Nico Rosberg gave Germany another win to celebrate after their World Cup success with a home grand prix triumph for Mercedes on Sunday that stretched his overall lead in the Formula One championship to 14 points.
Three months out from the inaugural South Island Targa, event director Peter Martin has returned to Auckland from a trip to the bottom of the mainland, satisfied there is a buzz about the six-day tarmac road rally already.
If you thought motor racing was only for the well-heeled, think again. The South Island (SI) 2K Cup will debut on the mainland this spring, promising close racing at the most affordable level possible.
Dunedin's Martin Dippie, the defending Targa New Zealand winner, got his 2014 tarmac season off to a successful start, winning the modern 2WD section of the three-day Targa North Island motor rally last weekend.
Richard Mason has extended his national championship lead with a commanding win on the Otago Rally, while Neal Bates has emerged victorious in the classic section of the event for a second year in succession.
Richard Mason stormed to a commanding lead over day one of the national championship component of this weekend's Drivesouth Otago Rally, while Neal Bates inherited the classic rally lead after Haydon Paddon crashed off the road.
MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez continued his breathtaking start to his title defence when he streaked away to win his home grand prix in Jerez, Spain on Sunday and make it four wins in four races this year.
The Drivesouth Otago Rally Fest is actually three events in one: a full-blooded national championship event featuring New Zealand's leading drivers in modern turbocharged four-wheel-drive cars; a classic rally featuring a star-studded international cast in old-style two-wheel-drive machines; and an all-comers event, aimed at locals - some of them in very quick cars - who are out to have fun.
Emma's Gilmour's build-up to the Otago Rally next weekend is far less stressful than last year, when her crew burned the midnight oil trying to her home-built Suzuki Swift Maxi running in time for the event.