo Series drivers can be summed up in one phrase Cuore Spotivo!
Toorace Trofeo Series 2019-2020
Toorace Trofeo Series Round 3 at Taupo - 4 January 2020
We had another great weekend at Taupo with a starting grid of 23.
Race One was our traditional Class scratch race with the top 5 places taken out by the GTA class cars closely followed by a very impressive car and well driven 33 of Ross Olifent. Race two was a handicapped race with GTA cars being required to pass through pit lane as a ‘joker’ lap to ensure most of the Trofeo class were able to complete their full laps. Maurice Thompson had a slight issue when the officials made a mistake and displayed a red light at the end of pit lane. This meant that poor Maurice in the Yellow Punto was sat in the pits for over 2 minutes. We have removed this error and allocated points. Race three was our traditional Series handicap race, Darron Curphey took won is second race of the day with an impressive drive and lodged his fastest lap of the day.
Congratulations to our Race Winners Michael Abertnethy (Race 1), Darron Curphey (Race 2 and 3 ) and Bernard Harrison who won our Prime Speed Sports Gift bag after an excellent debut in the newly aquired Hornet. Big thanks to our sponsor Phil Hall from @Prime Speed Sport
Those that stayed the night went out to Dinner to an Italian Restaurant. Great meal with plenty of laughter. A great end to a great day
A huge thank you to HRC Officials and the Volunteers of the Taupo Car Club who worked through the cold southerly that stayed for the whole weekend.
Next round we will be back up north at Pukekohe with the HRC for the Tasman Revival on the 22nd of February . See you all there.
GTA: Michael Abernethy
GT Junior: Ross Olifent
Veloce: Chris Browne
Trofeo: Tristan Lees-Baker
Handicap: Ross Olifent
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Entries are available to most Alfa, Lancia, Fiat or Another Italian cars. If you haven't raced with us recently or ever, before get in touch and find out how to join us for the 2019/2020 season.
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GTA Class: Eddie Beresford
GT Junior Class: Darron Curphy
Veloce Class: Tina Glennie
Trofeo Class: Chris Hunkin
Bart Von Geldern Best Supporters
Ross (Nozzie) Paterson 1953 - 2019 (Obituary)
'Nozzy' 1953 - 2019
Further to our March Update the Series lost one of its Bart von Geldern Best Supporter Award winners in February 2019 when Ross (Nozzy) Paterson died. Alfa News readers this month may have seen an abridged Obituary penned by our Series Drivers' Ray Shanks & Tina Glennie. With their kind permission, we are honoured to add their Tribute to our website, where it will be held as a permanent tribute to Nozzie's huge contribution to our Series culture for many years. It really is the people that matter.
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