New Zealand’s oldest, most respected, and successful Motor Racing School in the country!

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Its time to skill up.

Do you want to learn to drive like the pros? Want a few seconds off your lap time? Bought a new Supercar and want to learn how to drive it?… Well, you’re in the right place! Our specialised, and qualified, team of professional drivers and instructors can help. Whether it be in one our purpose built race cars, or a bring your own and learn scenario, we’ve got you covered!

I’ve been involved with this school for over 18 years now and had the opportunity to own it 8 years ago after winning the Tasman Formula 5000 Championship, this was the best move I have ever made in my life! There’s nothing like sharing the love for the sport you have been involved with your whole life. We’re very proud that this school is NZ’s oldest and most respected racing school in the country. If you want to the best at your game? book in now for your first lesson!

Drivers and Crew

Get to know who's looking after you on the day.

Chris Hyde - Driver/Instructor/Owner

Chris Hyde is our head instructor and owner of V8 Superdrive.Chris has a wealth of experience as a professional driver over the years with a few titles under his belt which include: NZ Kart champ. RX7 Champ, Formula Ford and Formula 5000 Tasman Champion, along with a lot of other types of racing in NZ and overseas. He loves sharing his love for the sport to others and everyday is an adventure.

    Success Stories.

    We’ve had plenty of NZ’s top drivers (and International too) choose us… here’s where they’ve been and where they’re going!

    Jason Richards

    Jason John Richards (10 April 1976 – 15 December 2011) was a New Zealand motor racing driver. A multiple championship winning driver in his homeland in the New Zealand Touring Car Championship, he moved to Australia to pursue a career in the Australian-based V8 Supercar Championship Series. Richards career highlights include finishing second three times in V8 Supercar’s most famous race, the Bathurst 1000. Richards died at the age of 35, just over a year after being diagnosed with cancer.

    Andy Knight

    Andy Knight is an all-round talent when it comes to four wheels! With A TRS Championship under his belt and many other noticeable accomplishments he’s defiantly set the stage for Canterbury Motor Racing School Graduates. He’s spent most of his recent years playing around in the Central Muscle Cars where he parades a lethal Chevy Monza… and does it very well!

    Earl Bamber

    Earl Anderson Bamber (born 9 July 1990) is a professional racing driver from New Zealand, currently competing as a factory driver for Porsche Motorsport in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship GTLM class. He is the 2014 Porsche Supercup and double Porsche Carrera Cup Asiachampion,. He is a double Le Mans 24 Hours winner, having won the 2015 24 Hours of Le Mans with Nico Hülkenberg and Nick Tandy and the 2017 24 Hours of Le Mans with Timo Bernhard and Brendon Hartley. The trio was also joint winner of the 2017 FIA World Endurance Championship for Drivers.

    Dan Gaunt

    After rising through the ranks of New Zealand Formula Ford, which included a third-place finish in the 2002 New Zealand Grand Prix, Gaunt moved to Australia, competing in the Formula 4000 category and winning the 2003 Australian Drivers’ Championship. With Formula 4000 collapsing, the title did not lead anywhere and Gaunt returned to New Zealand. After a win in the 2004 Lady Wigram Trophy driving a Dallara F3, Gaunt moved on to compete in the inaugural Toyota Racing Series, finishing third in the final standings.[1] A season in Champ Car Atlanticsfollowed with the Paul Newman owned Newman/Wachs Racing. After single race as the back-up driver for A1 Team New Zealand Gaunt returned to New Zealand Gaunt won the 2006 Toyota Racing Series title. Drives in 2008 proved slim with guest drives in Toyota Racing Series, Australian Carrera Cup and a late season drive with Team Kiwi Racing in V8 Supercars. Over the 2008/09 NZ motor racing summer season Gaunt competed in the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge with the XXX Motorsport team, finishing 3rd overall and then stepped up to a full-time drive for McElrea Racing in the Australian Fujitsu Development Series. From there he was recruited by Lucas Dumbrell Motorsport to drive in the 2010 V8 Supercar Championship Series but was replaced mid season. In 2011 he is driving for Stone Brothers Racing satellite team James Rosenberg Racing for the Phillip Island and Bathurst endurance races. Since then Dan has been competing in many local and international GT and endurances races.

