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Youngster and ex NZ champ win TQ best pairs 03-02-2014

Local Three Quarter midgetcar drivers had their final hit out at Elf Lubricants Ruapuna Speedway on Saturday evening in a best pair racing format, before the New Zealand titles will be raced at the same venue in two weeks time.

The best pairs title was taken out by former NZ number one, Glen Durie (57) and promising rookie Liam McCoubrey (54), with McCoubrey winning the opening hit to finish in 111 points, twelve clear of Sam Neil and Glen Milroy with a close battle for over with saw five points separating the next four pairs with Daniel McKinlay and Brian Barclay taking third place by just two points.

The pairs format saw close racing with plenty of passing as each driver chased valuable points Gareth Bindon and Jeremy Webb each claimed at heat. Bindon was the top scorer with 59 but suffered when his partner Australian, Mike Griffiths failed to finish two of heats. McKinlay took out the 20 lap Feature from Bindon and Brian Fridd.

A best pairs format was also used for the sidecar racing who also have there national title set down for Ruapuna in three weeks time. Close racing was also a feature with the consistent Mike Warwood/Laurie McMahon and Nelson’s Adie Drake/Owen finishing on top with 23 points from Bevan Nuttridge/Blair Low and Paul Anderson/Nick Case on 21 with Lionel Green/Shane Breach and Clint Warwood and Natasha Cullen third overall.

Jared Taylor dominated the midgetcar racing with the visiting Auckland driver winning all three heats of the Barry Butterworth series and then back up when winning the Feature from Nick Donaldson and Tom Lumsden.

Kris Jemmett and Kirk Hawkins were the pick of the drivers in the Six Shooter class each winning a a series of 4 x 4 races with Hawkins winning the Feature from Jayden Fitzgibbon and Jemmett. Montana Jamieson continued her dominance in the Quarter Midget class with two wins.

Race Results (Competitor from Christchurch Unless Stated)

Three Quarter Midgets

Best Pairs

Ht 1. Liam McCoubrey 1, Kyle Glover 2, Philly Melrose 3.

Ht 2. Gareth Bindon 1, Matt Leversedge 2, Michael Moulin 3.

Ht 3. Jeremy Webb 1, Glen Durie 2, Melrose 3.

Points: Durie (57) & McCoubrey (54) 111 points, Sam Neil (51) & Glen Milroy (48) 99, Daniel McKinlay (43) & Brian Barclay (38) 81, Melrose (56) & Charles Gardiner (23) 79, Glover (50) & Marcus Doocey (28) 78, Brian Fridd (45) & Kimberley Yeateman (31) 76, Bindon (59) & Mike Griffiths (9) 68, Moulin (50) & Kimberly Smith (9) 59, Webb (47) & Jason Graham (10) 57, Leversedge (54) & Aymon Bridger (0) 54, Brett Booth (12) Scott Bailey (10) 22

Feature. McKinlay 1, Bindon 2, Fridd 3.

Midgets- Barry Butterworth Series

Ht 1. Jared Taylor (Auck) 1, Nick Donaldson 2, Glenn Everett 3.

Ht 2. Taylor 1, Tom Lumsden 2, Everett 3.

Ht 3. Taylor 1, Donaldson 2, Lumsden 3.

Feature. Taylor 1, Donaldson 2, Everett 3.

Six Shooters

Ht 1 4 x 4

Leg 1. Kirk Hawkins 1, Kris Jemmett 2, Alisa Clive 3

Leg 2. Hawkins 1 Jayden Fitzgibbon 2, Kris Jemmett 3.

Ht 2 4 x 4

Leg 1. Jemmett 1, Hawkins 2, Clive 3.

Leg 2. Jemmett 1, Hawkins 2, Clive 3.

Feature. Hawkins 1, Fitzgibbon 2, Jemmett 3.

Sidecars

Best Pairs

Ht 1. Bevan Nuttridge/Blair Low, Lionel Green/Shane Breach 2, Adie Drake/Owen Hunter (Nelson) 3.

Ht 2. Green/Breach 1, Nuttridge/Low 2, Drake/Hunter 3.

Ht 3. John Warwood/Laurie McMahon 1, Paul Anderson/Nick Case 2, Nuttridge/Low Points: Warwood/McMahon (12) & Drake/Hunter (11) 23, Nuttridge/Low (15) & Anderson/Case (6) 21, Green/Breach (11) & Clint Warwood/Natashi Cullen (4) 15

Quarter Midgets

Ht 1. Hunter Rowland 1, Brad Clive 2, Courtney Jones 3.

Ht 2. Montana Jamieson 1, Tyler Warnock 2, Ben Morgan 3.

Feature. Jamieson 1, Clive 2, Rowland 3.

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