Jack Smith joins NZV8s grid in Pukekohe

The Commodore which Jack Smith will race in Pukekohe

New V8 Touring Car Series winner Jack Smith will race in New Zealand’s BNT V8s series this weekend at Pukekohe.

Smith will drive a Class One Hamilton Motorsports Commodore alongside team-mate Lance Hughes, with backing from Hamilton Asphalts and Pilot Brewery.

The 18-year-old says that the ride, his first in New Zealand, will help keep him sharp during the off-season.

“The aim of coming to New Zealand and doing the BNT V8s series is to gain further mileage in a car that is similar to a Supercar,” Smith explained.

“Essentially most of the championship is run in the Australian off-season, so when the new season kicks off in Australia in March I will have done a lot of driving over summer and will be race ready.”

Smith, who also races in the Dunlop Super2 Series with Brad Jones Racing, will test the Hamilton Motorsports Commodore today at Taupo’s Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park.

The news comes after Andre Heimgartner’s return to the BNT V8s was announced a fortnight ago.

Round 1 of the series features on the support card for this weekend’s ITM Auckland Super Sprint (November 3-5).

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