Last year, we said that the 2019 season of drag racing was going to be a significant one with the introduction of the Kiwi Thunder Group One National Series — a joint series between Masterton Motorplex and Meremere Dragway — that would see the best in the country lining up side by side, with Group One competitors in Top Alcohol and Top Doorslammer battling it out for the top spot. And, according to Masterton Motorplex track promoter Bob Wilton, the first round, which took place during the Wellington Invasion at Meremere Dragway (12 January) was a huge success.
“The first round went off really well. I was on the gate giving out the programme for it, and the feedback was consistently that it’s about time the two tracks got together and made his happen,” explained Bob. “And we hope to continue it across the board for next season.”
The next round of the Kiwi Thunder Group One National Series will share the stage with the Auckland Invasion meeting at Masterton Motorplex on 16–17 February. This meeting will have the largest gathering of Group One cars ever seen in New Zealand — we’re talking over 20 cars!
“We believe that this series will benefit drag racing tremendously and will give the biggest show to the spectators they have ever seen with these two classes,” said Bob. “Both venues are superb, and will provide the best available traction for New Zealand’s quickest and fastest Group One racers, as well as providing the best amenities for our spectators.”
Kiwi Thunder Group One National Series
16–17 February — Masterton Motorplex
9–10 March — Meremere Dragway
23–24 March — Masterton Motorplex