PassRite have long been a passionate sponsor of many motorsport categories in New Zealand.
Visit this area of our website again in the future for information, photos and video of our sponsored cars and drivers.
In the 2016/17 season we are supporting:
Matt Griffin North Island Endro series
BMW E30 Series
BMW 2 litre Series
Speedway Super Sprint car
MATT GRIFFIN MOTORSPORT (PASSRITE IS PROUD TO BE ONE OF MATT'S SPONSORS)
Eneos North Island Endurance Series Round 2 report
24th June 2017 Hampton Downs
After the success at round 1 the Matt Griffin Motorsport team headed for round 2 of the Eneos North Island Endurance series with high expectations of getting a good result and continue the great year Matt has been having. The Mortimer Motorsport E46 had been given a front to rear check over by the team and also a few extra’s had been added to help the car perform even better as Matt was aiming to be on the top step of the podium for round 2.
Round 2 was being held at Hampton Downs Motorsport Track on Saturday June 24th with practise on the Friday and wouldn’t you know it the weather gods had brought rain again for the meeting. So on arrivals at Hampton on Friday the Matt Griffin Motorsport team had to unload the car and spares in the rain and then get down to changing the practise set up as it wasn’t meant to be wet and the car was set up for a dry track. After the car was ready to go it was decided to go out and do some laps on the rain tyres that had been used at round 1 in Taupo and make sure everything was working and the changes made were going to do what was hoped they would do. But after a few laps Matt reported that he was having some braking issues in the front so he brought the car in and the team set about trying to find what was causing the braking issue. After a few checks and changes Matt returned to the track and the issue was a little better but not totally fixed. Maybe some different rain tyres could solve the problem but the answer to that was a big “NO” as these tyres were only good for a rubbish pile. Back into the garage and it was decided as the rain wasn’t helping things the decision was made to do the pre- race preparation and check over and hope Saturday would bring some better weather.
Saturday arrived and it wasn’t raining when everybody arrived at the track but rain was on the rain radar and due around midday. After all the drivers had their pre-race drivers briefing it was out onto the track for a 20 minute qualifying session and with no rain and a drying track Matt set about doing a good time and get as close as possible to the front of the grid. With some nice new tyres on Matt’s plan was to get everything warm and then do some flying laps and set a good time. The plan worked and Matt finished with a great time and was going to start the race on grid 4.
So at 11am the flag dropped and the race was on and Matt made a great start and settled into a good pace and in a great battle with a 911 Porsche cup car and a V8 Commodore. Matt’s plan was to do about 15 minutes and then come in for his compulsory pit stop and hope there were no safety cars that could spoil the plan. After Matt had done 13 laps he came in and the team performed a great pit stop and Matt was able to get back onto the track ahead of the Porsche and Commodore and set some fast laps and make the gap too big for them to catch him and then drive to a plan that would allow him to turn it up if he needed to but the Porsche and Commodore couldn’t close the gap. After 45mins the rain came and it was so bad that the organizers decided that it was too dangerous to continue and they red flagged the race.
So Matt finished the race in 3rd place overall and 1st in his class, job done, the plan was executed perfectly and the whole team were so excited for Matt as the car didn’t miss a beat and everything was set up for a great final round in July.
Now everything has settled down we now turn our attention to Pukekohe on July 22nd and the final round of the series. As the report is written the points haven’t been finalized but provisionally Matt is leading his class and running 5th overall in the 1 hour race section.
Finally thanks to all the sponsors and supporters who have made it possible for Matt to be doing so well and we hope we can see you all at Pukekohe for the final round. Bring it on.
Matt's proud sponsors
Mason Tool and Engineering
PassRite Driving Academy
And finally say hello to the newest member of Matt Griffin Motorsport. Brock Alan Griffin born June 18th
Congratulation Matt and Kirsty we are all so proud of you both
North Island Endurance Series Round 1 report.
May the 19th 2017 Taupo
May 19th arrived and it was an early start for Matt and the team as they headed down to Taupo for the first round of the Eneos sponsored series and the weather looked as it wasn’t going to come to the party and rain was predicted on Saturday for the race.
