20 Apr 2012

Mark Porter Trophy to remain in Hamilton

6:15 am on 20 April 2012

Regardless of the V8 Supercars future in New Zealand, the winner of Sunday's Hamilton 400 will be the last name to be etched onto the Mark Porter Trophy.

Waikato born Porter has been remembered since 2008 after a trophy was inaugurated in his honour for the first Hamilton event.

He lost his life in a race at Bathurst in 2006, and his memory was dedicated via the trophy.

With this weekend being the last race in Hamilton, the trophy will be returned to his family.

Having previously been won by Australians Garth Tander and twice by Jamie Whincup, New Zealander Shane van Gisbergen is the current holder of the trophy after he drove his Stone Brothers Racing Falcon to a thrilling victory in 2011.

The Porter family and the home crowd will be hoping for a repeat New Zealand victory on Sunday, before the trophy is placed in the Waikato Museum.