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!
Round 3 - IRC Taupo (18th/19th November)
A mixture of weather conditions challenged our grid in Round 3. Following a sunny Friday for those who were able to get there for testing, Saturday was a very windy day which while the track was reasonably grippy didn't seem to result in much heat in brakes and tyres. Sunday was mainly wet - despite what some the locals suggested we should expect. Although a brief improvement meant that the final Trofeo race (Handicap) was run in fine conditions - quite a change from the mornings drizzle which had produced a greasy, cold track.
Some mechanical issues meant a reduced grid over the weekend, with clutch issues for Gary (Qualifying) & Ron (Race 1), Ray suffered some variable handling possibly from the contact sustained at Manfeild in Round 2 resulting in a fairly spectacular spin at the entry to the old club circuit and chose to retire from the meeting after Race 1; as did Richard Plumpton who discovered some overheating issues on his first time out in quite some time. Sunday morning Phil found his gear selection menu consisted of just first gear, which was not enough to continue; and in the same race brake issues for Darron in his 'Plan B' Alfa 33 saw him gliding off at the sweeper taking no further part. Electrical issues at various times in the weekend for Max, Richard & Wendy made for a busy pit area and dummy grid, especially for Mark and his battery pack, although all 3 managed to complete the weekend's racing. Maurice temporarily lost his power steering, but it seems that an offering of his battery charger to the Fiat Gods (who sit at the left hand of the Alfa Gods) was sufficient to encourage the power steering to sort out its 'issues'.
Those having productive race weekends were Chris H, Maurice, Eddie B, Ross & Tina. Tina, Chris & Eddie now lead their respective Classes, while Darron leads GT Junior despite a DNF in the second Class points race of the weekend. Eddie scored the overall win in Race 1 although his lead in class points is is just 2 points ahead of Gary Langsford who retired from the meeting after qualifying. Gary will no doubt will be back in the points hunt when we return to Taupo in January. Tina Glennie also has a commanding lead on the Handicap competition with a 3rd place to add to Round 2's 2nd place. Seems that podium finishes are becoming a habit this season for her.
New to the Trofeo grid were Mark Buchanan who purchased the ex-Steve Cowie Fiat Bravo (Trofeo Class Spec) and showed us again that an Italian racer is right up his alley - taking a first place in the Class Points race on the wet Sunday morning race - very impressive. The other new addition was Andrew Simms returning to the Series bringing the beautiful Alfa 4C. For its first outing the 4C certainly caught everyone's eye - with Andrew cutting 3 seconds off his times between qualifying and the last race of the weekend. Check out our Gallery and our Facebook photos for photos of this beautiful racer.
The final Chequered Flag of the weekend, for the Series Handicap competition was taken by Wendy, with two thirds of the diminished grid crossing the finish line in 10 seconds. Following Tina's strong showing there is little doubt that the Women of Trofeo are in no need of a 'Ladies Cup' #weraceasequals
Another fun Trofeo Dinner was a roudy affair with most drivers and their crews being able to attend. We here that the banter continued long after dinner at the Olifent bach.
Our Player of the 'Meeting' for Round 3 was awarded to Eddie Beresford for his impressive (as always) driving, and his huge dose of Trofeo Spirit. (On & Off Track). Eddie was the recipient of another Resene Goody Bag courtesy of Flemings Painting.
Our Facebook page (click the insert to the right) has all the photos from the meeting, courtesy of Pam Thomson (Auto Super Shoppe Te Awamutu, and Maurice's Team manager!)
Thank you to our Sponsor Flemings Painting - we look forward to sunnier skies on our return visit to Taupo on the 6th & 7th January. See you there.
Entries for Rounds 4 - 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.
New Series Members please contact email@example.com for information and assistance.
If you are a new racer you may like to ask about requesting an invitation to a Series Round please contact us.
New Rules for Trofeo Class
Following a SGM a remit has been passed to open Trofeo Class to Italian cars to 2 litre and under models, normally aspirated. Please see the Trofeo Class Rules for details. Our Project Car will be built to the new specifications for the class. All new entrants to the class are asked to contact the Eligibility Officer Mark Rantin prior to completing your entry to discuss the changes as they apply to you.
Calendar now Online!
4 Rounds, 3 great Tracks still to come following the November IRC Taupo round.
Trofeo Project Car 2017/18
From Trade Me to the Track - Entry Level motorsport couldn't get any easier - We'll show you how
A group of Trofeo Drivers got together and purchased this 156 in order to prepare it as a Series Project car. We will be taking you from purchase of the car, evaluating and undertaking the work required including safety items, assembling your personal race gear, getting your licence, coaching, with 'go to' help at each step.
Along the way we'll be documenting the costs and steps that we take. We want to show you how to get on track cost effectively, while identifying the real costs involved.
Updated blogs next month!
Events have overtaken us - we've got a bit to report on and will get our thoughts together in the next couple of weeks.
Check out our Project Car Page and keep coming back to see the new blogs as we work on the Project.
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Wendy Metcalfe, Phil Neely, Richard Warfield, Mark Rantin and Greg van Maanen - let us know how we can help you be part of our Series.