Vodanovich takes the fast way forward

Published 8 January 2018

The young Aucklander is a late comer to motor racing, and has taken a thoroughly modern approach to his new found passion.

Prior to stepping into a Toyota MR2 to race in the popular 2K Cup, Vodanovich’s first taste of motorsport was online – racing on a simulator.

After starting with racing in the 2K Cup, Vodanovich quickly stepped up his activity. The 16 year old St Kentigern College student contested both the SsangYong ute race series and the BMW E30 Series this year.

“I tried out for the E30 Scholarship and was runner up to Tim Dawson, scoring top marks for the driving sections. Then I tried out for the SsangYong Scholarship and won that.”

Part of the scholarship was a package of mentoring/driver coaching sessions with established racer Alexandra Whitley.

Vodanovich has also found another of his sports to be of benefit – he is a seven year devotee of martial arts to Black Belt level, and says the physical and mental conditioning involved are useful in the thick of the on-track action.

With the support of Kenny Smith, Tom Alexander and BMW series’ Todd Pelham, Vodanovich now steps into the Toyota series with the #4 car that took Reid Harker to second in the championship last year. He will run in the series with respected race team M2 Competition, more widely known in New Zealand for their regular presence in the Toyota Racing Series. 

Peter Vodanovich’s goals in this year’s championship are to learn the cars and circuits and get himself prepared to win rookie of the year in 2018-2019.

BJP-0014173 Jayden 300x170 Connor Adam hangs on to Toyota 86 Championship lead

Published 14 January 2018

Halfway through the Toyota 86 Championship, the title could go to any one of a half dozen drivers.

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Jack Milligan 300x170 Jack Milligan is new Championship leader

Published 13 January 2018

Christchurch driver Jack Milligan has sprinted into the lead in the 2017-2018 Toyota 86 Championship with victory in today's race at Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Ruapuna, Christchurch.

Milligan dominated the race from the start and was able to dictate pace over the distance to the chequered flag, though behind him Michael Scott had forced his way through the field to a podium and International Motorsport's Connor Adam hung on to maintain his title hopes.

On his charge through the field, Scott tangled with Tom Alexander mid-corner, the latter spinning off into the infield before regaining the track. Scott also set fastest lap of the race, a 1:37.949 on lap 3.

Another local, Jaden Ransley, was quick in the opening laps and showed true racecraft to hang on as the podium battle swept over him. He finished fourth, two second clear of leading rookie Jordan Baldwin.

Tom Alexander dropped tothe rear of the field while rejoining the race and finished eighth. The former Cantabrian has been battling illness and had missed free practice during the week. 

New inductee Sam Wallace made a clean start to the championship, finishing behind Alexander and ahead of Sam Wright, the Championship's youngest competitor, in the Tony Richards Toyota car.

Toyota 86 Championship round four, race one

1 Jack Milligan

2 Michael Scott

3 Connor Adam

4 Jaden Ransley

5 Jordan Baldwin

6 Bramwell King

7 Peter Vodanovich

8 Tom Alexander

9 Sam Wallace

10 Sam Wright

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Jordan-Baldwin-a-racer-on-a-fast-track-in-Toyota-86-Championship_ARTICLE_300x170 Jordan Baldwin a racer on a fast track in Toyota 86 Championship

Published 19 December 2017

A relative late starter in motorsport, Howick’s Jordan Baldwin is making up for lost time.

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