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Old 29 Jun 2014, 20:55 (Ref:3428085)   #1
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Ssangyong Racing Series [renamed]

Instead of cluttering up other threads on New Zealand motor racing categories post your thoughts on the SARS category here.

The SARS [Ssangyong Actyon Racing Series] has the backing and support of both Ssangyong Korea, and the New Zealand importers The Great Lakes Motor Company, owned by father and son motor racing enthusiasts Rick and Deon Cooper, who dreamt up the concept and 'sold' the idea to Korea.

FYI. the cost of a "turn-key" SARS ute is $30,000 +gst, it can be financed and or leased for as little as $3,000 per race meeting and comes complete with a spare set of race wheels and tyre's.

Rick and Deon approached me at the NZGP meeting at Manfeild earlier this year and shared their vision to assist young competitors to get into something affordable after they have decided to move on from Karting or Formula first etc.

Having been one of the first people to purchase a Nissan Sentra [for John MacIntyre] when that one make series started back in 1993, and with the recent demise of the Suzuki Swift Series, I believe there is still a need for affordable one make racing, and the Coopers ute concept is a very novel twist on an old theme. As such I readily agreed to help were I could and that's mainly in getting the Series off the ground and attracting the sort of competitors that Rick and Deon Cooper want to help realise their dreams.

We will continue to give any genuinly interested young person the opportunity to experience the SARS utes at no cost to them for a weekend racing, save for any panel damage, and I am very grateful for the support of the Coopers in affording me the opportunity to allow these youngsters to "try before they buy" i.e.. before there parents or backers have to make any financial commitment.
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Old 30 Jun 2014, 04:50 (Ref:3428354)   #2
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....Rick and Deon approached me at the NZGP meeting at Manfeild earlier this year and shared their vision to assist young competitors to get into something affordable after they have decided to move on from Karting or Formula first etc.
.... As such I readily agreed to help were I could and that's mainly in getting the Series off the ground and attracting the sort of competitors that Rick and Deon Cooper want to help realise their dreams.
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Who will race them? Anyone can, male, female, young or old, with a fondness for fun and adventure; and for those with the desire to give motor racing a crack. The SsangYong Actyon Racing Series is restricted to amateur drivers that being those who have not competed in a Tier 1 Championship during the past 12 months.
And as we all love being entertained, it is also a chance for us to be amused with the celebrity drivers filling quite a few seats. To date names on the list include ex-All Blacks Norm Hewitt and Todd Blackadder and TV personality Leigh Hart.
And Hart sums things up very clearly "As one of the country's top unprofessional drivers, with the NZ record for rolling rental cars, I am looking forward to kicking some serious arse.

Interesting mix
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Old 30 Jun 2014, 05:04 (Ref:3428357)   #3
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Remember Llana Coc-Kroft and David Lange used to race in those celebrity races? Lange was quite good despite his bulk...
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Who will race them? Anyone can, male, female, young or old, with a fondness for fun and adventure; and for those with the desire to give motor racing a crack. The SsangYong Actyon Racing Series is restricted to amateur drivers – that being those who have not competed in a Tier 1 Championship during the past 12 months.
And as we all love being entertained, it is also a chance for us to be amused with the celebrity drivers filling quite a few seats. To date names on the list include ex-All Blacks Norm Hewitt and Todd Blackadder and TV personality Leigh Hart.
And Hart sums things up very clearly "As one of the country's top unprofessional drivers, with the NZ record for rolling rental cars, I am looking forward to kicking some serious arse.

Interesting mix
i was wondering why Christina was named as one of the drivers? she's way to talented to be classed as an amateur? SsangYong's press release was rather amusing though.. claiming her last Tier 1 outing.. was in TRS rather than NZV8s
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i was wondering why Christina was named as one of the drivers? she's way to talented to be classed as an amateur? SsangYong's press release was rather amusing though.. claiming her last Tier 1 outing.. was in TRS rather than NZV8s
Is that Christina Aguilera or Christina Applegate? I'd pay to see either of them drive, frankly...
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Old 30 Jun 2014, 05:21 (Ref:3428364)   #6
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If Rick and Deon hadn't entered 7 of their SsangYong utes in the 1hr event the total numbers over both 1 and 3hr classes would have been approx 30.

Is the reason for the 2 NI endurance series is that one is sponsored by "Mahindra" a supplier of utes, and the Origin series with its chief benefactor the supplier of the SsangYong ute ?
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Asian turf wars, right here in little ol' New Zild! Who'd have thought?
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If Rick and Deon hadn't entered 7 of their SsangYong utes in the 1hr event the total numbers over both 1 and 3hr classes would have been approx 30.

Is the reason for the 2 NI endurance series is that one is sponsored by "Mahindra" a supplier of utes, and the Origin series with its chief benefactor the supplier of the SsangYong ute ?
JK, It was my idea to enter the Manfeild round of the Origin Series and it grew from 5 to maybe 6 utes to start with to 9 SARS utes. In no way were we there to prop the Origin Series up, I only proposed it to Rick 3 weeks ago following the one off and totally last minuet [Friday night before the race] appearence of Faine Kahia in one of our promo utes at the Taupo round of that series. I was also dissapointed to see how poorly the round was supported and if it was not for our utes it would have been a complete disaster for an all day event. There was absolutlely no spectators even though the spectator entry was fOC, however to be fair we did not expect any real spectator interest in such an event.

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Is that Christina Aguilera or Christina Applegate? I'd pay to see either of them drive, frankly...
As an outside observer from the UK I was baffled as to what this thread was aboutHowever I seem to remember and have in my records somewhere a Christina Orr who was a promising single seater driver?
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As an outside observer from the UK I was baffled as to what this thread was aboutHowever I seem to remember and have in my records somewhere a Christina Orr who was a promising single seater driver?
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.. I was also dissapointed to see how poorly the round was supported and if it was not for our utes it would have been a complete disaster for an all day event. There was absolutlely no spectators even though the spectator entry was fOC, however to be fair we did not expect any real spectator interest in such an event.
With the amount of information now available via social media, it was disappointing nothing was available on their Facebook page between the completion of R1 on the 7th and completion of this last round.

I also notice a question yet unanswered on their Facebook page,
"Why was the 3hr race called at 2hr 30m ?"

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I've tidied up the thread by removing the technical discussion of whether it should be allowed as well as one of the usual nasty posts. Please may we keep one thread at least as a civil discussion. You don't have to support the series or agree, but disagreement must be reasonably expressed within the rules of the site and the more common rules of human decency.

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Now, back to Christina Applegate... and are volunteer crew members welcome? I'm sure there's something vaguely useful I could do!
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SARS? Really? You couldn't find a better acronym than one associated with a condition that has killed hundreds of people and nearly brought Hong Kong to a standstill?
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I've tidied up the thread by removing the technical discussion of whether it should be allowed as well as one of the usual nasty posts. Please may we keep one thread at least as a civil discussion. You don't have to support the series or agree, but disagreement must be reasonably expressed within the rules of the site and the more common rules of human decency.

Thank you.

Now, back to Christina Applegate... and are volunteer crew members welcome? I'm sure there's something vaguely useful I could do!
Thanks Woolley, much appreciated, and yes, volunteer crew members are welcome, not a lot to do to these rigs unless they crash them!
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... not a lot to do to these rigs unless they crash them!
Umm..... then how come the only two that did the 3hr both DNF'd???
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