Eight weeks ago it appeared unlikely that there would be many Kiwi Teams at the 1998 AMP BATHURST 1000. However it now seems very likely that at least six to eight New Zealand Touring Cars will skip the ditch. Interest has been overwhelming and it is certain that there will be some bitterly disappointed drivers short of a drive as the cars line up in October. Although there has been no official announcement regarding entries, sources have suggested that the field will include BMWs, Ford Telstars, Nissans and Toyota Coronas. An official announcement is expected in the next 10 days.
Two of New Zealand's top young Touring Car Drivers may be teaming up for a drive in the November Australian 1000 Classic at Bathurst. Jason Richards, currently leading the Dunlop NZRDC Series and Simon Wills, who has spent the last couple of seasons in British F3 might be seen piloting a Commodore at the event. Stay tuned.....
There is a strong possibility that if a contingent of NZ Touring Cars are on the track at Mount Panamara, a few lucky people will be accommodated on a supporters tour to Bathurst. If you are interested, email your details on the the NZTC Website Editor using the email below and as information comes to hand he will pass it on the you.
Rumours are circulating that New Zealand's top resident Touring Car Driver, Brett Riley is currently in negotiations to secure a drive that would probably include the AMP Bathurst 1000. With sponsorship scarce, the winner of the New Zealand Touring Car Championship and two time recipient of the Jim Clark Trophy has been reassessing his future. It is understood that Riley's options have widened with the withdrawal of BMW Motorsport from competition.