    Jonny Reid

    Jonathan Ross Reid, more commonly known as Jonny Reid, (born 18 October 1983, in Auckland) is a New Zealand racing driver. Reid comes from a well-known New Zealand racing family. Both his grandfather and his father were known kiwi racers. His father, Clayton Reid, was a New Zealand champion in karting. Reid presents himself as a “fine kiwi gentleman” and says that “racing is the sole love of his life”. Like so many others, Reid started racing in karting at the very young age of 8. In 1996, Reid won his first title, the New Zealand North IslandChampionship in the rookie class. In 1997, he went on to win the North Island Championship in the Junior Class. In 1998, he won the North Island Championship again. However, this time in the Junior Intercontinental Class. In 1999, Reid won his first New Zealand Championship in Junior Stock which was preceded by wins in the Pro series.In 2002, Reid won the New Zealand Formula Ford Festival for the second year in a row, the New Zealand Championship and the New Zealand Grand Prix. With the aid of Andrew Neale and John Crawford, Reid achieved his goal of winning the prestigious Motorsport New Zealand’s Steel Trophy for his dedication, skill, an excellent level of professionalism and sportsmanlike attitude. Reid drove for Graham Watson‘s Ralt Australia team in the 2003 Australian Drivers’ Championship. He had good season with four pole positions, six front row starts and wins in five races, gaining overall victory in three rounds. Reid finished the season with pole position and wins in both races in Round 6 at Eastern Creek and placed second in the championship. Reid also drove at the famous Bathurst 1000 race in 2003, gaining considerable note when, after only six laps, he had laid down a time that would have put him on the front row of the Konica race. His race did not eventuate, however, when the car suffered a terminal mechanical fault after only a few laps whilst being driven by his team mate. In 2010 he tested for Kelly Racing  and in 2011 for Mother Energy V8 Supercar teams. He participated in the 2010 Queensland V8 Supercar race practicing in Todd Kelly‘s car, but not racing. In 2012, he raced at the V8 supercar endurance races with Michael Patrizi in a Tekno Autosports Commodore. In February 2013, it was announced that Jonny would race for Dick Johnson Racingin the 2013 V8Supercar Championship Series. However, he was dropped on 19 April 2013 and replaced with Chaz Mostert. In 2005, Reid was called up by his country to race in the A1 Grand Prix. There he partnered Matt Halliday where they racked up 77 points in total to put the team in 4th place.In 2006, Reid was again called up to race in A1 Grand Prix. Reid drives a car which by the fans and media has been dubbed as the Black Beauty. He qualified first at Masaryk Circuit, A1 Team New Zealand’s first pole position. In the sprint race Reid collided with Nico Hülkenberg of Team Germany, before the first corner, and they both ran off the track.Reid also raced in the fourth round of the A1GP in Malaysia in Sepang International Circuit, where he and Hülkenberg collided once again. The German did not give him enough space on the track and both cars touched on the first corner. However, Reid managed to continue racing even with the damaged suspension and came 3rd in the sprint race. This was the first podium finish for the team. After doubling Team New Zealand’s points in Malaysia, Reid was unexpectedly selected to drive in the fifth round in Indonesia. In Indonesia Reid managed to get the fastest qualifying times, first place in the sprint race and first place in the feature race. The double wins means Reid will now be racing in the Taupo, New Zealand event in January 2007.

    “Taupo is in the back of my mind…”

    “But this is a hot seat and you have to be performing the whole time if you want to keep it. I’m just looking to better my game every time I get in that car, so I’ll be pushing myself to qualify on pole and win races. That’s my focus.”

