Last weekend’s event saw over 300 competitors taking to Pukekohe Park Raceway. The yearly race meeting was again a success with drivers and spectators alike, providing some of the closest fought domestic racing of the year.
“Thunder in the Park is an annual fixture on the Franklin motorsport scene, and we know that the local community enjoy getting in behind it,” said Thunder in the Park promoter, Deborah Day.
With 27 sessions on Saturday alone, Thunder in the Park turned to Thunder in the Dark when racing came to a conclusion at quarter to nine that evening.
2KCUP made their maiden appearance at Pukekohe, the series brought the largest field of over 90 road going race cars. The class ran two split grids for faster and slower racers, and finished in close to full darkness.
2015 saw the return of the Central, Northern, and Production Muscle Cars. The Central Muscle Car crew attracted the most fanfare; four races over the weekend pleasing the punters with the V8 powered Muscle providing plenty of drama.
Local man, Dean Perkins, took first blood for the weekend holding out a fast charging Shane Wigston for victory. The pair had earlier made light contact at turn one, resulting in both of them taking to the grass.
Ross Graham, however, was the most successful racer for the weekend taking out the two handicap races on Sunday afternoon.
The event enjoyed clean and close racing throughout the various race classes including the Pirelli Porsche Championship, Dinsdale Drywall Super Six & HQ series, SS2000, Toyo Tyres Pro 7 series, Koen Super Mini Challenge and Motul Honda Cup.
The opening two races saw just 0.065 and 0.061 separate first and second at the finish line, Ryan Hellier and Michael Shephard winning the races respectively.
However, it was Hellier who took the final spoils, holding out Shephard and Bramwell King for the win, just one second covered the top three.
Following a successful 2015 edition, event organizers are confident next year’s Thunder in the Park will continue to remain one of the largest family friendly race meetings on the calendar.