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!
April 2018 - Season update - Round 7 (final)
Our final round on the 7th April provided some excellent weather - without the extreme heat of our last visit to Taupo. Track conditions were a bit more slippery - we suspect the Taupo pumice dust was part of the problem - however some of our drivers had no problems at all with dialing in some very impressive performances.
Wins went to Eddie (GTA), Darron (GT Junior), Chris B (Veloce), and Mark (Trofeo) in the first Class Scratch race; to Malcolm (GTA), Darron (GT Junior), Chris B (Veloce) & Chris H (Trofeo) in the Class Handicap; the Handicap honours went to Ross. What does all this mean to the placings? Watch this space.
Photos: Greg van Maanen, our committee handicap grid setter & points keeper did some double duty behind the lens and will be uploading his handiwork on the Facebook page over the next few days - the first are up now.
With our final round for the season is now run, and we will now be sorting the final results to total to find out our season winners, these will be announced at our AGM and prizegiving. Prizegiving will be open to all, and will follow the drivers' AGM.
Paid up drivers will receive further AGM details soon - we invite remits, and nominations for commitee. Please Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like information about joining the committee. (Note: you do not have to be a current driver to put your name forward, although you will need to be nominated and seconded, so if you have some great ideas and a bit of time on your hands please don't be shy).
Planning for the AGM - what are we doing right, what do we need to do to keep the competition close and fair? If you think there needs to be a change to the rules start formulating your ideas, and seek feedback at the remaining rounds. Often ideas can be thrashed out, explained, clarified and refined ahead of the AGM meeting itself which results in better support for your ideas. Remits will close on the 28 April 2018 (21 days prior to the AGM). Please contact Wendy for the format for remit drafts - having consistency this also helps keep the process on track.
A reminder that Trofeo is a Drivers' run series and discussion and voting on remits at the AGM is restricted to our paid up drivers. All are welcome to join us to celebrate our winners and personalities at Prizegiving which will follow the AGM. (approx. 3:45 pm)
Our final grid for the season at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park, Taupo. Photo Credit: Greg van Maanen
- still wanting some race action before winter sets in... see EVENTS
All current race license holders should have had an email from MSNZ alerting them to changes to the minimum level for safety gear which will be effective from 1 April 2018. From forums and social media groups it seems that there is still quite a lot of confusion about what is required at various types of meetings and events.
Chris Browne (AROC NZ's MSNZ rep) and convenor of the ERC Series has put together this very clear advisory to help clarify what you need to add to your kit, if its not already there.
Facebook is where we post items of interest from the greater Alfa, Fiat, Lancia & motorsport worlds, along with photos & posts about our members activities. You'll see a preview of our latest post to the right of this article.
Important: Entering a race meeting and not yet a Series Member? Please note that the Trofeo grid is open to registered Trofeo drivers only and you must have agreed to run in accordance with the Series rules. If you haven't raced with us before and would like to request a one-off invitation please contact us so that we can cover off the formalities. Please make requests for 3 days before the event so that we have time to respond & issue a formal invitation. Cheers.
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.