    Reid passed his Firestone Indy Lights rookie test on 19 May 2008 at Iowa Speedway and made his debut for Integra Motorsports in the 2008 Firestone Freedom 100 on 23 May at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.[6] In race 2 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Reid took a career-best start of third and finish of fourth in race one, and the grid reversal gave him pole for race two. In wet conditions amidst lots of Safety Car periods Reid led most of the race, which was run to time rather than laps due to the delays. Reid took the white flag in second place behind Mitch Cunningham, but Cunningham then crashed at turn one, before a three-car incident further back involving points leader Richard Antinucci brought out the yellow flag. This effectively gave Reid the race, but (with his radio having failed earlier) he was unclear on the situation, and pitted at the end of the lap, meaning that he crossed the line in ninth place, gifting the win to James Davison. Reid left Integra Motorsports and missed the next race on the schedule. He returned one round later at Infineon Raceway driving a fourth car for Sam Schmidt Motorsports.On 8 January 2008 Reid raced his A1GP car ‘Black Beauty’ against an Air New Zealand Boeing 777-200ER passenger jet at Auckland International Airport. The first try saw the Boeing race past Jonny and lift into the sky, while the second attempt saw Black Beauty beat the 777 just as it was about to lift off. The car reached about 300 km/h, while the Boeing 777, with little fuel and no passengers or cargo, reached about 280 km/h before it was forced to lift into the sky. The race was publicity for the upcoming Taupo A1GP race. In the 2009/10 New Zealand Season he raced in the New Zealand Porsche GT3 Cup winning three races and finishing second to Craig Baird. He raced again in the 2010/11 season this time only winning one race and third in the Championship. He joined the re-vamped Australian Carrera Cup Championship in 2011. He finished second again to Craig Baird driving for McElrea Racing and winning three races. He won the Tudor Fastest Lap award for the most fastest laps in the championship. He also raced in the 2011 Australian GT Championship in the GT Challenge class with John Modystach winning both races they entered. He competed in the first New Zealand V8SuperTourer in 2012 finishing second to John McIntyre after not finishing in the second race in the final round at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park. As you can see Jonny is an extremely accomplished driver.

    Hunter McElrea

    Hunter McElrea (born 21 November 1999 in Los Angeles, CaliforniaUnited States) is a New Zealand racing driver with residence in Gold CoastAustralia. McElrea began his career in karting at the age of seven. In 2015, McElrea stepped up to single-seaters, competing in Formula Ford championships in both Australia and New Zealand, sometimes with the family outfit McElrea Racing. In 2018, McElrea contested a third season of Australian Formula Ford with Sonic Motor Racing Services, accumulating thirteen wins and becoming the first non-Australian driver to win the title since 1985.In December 2018, McElrea won #the $200,000 Mazda Road to Indy Shootout at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park to compete in the 2019 U.S. F2000 National Championship. Joining with Pabst Racing Services, McElrea claimed four victories, including back-to-back wins at Portland and ultimately finished as championship runner-up after missing out on the title five points to Braden Eves. In October 2019, McElrea reunited with Pabst to partake in the Chris Griffis Memorial Test, setting the fastest time in the Indy Pro 2000 category. In March the following year, Pabst officially confirmed McElrea as one of its entrants into the 2020 championship. McElrea is the third generation in his motor racing family including grandfather Rod McElrea and father 1991 Formula Ford champion Andy McElrea.

