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  INSTRUCTOR PROFILES
 

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Phil Blythe

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Alexandra Whitley

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Scott Harrison

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Todd Pelham

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Stuart Roddick
 

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Matt Lockwood

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Michael Bristow

         

   Phil Blythe 
   NZV8 Race Experience Instructor
   phil.blythe@holden-driving.co.nz
 
   (027) 2813385
 


Phil
is domiciled in the Auckland Region and travels nationwide with NZ Advanced Driver Training as one of our specialist instructors.  
He has also conducted
tyre testing programs for Bridgestone New Zealand & is our principal NZV8 Hot Lap pilot and NZV8 Race Experience Instructor.
His original
background was in the motor vehicle industry and his extensive motorsport pedigree includes having previously raced speedway saloons, rally cars, karts, and a variety of circuit race cars.
Phil is a three time FMG Classic New Zealand National Champion, multiple Pro7 champion and in 2012 competed in selected rounds of
the BNT NZV8 Touring Car Championship.
For the last 15 years Phil has concentrated on circuit racing and over the last 9 years has developed and run a successful motorsport team competing in National circuit racing series within New Zealand.
Phil has now instigated and set-up the Pro7 Racing Academy where you can get the opportunity to lease and actually drive fully race-prepared Pro7 race cars over a weekend of competitive motorsport at various venues around New Zealand.
Currently, Phil Blythe Motorsport owns and operates a number of race ready Mazda RX8's and also a championship winning Pro7 Plus car. 

Phil's passion and enthusiasium for motorsport is infectious and he is also dedicated to providing the NZV8 Race Drive  Experience option to the public, where they have the opportunity to drive one of our extensively modified race prepared 400kw 6000cc V8 Holden Commodore race car at either Pukekohe Park Raceway, Manfeild - Circuit Chris Amon, Mike Pero Motorsport Park or Teretonga Park Raceway, whilst receiving expert tuition in car control and racecraft skills.
Phil also exclusively conducts one on one personal race driving tuition to existing and newer race drivers, which can either be undertaken in their own race vehicles, or a supplied race vehicle.
He is vastly experienced in providing extreme NZV8 Hot Lap rides and NZV8 Race Drive Experiences over the last 10 years.
Phil
is eminently qualified as one of our specialist NZV8 Race Experience Instructors utilising one of our race prepared 400kw V8 Holden Commodore Hot Lap vehicles. 

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  Alexandra Whitley
   NZV8 Race Experience Instructor
   
   alexandra.whitley@holden-driving.co.nz
   027-
2323874  

Alexandra is domiciled in the Auckland Region and she is another member of our NZV8 Hot Lap team.
She has an extensive previous motorsport pedigree, having achieved 3 karting Club Champion titles and was the 2016 Woman of Australian Motorsport award winner.
In 2016 she was also exclusively selected and successfully graduated from the prestidious NZ Elite Motorsport Academy.
Alexandra has successfully competed in the SsangYong Racing Series for a number of years and has also undertaken endurance racing, piloting a 700kw super ute.
She was previously an instructor at the Holden Performance Driving Centre on the Gold Coast and currently works in the motor vehicle industry for SsangYong.
This season she has been competing in the national Endurance Series in a 700kw SsangYong super ute.
Alexandra is a very talented driver who is eminently qualified as one of our specialist pilots of our 400kw 6000cc Holden NZV8 Hot Lap vehicles. 

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  Scott Harrison
   NZV8 Race Experience Instructor
   
   scott.harrison@holden-driving.co.nz
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Scott is domiciled in the North Auckland area and is another member of our NZV8 Hot Lap team.
He has an extensive previous motorsport pedigree, having competed competitively in a number of categories including Porsche GT Cup & NZ Supertourers.
Scott has competed very succussfully for a number of years in various Pro7 classes thru Phil Blythe Motorsport at a National level.
He is the current reigning two time Pro7 Plus New Zealand National Champion.
Scott is a very talented driver and a personable individual.
He is eminently qualified as one of our specialist NZV8 Race Experience Instructors utilising one of our race prepared 400kw V8 Holden Commodore Hot Lap vehicles. 

