Kiwi F1 driver Brendon Hartley wants to compete in Bathurst one day

Brendon Hartley says he wants to race in the pinnacle of Australasian motorsport - Bathurst - one day.

The New Zealander will start his first full year of Formula One for Toro Rosso next year after debuting in F1 this year, driving in four races.

"I haven't been to Bathurst for the 1000, but it's definitely on the list of things I'd like to do one day," Hartley told Fairfax.

"It's something I would love to do one day, it's definitely not on the cards for next year, I'm fully focused on Formula One, but especially on our side of the world that is an awesome race to tick off the list."

Hartley would be well suited to the Bathurst V8 Supercars endurance event, having this year won Le Mans and the World Endurance Championship before his F1 debut.

Hartley was confirmed to drive for Toro Rosso in next season's championship. Source: 1 NEWS

Brendon Hartley (Red Bull Torro Rosso). 2017 Formula 1 Etihad Airways Abu Dhabi Grand Prix. FIA F1 World Championship Round 20 held at Yas Marina Circuit, Abu Dhabi 23-26 November 2017. Photo Clay Cross /
Brendon Hartley. Source: Photosport


'I said I'm ready and my hand's up' - Kiwi driver Brendon Hartley reveals courageous journey to F1 that almost didn't happen

Brendon Hartley's Formula One drive this year may have been a dream come true but it was a dream that came very, very close to never happening.

In a true story of you can't get what you don’t ask for, Hartley has revealed he approached Toro Rosso boss Helmut Marko, rather than the other way around, to race for the Italian crew.

"When I told him, I said I'm ready and my hand's up," he said.

"You could hear that he was thinking about it - he didn't tell me no.

"He also didn't say much which anyone who knows him well, they'll understand all that."

Getting a F1 chance was hard enough, but what many people don't know is that prior commitments and contracts meant the deal very nearly fell over.

"There was a few moments that it was touch and go let's say that."

But now that the Kiwi driver is home, there’s one thing at the top of his Christmas list

"I crave feijoas!"


Speedway fans to be treated with new revamped racing series in Upper Hutt

A new motor racing series five years in the making is finally starting to take off in Upper Hutt, but don’t expect to see just one or two types of cars out on the short circuit.

Marty Smith has already signed up his 1989 Subaru Legacy for the event, although he admits the unknown territory is a little bit out of his comfort zone.

"The concrete walls are a challenge," he said.

"We don't really have them out on the rally stages!"

But if you thought his car looked out of place on the track, Jaron Olivecrona's V12 monster is an even stranger sight.

The car is the real deal too - with an engine designed by none other than Formula One Kiwi Brendon Hartley's brother.

"His brother Nelson has built and assembled the whole engine," Olivecrona said.

"Everything inside of it, Nelson has custom made - literally everything."

Olivecrona said he can't wait to swing his car sideways around the Upper Hutt Speedway as part of a revamped motor series, set to cater for every kind of petrol head.

"To bring drifting to Wellington, D1NZ bringing it there – it's something pretty special."

Essentially, organisers are transforming the speedway by adding a tarmac section to the dirt track, allowing it to cater for rally cars, drifters, UTV's, and even two wheelers - all at the same event.

The series is much like the one held last year inside Dunedin's Forsyth Barr Stadium.

Work is well underway with the event to take place in mid-January and with over 140 entrants already confirmed, the series is looking to expand throughout several regions across New Zealand.

With over 140 entrants already confirmed, the series is looking to expand throughout several regions across NZ. Source: 1 NEWS