Adams looks to rebuild his lead
International Motorsport's Connor Adam will seek to rebuild his points lead in the 2017-2018 Toyota 86 Championship this weekend as the cars and drivers roll into Teretonga near Invercargill for round four.
After round three at Ruapuna last week Adam - who survived a massive crash going into the weekend - retains a narrow points lead over Tom Alexander and Jack Milligan.
At Ruapuna there were three different race winners, but time penalties applied for on-track incidents meant no racer emerged with a strong points tally.
The Auckland driver chased the front-runners home all weekend at Ruapuna, but will be looking to extend his lead here at Teretonga.
His team-mate, Michael Scott, is looming as a constant threat as the Championship progresses.
Also emerging as potential Championship challengers are Christchurch 15 year old Jaden Ransley and Aucklander Jordan Baldwin, who is leading the rookie stakes.
Ransley, 15, won the third race at Ruapuna. He has been coached by Andy Neale, one of the best driver mentors in New Zealand and has made major advances in his competitive speed.
Halfway through the Toyota 86 Championship, the title could go to any one of a half dozen drivers.
While Jack Milligan, Tom Alexander, Connor Adam and Michael Scott are all in contention for the title, Ransley impressed the crowd with a series of drives that culminated with victory in the third race.
Christchurch driver Jack Milligan sprinted into the championship lead with victory in the first race at Ruapuna.
Connor Adam remains the leader by ten points from Alexander, Jack Milligan third and a single point further back.
This is the Championship's first year on a new tyre, a semi-slick from Hankook which drivers say is more predictable than the slicks used previously. Teams are now refining baseline settings to take into account the characteristics of the new grooved tyre. Tyre pressures are crucial to fast laps.