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 Pukekohe
23/24 February - Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park
Another good weather meeting, despite the dire weather reports. Bookended by some showers we enjoyed dry practice and three races. Rob Mcready joined us for the first time in the 75, acquitting himself so well that he took out the Class handicap llne honours, he was quick to acknowledge our new handicapper's talents.
It was good to relax under the tent between races, and the Saturday evening BBQ was enjoyed by most of our racers along with some new friends we made in the pits. It's always great to meet people who share our Italian Race passion, and particularly great to meet Sean who is building up a 1.8 Alfa 75 which we hope will join us on track soon. We are gaining a great group of 155's and 75's which adds variety and flair to our grid.
Alex Shultz had a good meeting in his 155 TS taking out GT Junior maximum points in Class Scratch race and second place behind Rob McReady in the Class Handicap.
Attrition (mechanical only) was unfortunately high, given a smaller than usual grid with Steve Battersby, Wendy, and the usually reliable 'Hornet' of Chris Hunkin all succumbing to mechanicals during the meeting. The usual suspects Darron (GTA), Chris Browne (Veloce), along with Chris Hunkin (Trofeo) prior to gearbox issues, tidied up their respective class points.
With just 2 rounds to go there are places up for grabs in all of the classes. Handicap is coming down to a tussle between Chris Hunkin and Darron Curphy, assuming 2 more trouble free rounds. Behind them is a large 'angry' mob within 20 points of each other that could make things interesting when it comes down to the last 2 laps of the season. No pressure for our new handicapper!
Join us on the 23/24th March for our penultimate round, at Hampton Downs for the last time this season.
And then it's on to Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park for the final round on 27/28 April.
Series points leaders after Round 4:
GTA: Darron Curphey
GT Junior: Aaron Woolley
Veloce: Chris Browne
Trofeo: Chris Hunkin
Handicap: Chris Hunkin
See our Facebook Gallery for photos from the Round from Pam Thomson, & mobile snaps & posts from the Series..
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Vale: Ross Paterson 'Nossie'
With sadness in February, we farewelled Ross Paterson. Known to most Trofeo Drivers and supporters as 'Nossie' he was an integral part of our Series for many seasons and to Team Turtle (Ray & Tina) to whom he was official pit poppsie. Travelling usually from Rotorua, and then from Wanganui, Nossie was either on the end of a wheel brace, or behind the lens enjoying and contributing to the spirit of our Series. Always a fine Trofeo Dinner companion, and an excellent resource when it came to wine matching.
Although we never did get him on track, Nossie was part of the B.O.P. AROC crew who have run the successful Driver Experience Day where many new Trofeo drivers get their introduction to us. He loved Alfas, speed and Trofeo life.
In the 2014/15 Trofeo Season Nossie was awarded the Bart von Geldern Best Supporter Cup. A most appropriate award for a fine gentleman.
We've struggled to find a photo to share with you, he's in many. In the background, side on, slightly off camera. So we've included the best we could find, typically he is concentrating on setting up his camera to take photos of the Series.
Our sincere condolences to Nossie's lovely wife Maree, and to Lana & Dan, and Brook and their families.
Ci manricherai il nostro Amico - We'll miss you our Friend.
Riposare in Pace - Rest in Peace.
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