The Carters Tyres team of Dwayne Carter and Shane Hodgson have won the second three-hour race of the Carters South Island Endurance Series, which took place at Mike Pero Motorsport Park in Christchurch.

It's the first New Zealand win for the team's recently acquired a Mercedes-AMG SLS GT3, which replaced their ex-V8 Supercar Ford Falcon BA for this season.

The win came after a tight three-way battle for the top step, with each of the three GT3-spec cars on the grid all falling in and out of contention as the race wore on - the Carters SLS having to fend off the Tulloch Motorsport SaReNi Camaro of John McIntyre and Simon Gilbertson, plus the Trass Family Motorsport Ferrari 458 of Sam Fillmore and Danny Stutterd.

"We had the Ferrari right there, and the Camaro a bit earlier on in the stint was there or thereabouts," said race winner Hodgson.


"We haven't got any bent panels, which is a huge bonus. We'll bolt some new tyres on it and do all the necessary things, and be back in a couple of weeks time for the final and see what happens."