Arriving at the track early allowed the team to help with the set up in the Garages and start to get the car prepared and ready for the 10am start of testing and rain was coming so we couldn’t do the set up until just before testing started. There were 33 cars entered for the 1 hour race with 4 different classes within the race ranging from fire breathing Porsches to BMW E30’s so the speed difference was great so caution was also part of the race plan.
When testing started the plan for Matt was to get out and do a few laps to check everything was all good on the car after a long and major pre event preparation and see how the changes made to car worked without really pushing the car too hard to early. After the team had checked everything and some changes made Matt hit the track again and pushed the car along for some hard laps and Matt was happy everything was working well and he was happy with how the car was performing. It was decided not to put the new tyres on for testing so after a few more practise laps and rain predicted the team went thought some driver change practise and considering this was the 1st time both Matt and the team had done driver changes, things went well and everybody was happy and looking forward to Saturday. There were a few things to change and set up on the car for Saturday and with rain predicted the final set couldn’t be decided until Saturday morning.
Rain and cold temperature’s greeted all the teams when they arrived at the race track on Saturday morning. After Friday Matt and the team were happy with how things were looking for the 1 hour race so for qualifying it was decided to go out and do some laps and get a time and save the rain tyres. So Matt went out and did 4 laps and set a time which placed him in 20th place on the grid, Matt said he could have gone faster but by doing that he would have worn the rain tyres out and with rain set to be around for the 1 hour race Matt drove the car into the garage.
When the start time for the race arrived Matt was confident that he could get a good result even if he was starting from 20th. After 2 formation laps the race started at 11-30am and everybody charged at the 1st corner and amazingly there was no major drama’s and the race was underway. Matt moved pass some cars on the first lap and set about moving forward towards the front of the field. Then after about 5 laps the front windscreen on Matt’s car started to fog up and Matt was finding it very hard to see the race track and some of the cars that he had passed move back passed Matt as he couldn’t come into the pits till after 10 minutes of the race. When Matt did come into the pits after 10minutes of the race for his compulsory pitstop the team quickly set about cleaning the inside of the front screen and doing a quite modification to get more air into the car and stop the screen fogging up. As Matt re-joined the race he had a lot of work to do to get up the front of the race and he started the charge forward from the first lap out and as he had done his Pit stop early and with his tyres in good condition it was all on for a great result. Matt was driving very fast in the rain, something he is very good at, and he was passing a lot of cars and he was setting some very fast times and making many of the top teams taking a lot of interest in his performance and informing their drivers. When the flag came out at the 1 hour Matt had driven the car to a great finish place of 9th overall and 3rd in class, well that’s what the official results said. A great result in Matt’s first endurance race in the Mortimer Motorsport V8 BMW.
BUT WAIT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
After doing some post event checking the team believes that Matt had in their opinion finished in a higher overall position and they are currently talking to the event Organizers so watch this space as Matt’s final placing could be about to change.
Roll on Round 2 of the series at Hampton Raceway on June 24th.
On behalf of Matt and the team from Matt Griffin Motorsport we would like to thank all our sponsors and supporters who have made it possible for Matt to get out there and show everybody that he has great change to win the series 2 rounds to run in the series.
Mason Tool & Engineering. BNT Manukau. Express Hydraulics. Wired Auto Electrical. Excell Chemicals.
PassRite Driving Academy. Mortimer Motorsport. Gull Fuel
Matt working the tools Matt at full noise in the wet at Taupo 19th May 2017
Ash Blewett BATHURST 2016
Ash Blewett NZ TR86 champion for the 2015 -16 season heads to Bathurst representing NZ in the Australian Toyota TR86's series.
Ash beside his TR86 that he competed in at Bathurst The Ash Blewett's NZ support team that flew out to Bathurst to watch the racing.
Well done Ash an incredable result.
Started 19th and finished 8th by the end of race 3.
This is a fiercely competitive series and involves a lot of door to door racing over a very demanding and challenging track. Not an easy task by any stretch of the imagination.