    Bryan Sellers

    Bryan Sellers (born August 19, 1982, in Dayton, Ohio) is an American racing driver. Sellers won the title in the USF2000 in 2002 and later competed in the Atlantic Championship and in racing sports cars. Bryan Sellers first competed in the World Karting Association (WKA) Manufacturer’s Cup and the Gold Cup in 1994, racing other young drivers such as Danica Patrick. In 1998, Sellers won the Spec 100 Open class in the Manufacturer’s Cup, beating future Atlantic Championship rival Jonathan Macri. Sellers made his first auto racing start in a Star Mazda in 1998, before competing in the Midwestern Skip Barber Formula Dodge. Sellers won the championship, beating other young hopefuls such as Caio Travaglini and Jason LaPoint. Sellers won his first two races at the Indianapolis Raceway Park road course, and ran races in the other Formula Dodge regions. At Lime Rock Park, Sellers beat Marc Breuers to win two races. In 2000, Sellers competed in the second edition of the Skip Barber National Championship; he won races at Grattan Raceway at the start of the season but lost the title to Canadian Anthony Simone. Due to his strong results in the Skip Barber ranks, Sellers advanced to the Barber Dodge Pro Series at Road America, supporting the Champ Car Grand Prix of Road America, and placed twelfth in his debut race. For 2001, Sellers signed with DSTP Motorsports for a partial schedule in the USF2000. After one race, the team switched from the Mygale chassis to the more favorable Van Diemen chassis. The best result for Sellers was a seventh place at Sebring International Raceway. Supported by Team USA Scholarship, Sellers and teammate A. J. Allmendinger competed for a number of races in the New Zealand Formula Ford Championship. Sellers and Allmendinger finished second and third in the prestigious New Zealand Grand Prix which was won by Fabian Coulthard. For the 2002 season, Sellers returned to the United States to race in the USF2000, joining the highly successful Cape Motorsports outfit. Sellers won the first race at Sebring and won another seven races to claim the championship. The following year, 2003, Sellers joined the Atlantic Championship with Lynx Racing. Running a partial schedule, Sellers scored three top-ten finishes out of four races. In 2004, Sellers competed in all races of the championship; he claimed three podium finishes: at Long BeachCleveland and Denver.Sellers driving the Falken Tire Porsche at Road Atlanta in 2011. Unable to continue in single seaters, Sellers shifted his focus to the American Le Mans Series and Grand-AmPanoz Motorsports signed Sellers to drive their Panoz Esperante GTLM. The team had a tough season with a number of retirements. The best result for Sellers was a fifth place at the 2005 Portland Grand Prix with teammate Robin Liddell. For 2006 Sellers joined BMW Team PTG in of their BMW M3 GTR entries. Sellers and teammate Justin Marks finished 24th in the season standings. After running various races in 2007, Sellers joined the Rolex Sports Car Series for their 2008 season. Joining The Racer’s Group, Sellers scored a third place in class at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Sellers was placed sixteenth in the series championship. After running three races in 2009 for Team Falken Tire, Sellers joined the team full-time in 2010 and scored numerous top-ten finishes in the American Le Mans Series. In 2011, Sellers scored two class wins in the GT class with teammate Wolf Henzler at Mid-Ohio and Baltimore. For 2012, Sellers remained at Team Falken Tire, run by Walker Racing. Sellers and Henzler again won their class at Baltimore. Sellers also ran in the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge for Fall-Line Motorsports, placing tenth in the championship standings. In 2013, Sellers won Petit Le Mans in the GT class, the final ALMS event before being merged into the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. Sellers repeated this performance in 2014. In 2015, Sellers won the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen.

    Jack Milligan

    Jack Milligan is just embarking on what could be an epic motorsport career! Jack has already competed in some big classes, notably the NZ Endurance Series in a variety of cars, TR86 (2017-2018 Champion), and, now a taste of international stardom in TCR over the ditch. Jack is also one of our very talented drivers/instructors! Keep an eye on Jack has he’s got plenty more to delivery yet!