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  Todd Pelham
   NZV8 Race Experience Instructor
   todd.pelham@holden-driving.co.nz
   020-40321735
  

Todd is domiciled in the Mount Maunganui area and is another valued member of our NZV8 Hot Lap team
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He lives and breathes cars and has an extensive previous motorsport pedigree, having competed competitively in karts from an early age and winning many high profile events.
Todd then went on to race BMW's and Peugeots at a National level, culminating in him winning the BMW Series National title in 2008.
In 2013, he was racing BMW's in the Open class series and also won the North Island endurance racing series, becaming the series Champion.
Todd also previously competed in selected rounds of the BNT NZV8 Championship series.
He understands the importance of car finesse, vehicle set up and of looking after your vehicle.
Having previously managed a Hot Laps and driver training business before leaving to start up his own marine industry related business, he also still spends time mentoring and conducting individual race driver tuition.
Todd is eminently qualified and experienced to assist you in piloting one of our race prepared 400kw V8 Holden Hot Lap vehicles. 

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   Stuart Roddick 
   NZV8 Race Experience Director & Instructor
   stuart.roddick@holden-driving.co.nz
   (027) 2813383

 

Stuart is domiciled in the Papamoa Beach area and is the founding owner and Managing Director of Advanced Driving Systems Limited.  
He holds the nationwide position of Chief Advanced Driving Instructor and Race Experience Director of our NZV8 Hot Laps & NZV8 Race Experience operations.
He was formally a member of the New Zealand Police, where he served as a member of the New Zealand Diplomatic Protection Squad for 3 years and also served as a Specialist Advanced Driving Instructor based at the Royal New Zealand Police College for the final 5 years of his 15-year police career.
These roles involved the study, design and implementation of all facets of advanced and high speed driving techniques.  
Stuart was the original content design consultant for the highly acclaimed and successful ACC / Peter Brock TV commercial series.
He is internationally recognised and regarded as an expert in the field of advanced, specialist and high speed driving techniques.
Stuart was also directly involved for 15 years with Bridgestone NZ in the specialist area of tyre testing & handling comparisons as their principal tyre test pilot.
He has also been utilised as the professional driver in TV commercials, vehicle evaluations, driving exercises and undertaken practical tyre industry comparative handling and performance demonstrations for Bridgestone.
He is vastly experienced in providing extreme NZV8 Hot Lap rides and NZV8 Race Drive Experiences.
Stuart's extensive previous training, qualifications and expertise in a very diverse range of advanced driving roles qualifies him to be one of the selected drivers of our race prepared 400kw V8 Holden Hot Lap vehicles.
He has been a fulltime professional Holden NZV8 Hot Lap pilot & NZV8 Race Experience Instructor since its inception over 10 years ago.

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  Matt Lockwood 
   Former V8 Instructor
   In the 2008 season, Matt
competed in the NZV8 Ute racing Championship in his then Holden Hot Laps supported Holden Commodore V8 Race Ute.. where he won the 2008 NZV8 Ute Championship.

NZV8 Hot Laps now no longer has any ongoing association with Matt.

    
Holden Hot Laps supported 2008 NZV8 Ute Championship
winning Race Ute at a corporate Holden Hot Laps event in 2008... 
 

  Michael Bristow 
   Former V8 Instructor
   During the 2007/2008 racing season, Michael competed in the NZV8 (Tier 2) Series in his Holden Hot Laps supported Holden Commodore... where he won the NZV8 (Tier 2) National Championship.

NZV8 Hot Laps now no longer has any ongoing association with Michael.


Holden Hot Laps supported 2008 NZV8
Championship winning V8 racecar
 

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This exclusive NZV8 Race Experience is professionally provided by Advanced Driving Systems Ltd
and is directly associated with our NZV8 Hot Laps & NZ Advanced Driver Training operations.