For more photos and to read Ash's interesting summary of the event Click here
BMW Race Driver Series
Timetable for 2016/17 calendar for BMW Race Drivers Series
September 10th-11th Hampton Downs
October 22nd-23rd Manfield
November 19th-20th Taupo
January 14th-15th Hampton Downs
February 2nd-5th Taupo
Feburary 18th-19th Pukekohe
March 25th-26th Hampton Downs
A busy weekend at Hampton Dowmns for the TRS
The PassRite team was down there in full strenght and our Lead man in the E30's Mark Crompton excelled in 3 perfect drives with a 1st and 3rd. In the 2 litre open our man Ash blistered the field with 2 wins. Rock om Manfield in a couple of weeks with the TR86's. Ash is presently leading the Championship in the TR85's. All the other boys had excellent races. Well done team. The social life at the Tuakau Hotel was fun also even if it cost Gerald $14 for a glass of wine.
Ash having a pre race nap while Fred's car and line up of all the PassRite team cars
Gerald argues with his lap timer
The cars lined up by the Mothership
Cars loaded on the transporter ready to travel to Manfield Raceway
Now is time to start thinking about the 2016 -17 season
New bonnet, boot and front bumper so far.
Congratulations to our Office Manager Rebecca's brother Bazza
Barry Rhodes known as Bazza on the Track started racing Stock Cars 6 weeks ago
Bazza races at his home turf in Huntly most Saturday nights but has also travelled to Wanganui and lately Waikaraka to race in the NZ Stock Car Grand Prix.
What a great result all achievable because of the car wash at PassRite next will be some ticks and that will make him at least a second faster per lap.
Night 1 – Qualifying Heat 1 – 13th / Heat 2 – 13th / Heat 3 – 4th – 10th Overall
Night 2 – Finals – Tier 2 – Race 1 – 4th / Race 2 – 3rd / Race 3 – 4th – 2nd on Points overall.
OVERVIEW FOR 2015/16 SEASON
I have really enjoyed my first season racing stock cars. This season started off well but the last three months have been a bit rough due to car reliability issues and lack of spare parts.
Season highlights for me would be coming 2nd in Tier 2 at the NZ GP, and also competing at several championship around the country and competing against the best and doing well.
The car has already been stripped down to a bare chassis and rebuild has begun.
I would just like to thank everyone for their support this season and there help on racing nights.
Watch Facebook for my updates on the rebuild of my car.
1st = 0
2nd = 1
3rd = 1
TOP 5 = 2
TOP 10 = 18
REPACHARGE = 2
DNF = 6
DNS = 6
Keep watching as there is going to be more from Bazza for the 2016/17 season.
Well done Bazza.
Bazza in full noise at Auckland Champs Bazza with his treasured second place sash. Well done
46h with the PassRite livery on the bonnet
SPEEDWAY - SUPER SPRINT CAR.
Driver: Dion Kendall
Sometimes you get knocked down, and as I say to my daughter “Get up” (before she cries). Well it’s my turn to “Get up”.
Dion Kendall Racing has just completed our international Series at Western Springs and unfortunately things have not gone to plan lately.
The team has been through some highs and lows over the years and the last few months are certainly no exception. With the start of the season having 6 meetings out of the way. We have an important update.
The Champion of Champion series we are currently in 3rd, this is great news. We have run 2 rounds and 4 left to go.
The Springs National series we are currently in 4th, this is also great news, this series is done over most of the Western Springs Season.
However we have done it hard at the last 2 meeting being the International Sprintcar series. In the first round we ran the heats to qualify 16th off the feature. During the feature I had to move off the racing line to avoid a competitor, and inevitably put the car into the wall @ around 150km/h. and tipped the car over. Whilst the team is prepared for this to happen it made for a very hard week with a majority of the car being pulled apart, replacement parts, Chassis straightened and welded. We made it back to the track on the weekend for the final round of the International series.
We completed our warmup with the car seemingly all good, reset the timing, oil level etc in the pits.
For the first race we fired up and gave the car a shoe full during the roll round and all looked and sounded great. Starting at the back of the grid we took the green…
Unfortunately the “hangover” was not gone from the crash the week prior as under maximum load we had a catastrophic engine failure. We have broken the crank in the Chev Haigh motor. There was no evidence that pointed to this prior to the running of the car. Realistically to have found this would have required the engine completely stripped and crack tested.
Although the last two weeks have been by far the worst for my entire racing career the Team is digging deep preparing the car for Boxing night. Dion Kendall Racing are fortunate to own a second motor. As we speak we are having the Ford Fontana looked over as a precaution before it gets shoehorned into the car.
Thanks you for your support as it is greatly appreciated.