    Charles Kimball

    Charles Newton Kimball (born February 20, 1985) is an American racecar driver currently competing in the IndyCar Series with A.J. Foyt Enterprises He has scored a win, six podiums and 13 top 5s. His best season result was ninth in 2013 and 2016. In addition, he won the 2013 24 Hours of Daytona. Born in Chertsey, England, Kimball’s single-seater career started in 2002 when he took part in the American Formula Dodge national championship, finishing the season in 10th place overall. He also won three races in the SCCA Formula Ford series. For 2003 he moved up to Formula Ford US, finishing third overall with two race wins and seven podium finishes. He also contested the UK Formula Ford winter series, taking one race win to finish third overall. In 2004, he competed in the full UK Formula Ford championship for Team JLR, taking two race wins and eleven podiums on his way to fourth in the championship. In the end-of-season Formula Ford Festival at Brands Hatch he finished in eighth place. His performances earned him a drive with front runners Carlin Motorsport in the 2005 British Formula 3 Championship, where he took five race wins to finish an impressive second behind teammate Álvaro Parente. He also finished 12th in the Marlboro Masters at Zandvoort, but failed to finish the season-ending Macau Grand Prix. For 2006 Kimball stayed in Formula Three, but moved up to the Formula 3 Euro Series with the French Signature-Plus team. He took one race win and three podiums to finish the season in eleventh place. Once again, he took part in the Masters Formula 3 race at Zandvoort and the Macau Grand Prix, finishing in 9th and 21st places respectively.Kimball driving for Victory Engineering in the Donington Park round of the 2007 Formula Renault 3.5 Series season. In 2007, he competed in the Formula Renault 3.5 Series for the Italian Victory Engineering team, alongside Dutchman Giedo van der Garde. He competed in 12 races (leaving the series with 2 race weekends remaining) and finished 24th in points with a best finish of 8th in the Monza and Nurburgring sprint races. His departed the team due to the onset of Type 1 diabetes which required hospitalization. As part of his ongoing treatment he wears a wireless blood sugar monitor and carries sugar water on board the car while racing. In 2008, he returned to F3 EuroSeries for 6 races with Prema Powerteam. Late in 2008 he competed in the first round of the A1 Grand Prix series for A1 Team USA. For 2009 Kimball signed to drive in Indy Lights for the new Team PBIR outfit. He stated that an influencing factor in his return to the U.S. is to increase Diabetes awareness in his home country. Kimball finished 10th in points with a best finish of 4th at Watkins Glen International. He returned to in Indy Lights in 2010 and signed with AFS Racing/Andretti Autosport. Despite not winning a race or pole, Kimball had four second-place finishes on the season and captured 4th in points, one spot behind his teammate Martin Plowman. It was announced on December 16, 2010 that Kimball would move up to the IndyCar Series in 2011, in which he would drive the No. 83 entry for Chip Ganassi Racing.[4] Kimball finished 19th in points with a best finish of ninth at the New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Kimball returned to the team in 2012 and again finished 19th in points despite missing a race due to injury. He finished second at the Honda Indy Toronto, his first career podium finish. In 2013, he competed in his first 24 Hours of Daytona race with Ganassi and was on the race winning team with co-drivers Juan Pablo MontoyaScott Pruett, and Memo Rojas. Kimball also won his first IndyCar race on August 4, 2013 at the Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio. Kimball was born in England but grew up in Camarillo, California. His father Gordon was a designer of Formula One and Indy cars. At 22, Kimball was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes and was forced to abandon his racing program midseason. Undeterred, he climbed back into the cockpit the following year and claimed a podium finish in his first race after returning. He is also the first licensed driver with diabetes in the history of IndyCar racing (Howdy Wilcox hid the fact he was driving with diabetes in the 1932 Indy 500, but was barred from competing when officials found out before the 1933 race). Novo Nordisk, the manufacturer of the insulin Kimball uses, became a full-time sponsor of his racing program in 2011. Kimball married Kathleen, whom he first met in high school, in 2014, the wedding officiated by fellow driver James Hinchcliffe. The couple relocated to Indianapolis, where they live with two dogs. Kathleen earned her MBA from Indiana University Kelley School of Business, and works at Kimball Marketing Group. Kimball is a long-time fan of the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team.

    And many others!

    Todd Stewart

    Graeme Allan

    Joshua Bethune

    Christina Orr/West

    Bailey Patterson

    Jaden Ransley

    Jayden Dodge

    Sam Wallace

    Justin Ashwell

    with many more Champions to come yet...

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