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 - HRC Tasman Revival Taupo
5/6 January - Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park
Rewarded for surviving Round 3 in the wet, Round 4 was HOT!
The Series enjoyed a big grid, and there was great racing for everyone throughout the grid - providing you survived your own mechanical gremlins.
Race 1, our Class Scratch race provided a very busy first lap with some deep breaths being drawn off the start line and through the first set of corners, up to the old club-house. It was good to have the GTA class present in numbers which provided the usual suspects with a bit more work to do. Eddie Beresford eventually prevailing over Darron Curphey. Elsewhere in the field there were some very good matches contested. Trofeo Class for the weekend consisted of Campbell Robertson (Fiat Spider) and Mark Rantin (Alfa Sud) giving Chris Hunkin (in the Hornet 33) some seriously fun competition. Race 1 saw Chris H & Mark dicing with Tina Glennie for a close finish.
The handicap format for the second class race provided an unexpected result with our first 3 off the grid pushed each other to go faster than the previous day's fastest time - up to 2 seconds per lap; while the rest of the grid generally recorded slower than their best times the day before. This provided a rather satisfying result for those who are usually swallowed up by our faster cars coming through the pack in the last 2 laps. A worthy and popular win to Campbell Robertson, from Bryan Lambert and Ray Shanks - all of whom had finished a lap down in Race 1.
The final handicap race of the weekend took place after the lunch break on Sunday with 14 of the field finishing within 14 seconds of the Chequered flag drop. Andy Drummond finishing just ahead of Pual Jennings for the win, with Chris Hunkin and Mark Rantin pushing each other to the finish line t finish 3rd and 4th respectively. Chris Hunkin's placing being enough to take him to the top of the Handicap competition board, with an 8 point gap to second-placed Aaron Woolley. But as we know in Handicap that can change quickly.
22 Entries, 2 Days, 3 races (although cross entries with the European Racing Classic Series giving most Trofeo Drivers the opportunity to run in 6 races), fantastic close racing in all parts of the field, and no bent panels! Plenty of smiles, and a very enjoyable Saturday night dinner. Can't wait till next round, when we look forward to more drivers rejoining us after re-builds and other commitments that kept them out of the fun at Taupo.
Series points leaders after Round 4:
GTA: Darron Curphey
GT Junior: Aaron Woolley
Veloce: Chris Browne
Trofeo: Chris Hunkin
Handicap: Darron Curphey
See our Facebook Gallery for photos from the Round from Pam Thomson, Ant Gray, Dot Louie & mobile snaps & posts from the Series..
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Our First 4 Profiles
GTA Class: Eddie Beresford
GT Junior Class: Darron Curphy
Veloce Class: Tina Glennie
Trofeo Class: Chris Hunkin
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