BIG fields and excellent racing was the mixture at Teretonga Park in Invercargill last weekend.
Chris Henderson, of Dunedin, in his LS-powered Toyota GT86, took the top step of the podium in the OSCA Super Saloons after taking two wins, a second plus a fifth in the four races for the class.
Fellow Dunedin driver Steve Ross was second overall in his Jaguar XK, the highlight of his weekend being a win in the second contest, a race in which he lowered his own lap record set five years ago to the day, leaving the new mark at 59.257 seconds.
Kris Brown, of Timaru, was third after winning the final race on Sunday afternoon.
Invercargill driver Liam MacDonald finished second in the opening race on Saturday in his Falcon, but took no further part in the weekend, while Pierre Neame, of Winton, picked up a third on Sunday morning.
James Penrose, of Rangiora, maintained his unbeaten record for the season in the South Island Formula 1600 Championship, winning all three races in his Van Diemen Stealth.
Zac Christensen, of Rolleston, and Southlander Ethan Anderson were second and third respectively in all of Sunday’s races, but on Saturday they tangled, leaving Cameron Freeman, of Dunedin, second with 15-year-old Jacob Douglas, of Christchurch, third in his motor racing debut.
Penrose was the Class 2 victor in all three races, while Ryan Low and Christensen shared the Class 1 spoils.
Rookie Harry Wilson, of Invercargill, won Class 3 in all three races, while another Southland rookie, Alex Crosbie, also performed well in Class 2.
The Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans Saloon races featured plenty of excitement.
Jordan Michels won the round overall in his Honda TCR from Arron Black, of Dunedin, in a BMW E46, with Kyle Dawson (Nissan Skyline) third.
Dawson led Michels across the line in each of the Group A races and the 2001cc and over race, while Michels won the Flying Farewell.
MacDonald’s Nissan NX caught fire on the final lap of Sunday morning’s Group A race, the results declared as the placings stood a lap earlier allowing MacDonald to salvage third in the race behind Dawson and Michels.
Group B had its share of excitement too.
David Hendry, of Invercargill, rolled his Nissan Sentra at the loop on Saturday, and Daniel McIntosh rolled his Mitsubishi Mirage after a touch with Russell Watt on Sunday morning.
Watt, of Alexandra, in a Commodore, and Rachael Beck, of Invercargill, (Fiat 850) won the group races, while Arron Black took Class 3 in the class race, Jeremy Dawson, Class 2 and Todd Blackmun, Class 1.
The Pre-65 Saloons saw Corey Ross, of Christchurch, (Ford Mustang), Piers Mingham, of Ashburton, (Ford Anglia) and Invercargill driver Wayne Tuffley, in his Ford Mustang, share the wins throughout the weekend, while Justin Neill, of Christchurch, stood at the top of the podium in Mini 7 South from Adam Box, of Rolleston, and Steve Scobie, of Christchurch.
Cameron Davies, of Waimate, took a second, third and first to win the Pro7/8 round from Christchurch driver Kris Mackie and Andrew Brunton, of Timaru.
Justin Ashwell, of Christchurch, took a clean sweep of the NZ Six Saloon races in his Ford Falcon to win the weekend from Steven Gordon, of Alexandra, in his Commodore and Cody Welch, of Omakau, (Falcon).
Andrew Gibson, of Timaru, in a Honda Civic, was the winner across the weekend in the huge field of SS Cup cars, outscoring fellow Timaru drivers Jarrod Parmenter (Mazda RX8) and James Liemburg (Mazda MX5).
The next race meeting at Teretonga Park would take place from January 15-17 when the OSCA Super Saloons and South Island Formula 1600 classes returned, along with others, with Drift South to bring their brand of excitement to the event.
- Lindsay Beer is the Southland Sports Car Club promotions officer