Whitley to race Ssangyong Actyon Sport Ute in New Zealand
Multiple national karting champion Alexandra Whitley, 21, will make her motor racing debut in New Zealand on September 27-28, competing in the brand new Ssangyong Actyon Sport Ute Series.
The Toowoomba youngster accepted an invitation to compete in New Zealand after establishing herself as a competitive kart racer with an impressive list of accolades including four consecutive Senior Ladies National Championship titles and three Senior Clubman Sport National Championship titles in her short,six year karting career.
“I’m super excited about heading to New Zealand to compete in the Ssangyong Actyon Sport Ute Series” said Alexandra.
“They have over 25 confirmed entries already which definitely promises close and exciting racing right down the grid. The Actyon ute’s will be a lot bigger than what I am used to racing though, so my aim for the first round will be just to finish all races strongly and learn as much as I can.”
Ssangyong Actyon Sport Ute Race Director, Mark Petch, the founder of the Premier NZ Supertourers Series, is pleased with the grid numbers for the first round.
“We have 25 confirmed starters with 1-2 more still possible which is great for a brand new class of racing. We are also proud that we have four very well-credentialed female racers confirmed in amongst the entry list of karter’s, rookies and seasoned racers which certainly adds to the spectacle and appeal of the class.”
The SsangYong Actyon Sport Utes are purchased race ready, prepared to a strictly controlled set of rules using 2.3L petrol engines with Mercedes-Benz technology, 5 speed gearboxes, lowered suspension, improved exhaust and brakes and an extensive list of safety equipment.