Feilding drift driver tests out new and improved Upper Hutt speedway

The new and improved Upper Hutt speedway has finally been completed yesterday afternoon.

D1NZ crew have been working around the clock over the last month transforming the arena into one that can handle all different types of motor vehicles.

Feilding drift driver Jaron Olivecrona expects his car to take a little bit of damage over the weekend.

"Part of me would like it to be perfect by the end of the weekend," said Olivecrona.

"If there's no scratches on it (car), I’m not trying hard enough."

Drift cars are not the only vehicles on show this weekend, there'll also be rally cross and two wheelers that will test out the new track.

Upper Hutt speedway has finally been completed in time for a revamped racing series. Source: 1 NEWS

Teen race car star who lost legs in horrific crash gearing up to drive again

Against all expectations from his doctors a British 18-year-old Formula 4 racing star is set to be driving in front of crowds again, despite having both legs amputated beneath the knee.

Billy Monger, known affectionately among the racing community as "Billy Whizz", was involved in a horrific crash during a Formula 4 race at Donington Park in England last April.

The crash was so bad he had to have both legs amputated below the knee, leading doctors to believe he would never be able to race again.

However, Monger has defied the odds and will drive this week at an exhibition in Birmingham.

He aims to return to competitive racing next season and his ultimate goal is to one day get into Formula 1.



'It's very emotional to see my name there' - Brendon Hartley has street close to childhood racecourse named after him

Kiwi driver Brendon Hartley has had his whirlwind motor racing career recognised back where it all began, after having a street named in his honour close to the circuit he raced on growing up.

The Palmerston North born and raised driver had his sensational year capped off in his backyard, with the throughfare to Manfeild renamed Brendon Hartley Drive in his honour.

"I'm very honoured and it's very emotional to see my name there - my earliest childhood memories are here at Manfeild, watching my dad race and I had my very first race here," Hartley said.

"I left home at 16 so I've spent more than a third of my life away, but my feet are still on the ground and Manawatu will always be home. I'm very proud of that. I've learned so much over the last few years but it all started here."

The road naming was driven by the Manawatu Car Club, of which the 28-year-old is a member, and was readily sanctioned by Manfeild Park Trust.

Club president Richie Arber said it just seemed right.

"This is the best way to recognise a young man who has achieved some incredible results and is now elevated to a category he dreamed of since he was a kid."

The main thoroughfare into the Palmerston North-born Formula One driver’s home circuit, Manfeild, is now Brendon Hartley Drive. Source: Supplied