Jack Smith Leads New Zealand V8s

2016 CAMS Australian Formula 4 graduate Jack Smith is leading New Zealand’s V8s Championship, after claiming two wins and a second place at Pukekohe over the weekend.

The Pukekohe round was Smith’s second appearance at the venue, after also competing in the New Zealand category during Supercars and Formula 4’s visit to the venue in November.

Starting from pole on Saturday, Smith now enters the Christmas break in the lead of the New Zealand title race.

“Great weekend. At the first round here last month, we didn’t exactly struggle, but we didn’t put it all together. This weekend we’ve gone close to maximum points,” Smith said on nzv8touringcars.co.nz.

“I had a bit of a shocking start in that last race and let Nick get away and into the lead and onto the win. But the Championship lead was what we’re after and we got it. It’s been a good weekend.”

The New Zealand V8s resume racing in January, with their third round to take place at Highlands Motorsport Park.

“Really looking forward to getting down to Highlands in Cromwell in the New Year, a new circuit for not only me, but a lot of the others drivers, so it should be a good leveller,” Smith said.

It’s been a busy season for the Gold Coast driver, with a double-stint in Australia across V8 Touring Cars – recently rebranded to Super3 – and a Super2 Series campaign with Brad Jones Racing.

2018 Australian Formula 4 Champion Jayden Ojeda last week sampled Smith’s Super2 Commodore as his championship prize.