Three convincing winners at Teretonga

Local driver Jordan Michels, in his Ford Focus V8, takes a good line through the Castrol Bend during a 1-hour race as part of the South Island Endurance Series at Teretonga Park last Sunday. Photos: Dave Loudon

GLENN Smith, of Hawera, and former Southlander Damon Leitch, now based in Cromwell, driving a McLaren 650S GT3, won the Carter’s Tyre Service 3-hour Endurance Race at Teretonga Park, near Invercargill, on Sunday.

The duo qualified fastest, led all the way and Leitch set a new lap record of 54.814 seconds near the end of the race to cap off a great day.

“It all ran to plan,” Leitch said after the race.

“It was a lot of fun, the fast, flowing, high-speed layout suits the car.”

Invercargill driver Scott O’Donnell and Allan Dippie, of Dunedin, were second, one lap down in their Porsche 991 GT3R, maintaining their championship lead, while Barry Moore, of Queenstown, and Tim Mackersy, of Dunedin, were third in their Volkswagen Golf GTi TCR.

Smith/Leitch took Class E honours while Moore/ Mackersy sealed Class B. Christchurch duo Darryl Barrett and Hamish Frew took Class D in their Ford Falcon FG SuperTourer in fifth place while Grant and Matt Moore of Christchurch took out Class A in their Toyota Altezza.

Earlier in the day, two separate 1-hour races were held with Rhys Gould, of Christchurch, winning the first for Class A and B cars in his Hyundai i130N TCR in wet conditions, leading home Debbie Chapman, of Tai Tapu, in her Audi TCR LMS RS3, with Scott O’Donnell third in his Hyundai.

The top three cars were all Class B machines with Class A honours going to Tim Dossett, of Pleasant Point, in his Honda Civic, in seventh place from William Taylor (Queenstown/Honda Integra R), ninth overall followed by another Queenstown Honda driver, Bradley Rule, in a Honda Civic SIR.

The Class C and D race went to 17-year-old Upper Hutt driver Ryan Wood, who took his third win of the series in his Porsche 991 Cup Car. Wood had a two-lap buffer over Ben Byers, of Rolleston (Porsche 991.2 GT3 Cup Car) at the flag with Jarrod Owens, of West Melton, third in his Porsche 997 GT3 Cup S. Invercargill driver Jordan Michels was fourth in his 5-litre Ford Focus. Bruce Davidson, of Alexandra, scooped Class C in his Chev Corvette C6R in eighth.

The next race meeting at Teretonga Park takes place on December 4 and 5, with OSCA Super Saloons, South Island Formula 1600, Historic and Classic Pre 78, SS Cup and more.

– Lindsay Beer is the Southland Sports Car Club publicity officer