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 - Auckland Car Club Summer Series
13 October 2018 - Pukekohe Park Raceway
Despite dodgy weather forecasts, the weather gods turned on a sunny, but chilly day. A smallish grid of 13 entered the round, however, due to a myriad of personal and car issues during the 4 days before race day only 7 arrived ready to race. Sadly 6 of our entrants, having made great efforts to be there were unable to make race day. A decision was made to combine the Toorace Trofeo grid with the Production Muscle Cars, who race period correct cars on road tyres. This provided a well-matched group of like-minded drivers and the experience was totally enjoyed by drivers of both grids.
New to the grid was Steve Battersby’s Fiat Grande Punto 1900 TDI, beautifully presented in Rosso Red and appropriately plated with ‘Fiat 1’. Steve was joined by his pit crew son Jonathan.
As they did last month we were well supported by those who were unable to race coming out to lend a hand or catch up. Glenn & James of Toorace NZ visited in the morning bringing out race gear to show us. We were proud to show off the quality of the gear to neighbouring grids. Toorace found a willing market, drivers from other grids who had not yet caught up on the new Appendix A requirements and wished to avoid penalties and fines. It was great to be able to provide these drivers with an introduction to our Sponsors. Trofeo will now have a kit at each round containing a set of underwear, balaclavas & socks - available to view purchase should anyone arrive at the track without their full kit.
Wendy Metcalfe’s Sud retired from qualifying with a suspected fractured shear pin in the gearbox and despite. One gear was never going to be enough. Everyone else completed qualifying, including Darron Curphey whose GT was back in business after gear box dramas in Round 1. Despite his own gearbox issues with an AWOL 3rd gear Aaron Woolley managed to complete the whole day's racing.
At the end of day BBQ the laps got faster and better and it was pretty clear that the Toorace Trofeo people had enjoyed a great day together. We are pleased to have agreed to nominate Aaron’s partner Clare Swan to accept a committee nomination - her mission is to increase the Wellingtonian representation on the grid. Manawatu/Wellington Italian racers - you have been warned! The snag and a cold one were topped off by the presentation of the Toorace Trofeo Season T-Shirt - watch for us at our next round, we’ll be looking sharp. Better still join the grid.
Series points leaders after Round 2:
GTA: Darron Curphey
GT Junior: Aaron Woolley
Veloce: Chris Browne & Tina Glennie
Trofeo: Chris Hunkin
Handicap: Aaron Woolley
See our Facebook Gallery for photos from the Round from NZ Classic Car Racing, Ant Gray & Dot Louie.
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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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