The Mahindra North Island Endurance Series has announced it will head to Manfeild for the first time ever in 2016. The popular circuit will replace Pukekohe as the final destination for 2016 season.
The series has grown over the past few years, having great success in attracting good, quality grids and crowds. The GT racing scene has grown not only in New Zealand but all over the world for example the Australian GT series has also grown and is attracting the world’s top GT drivers and Manufacturers.
The rapid growth in popularity the series has seen has made it no surprise why series organisers where keen to move the series into another region. The iconic Manfeild circuit has been played a massive part in New Zealand motorsport having hosted 12 New Zealand Grand Prix’s with its 13th to take place in just over a week. The 3.03km circuit was constructed in 1973 and has just recently undergone a resurface in some areas and had a $96,000 race light system installed.
The North Island Endurance Series has certainly shown its pulling power over the last few years as some of the worlds most prestigious manufacturers are seen throughout the field. Audi, Ferrari, Chevrolet and Porsche are seen competing in the top class in front of a strong club level car class.
In 2015 the series was dominated by John McIntyre and Inky Tulloch who piloted their GT3 spec Camaro to two out of three race wins and the overall series.
The 2016 series kicks off on May 28th at Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park before heading north to Hampton Downs on June 25th and then to Manfeild for the season finale on July 23rd.