Steve Ross, of Dunedin, in his Jaguar TraNZam, on his way to victory in the opening OSCA Super Saloon Series at Teretonga Park near Invercargill last Saturday. Photo: Ron Veint
LARGE fields made for a top weekend of motor racing action at Teretonga Park, near Invercargill, last weekend.
Steve Ross, of Dunedin, in his Jaguar XK8 TraNZam, was the standout in the OSCA Super Saloons, winning three of the four races to top the podium for the weekend.
Kris Brown, of Timaru, in his Nissan R32, was second and Neville Stowell, of Timaru, third in his Nissan Skyline GTR.
Others who were prominent included Invercargill drivers Liam MacDonald and Andrew Cundall, as well as Russell Mortimer, of Christchurch, but mechanical problems cost them dearly at times.
Brendan Mason, of Invercargill, took the top step of the Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans Saloons podium in his Chev Camaro, ahead of Brian Scott, of Dunedin (Corvette), and Dion Dawson, of Invercargill (Saker).
Mason and Dawson shared the race wins across the weekend, while James Liemburg, of Timaru, won both Group B races from Bradley Dawson, of Invercargill, and Rachael Beck, of Invercargill, took out the 0-2500cc class race from Warren Walker, of Wanaka.
The race wins were shared equally across the Evolution Motorsport South Island F1600 races with James Penrose winning the first on Saturday before leaving the track and ending the race down the order on Sunday morning in a contest won by Matthew Butchart, of Nelson, while Jack Noble-Adams, of Christchurch, came third.
Corey Ross, of Christchurch, took the Pre-65 Saloon honours in his Ford Mustang from Paul Clarke, of Mosgiel, and local driver Wayne Tuffley (Mustang).
Timaru driver Jarrod Parmenter won both the SS Cup and also the Pro 7/8 class.
Second in the SS Cup was Phil Gurney, of Rangiora, in a Honda Civic, with Jared Pyke, also of Rangiora, third in his RX8.
Pyke was second on the Pro 7/8 podium with Sam Wallace, of Christchurch, third.
Justin Neill, of Christchurch, stood atop the Mini 7 South podium at the end of the weekend ahead of rookie Adam Box and Steve Scobie, all from Canterbury. Steven Gordon, of Alexandra, in a Commodore, won two of the NZ Six races and Cody Welch, of Omakau, in a Falcon, the other.
The next motor racing event at Teretonga Park will be the Speedworks Events Motorsport NZ Premier Championship meeting from January 24-26.
- Lindsay Beer, Sports Car Club publicity officer
Images from the opening OSCA Super Saloon Series at Teretonga Park near Invercargill last Saturday. Photos: Dave Loudon Photography