Mahindra backs new motorsport series

Mahindra backs new motorsport series


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The new North Island endurance series says that market newcomer Mahindra will be the title sponsor for the inaugural three round series this year.

The sponsorship is the first for the Mahindra brand locally, although the company is a major sponsor in NASCAR and Moto GP, and has its own team in the forthcoming Formula E series.

Mahindra New Zealand will also provide the official safety car for the events.

The North Island endurance series will take place at Pukekohe June 6-7, Taupo July 5-6 and Hampton Downs July 25-26.

“Even though everyone involved in the new series has experience of running and promoting motorsport events, we all know how difficult it is for any level of the sport to secure sponsorship,” says series board member Kel McBeath.

“Mahindra New Zealand want to be involved with the series right from the outset and are as enthusiastic as the organisers about making it a success,” says McBeath.

The Taupo round will include a 1 hour and 3 hour race, while the Hampton Downs and Pukekohe events will include 1, 3 and 6 hour races.

Class 1 will be for vehicles powered by engines of 3501cc and over, Class 2 for engines between 2001cc and 3500cc, Class 3 for vehicles from 1601cc to 2000cc and Class 4 for vehicles up to 1600cc.

There will also be a GT class for the more exotic cars.

The Indian-owned Mahindra operation was founded in 1945 as steel trading company and entered automotive manufacturing in 1947 with the iconic Willys Jeep.

Mahindra employes more than 180,000 employees in more than 100 countries across the globe and has an annual turnover in excess of US$16.2 billion. Today, its focus is utility, light commercial and passenger vehicles.

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