Trofeo Series - Italian Marque Racing
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, Taupo and Manfeild. 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!
January 2018 - Season update
Hard to believe that we are already halfway through the Trofeo season. We signed off after Round 3 by saying 'Thank you to our Sponsor Flemings Painting - we look forward to sunnier skies on our return visit to Taupo on the 6th & 7th January.'
Well we did get some hot & sunny weather conditions... along with drizzle and a chilly breeze over the 2 days. Those planning to test on the Friday chose instead to drop cars off and complete paperwork as a severe weather front passed through. The result was 21 entries for the weekend, with 5 of Round 3's Trofeo drivers unable to make the meeting. So the points competition is still wide open.
A busy race weekend with a programming challenge of 2 consecutive 6 lap races for those competing in both Trofeo and ERC grids on Saturday afternoon. Ironically in the hotest conditions of the day. Our handicaps followed on Sunday, the first in coolish condtions and the last in perfect scorcher weather. A miscommunication after being asked to run the final handicap over 6 laps, saw the race extend out to 8 long hot laps. The committee is currently crunching the results to come up with a fair outcome.
Here's a shot from our dinner at Mole & Chicken where the Steak & Guiness Pies seemed to meet the high expectations set - although there was no evidence of the meal organisers being given any advantages on track Sunday morning.
Entries for Rounds 5 - 7 will be through http://www.motorsportentry.com. Notes: We can provide you with a Q & A document to assist you with setting up your profile in motorsportentry.com. Payments will be via the motorsport.entry.com and not to the Series account please.
Enter the Series. http://www.trofeo.org.nz/go-racing/series-entry-form/
EVENTS : http://www.trofeo.org.nz/events/
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