Kiwi duo make bright start in NZ Supercars practice

Championship contenders Scott McLaughlin and Fabian Coulthard have made a fast start to this weekend's Supercars event in New Zealand.

McLaughlin gave some early cheer for the Pukekohe Park Raceway fans, clocking a one minute and 02.7153 seconds fastest lap at today's opening practice session.

Fellow New Zealander Coulthard was second on the timesheets with a 1:02.8831.

Championship leader Jamie Whincup clocked the third-fastest time of the session with a 1:02.9404.

The trio are separated by a total of 27 points in the championship standings heading into this weekend's penultimate event of the season.

Ford's Chaz Mostert and Holden's Shane Van Gisbergen are the other drivers in contention for this year's title but could only manage the 11th and 19th fastest times of the session.

The opening practice on the resurfaced Pukekohe track featured several drivers coming unstuck.

Coulthard and McLaughlin both had a spin in the grass at the 2.91km circuit's hairpin while Holden's Aaren Russell caused a brief pause in the session when he got stuck in a gravel trap at turn one.

Jack Perkins, driving the Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport Holden after the team parted ways with Alex Rullo earlier in the week, made early contact with a wall after running wide and finished the session dead last on the timesheets.

Today's action wraps up with a second practice run from 3.10pm.

SCOTT MCLAUGHLIN / ALEXANDRE PREMAT (Shell Penske Ford). Supercheap Auto Bathurst 1000. 2017 Virgin Australia Supercars Championship Round 11. Mount Panorma, Bathurst NSW 8 October 2017. Photo Clay Cross /
Kiwi driver Scott McLaughlin in action for Ford at Mount Panorama, Bathurst. Source: Photosport



Michael Schumacher's son Mick claims Formula 3 title

That's one more racing title for the Schumacher family.

Mick Schumacher, son of seven-time F1 champion Michael Schumacher, secured the Formula 3 European Championship title on the final weekend in front of a home crowd at Hockenheim.

The 19-year-old German finished second in the second race to reach an insurmountable 347 points.

"It's a slightly unreal feeling, I'm absolutely delighted," Schumacher said. "All I can say is thank you to everyone in the team for your support during this incredible season."

Schumacher had eight wins on his way to the title in his second season with the PREMA Theodore Racing squad.

Lewis Hamilton, who is closing in on his fifth F1 crown, is among former F3 title winners with a car powered by a Mercedes engine.



Kiwi IndyCar champion Scott Dixon and wife Emma share their life in the fast lane in new documentary

He’s fresh off a fifth IndyCar Championship title.

Then there’s also the feature documentary Born Racer, coming soon to theatres, about him too.

Needless to say, Scott Dixon is living every aspect of his life in the fast lane but so too is his wife Emma.

The two have gone through a lot with trophies, crashes and parenthood but it’s all part of the wild ride.

Seven Sharp’s Michael Holland sat down with the couple to catch up with the Kiwi motorsport legend and pick his brain on what cameras caught from his jam-packed lifestyle.

Born Racer follows the ups and downs of one of motorsport’s greatest drivers. Source: Seven Sharp


Auckland go kart track where Kiwi IndyCar champ Scott Dixon learnt his trade closing down

It was the early hunting ground for some of New Zealand's best motorsport talents.

Think Supercars stars Scott McLaughlin, Shane van Gisbergen and Fabian Coulthard, Formula E ace Mitch Evans or the Cunningham brothers Wade and Mitch - not to mention IndyCars legend Scott Dixon.

But the Mt Wellington kart track - two years shy of its 60th birthday - is no more with the Auckland Council looking for a better return on its land.

Seven Sharp reporter Michael Holland went to see the chequered flag fall at the circuit one last time.

The Mt Wellington kart track has brought families together for generations, and helped put youngsters on the path to greatness. Source: Seven Sharp


Brendon Hartley blows great qualifying run, drops four places in opening corners of Japan GP

Kiwi Formula 1 driver Brendon Hartley has failed to convert his great qualifying run into championship points at the Japanese Grand Prix after finishing 13th.

Hartley earned his highest qualifying position in his career for the race yesterday when he claimed sixth but saw much of that slip away in the opening corners of the race.

The Kiwi was 10th entering the second lap.

It only got worse from there as he slowly slipped outside the points positions to finish 13th while Lewis Hamilton stormed to victory at the Japanese Grand Prix, claiming his fourth straight Formula One win and moving a step closer to a fifth world championship.

Starting from pole, the Mercedes driver was never seriously challenged and crossed the finish line 12.919 seconds ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas. Red Bull's Max Verstappen was third, 14.295 seconds back.

Hamilton has won six of the last seven races and now leads Sebastian Vettel by 67 points with four races left.

Vettel started eighth and quickly moved up to fourth place, overtaking both Toro Rosso cars that started ahead of him.

But the Ferrari driver attempted to pass Max Verstappen on the ninth lap and the two cars collided with the Ferrari spinning off into the runoff. The move dropped Vettel back to 18th place.

He worked his way back up to sixth but couldn't move higher than that.