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18 found six to come after night 1 of NZ TQ championship 16-02-2014

The open night of the 61st New Zealand Three Quarter Midgetcar Championship produced race close racing, with the 15 laps record lowered twice with eight of the nine qualify 15 lap heats going green to chequered without a yellow. The seeding for the all three groups turned out to be very even with most drivers still going into their final heat with a chance of qualify. Eighteen qualifiers have been found with the final six coming from two repercharge heats this evening.

In the Accessman Group young Liam McCoubrey (Christchurch) took of the opening heat in record time with defeating NZ champion Dylan McGregor (Auckand) lowered again by 3.5 seconds when winning the second heat of the group. McGregor then backed up by winning the final heat to top the group with 40 points, from local Jeremy Webb on 36, from Auckland’s Lawrence Baker 33 and Shane Phillips 29, former champ Glen Durie (ChCh) 28 and Gina Harris (Auckland) 24 all making the cut. McCoubrey was unlucky to drop a chain in his last heat when looking set to qualify.

Christchurch’s Gareth Bindon took of the Springston Hotel Group winning two of three heats with the other win going to Ryan Barry (Auck), with Bindon topping the group with 37 points, two clear of Barry with Napier Craig Todd on 34. Current NZ #2 Paul LeCren (Auck) was next on 32, followed by Scott Baker (Auck) and current NZ GP holder, Matt Leversedge (ChCh) on 27.

Auckland’s Jared Taylor took out the Champion Freight Group also claiming two heat wins to finish on 38 points four clear of Duane Todd(Napier) with Sam Neil (ChCh) on 31. Ryan Baker (Auck) also claimed a heat win to qualify with 30, with Auckland’s Thomas McLean on 28 and Danny Keene on 28.

Thankfully the heat racing was clean and all cars are expected to line up in the repercharge with the 24 starters in the NZ titles racing over two 15 heats before the 25 lap Final.

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Race Results (Competitor from Christchurch Unless Stated)

Three Quarter Midgets New Zealand Championships

Qualifying

Accessman Group

Ht 1. Liam McCoubrey 1, Lawrence Baker (Auck) 2, Dylan McGregor (Auck) 3, Jeremy Webb 4, James Thompson (Greymouth) 5, Shane Phillips (Auck) 6..

Ht 2. McGregor 1, Glen Durie 2, Webb 3, David Wilson (Napier) 4, L Baker 5, Gina Harris (Auck) 6.

Ht 3. McGregor 1, Webb 2, Phillips 3, Harris 4, L Baker 5, Steve Smith (Auck) 6.

Points: McGregor 40, Webb 36, Baker 33, Phillips 29, Durie 28, Harris 24 (all qualify) Smith 22, Thompson 20, Wilson 20, McCoubrey 19, Daniel McKinlay 19, Brett Booth 8, Lindsay Bailey 6.

Springston Hotel Group

Ht 1. Gareth Bindon 1, Paul LeCren (Auck) 2, Shaun Cooke (Auck) 3, Ryan Barry (Auck) 4, Matt Leversedge 5, Mark Morris 6.

Ht 2. Barry 1, Craig Todd (Napier) 2, LeCren 3, Scott Baker (Auck) 4, Glen Milroy 5, Bindon 6.

Ht 3. Bindon 1, C Todd 2, S Baker 3, Scott Bailey 4, Barry 5, Leversedge 6.

Points: Bindon 37, Barry 35, C Todd 34, LeCren 32, S Baker 30, Leversedge 27 (all qualify) Morris 24, Cooke 23, Milroy 21, Bailey 20, Kimberley Yeatman 14, Atama Holland (Greymouth) 7, Jason Graham 4, Marcus Doocey 3.

Champion Freight Group

Ht 1. Jared Taylor (Auck) 1, Sam Neil 2, Nathan Howard (Auck) 3, Kyle Glover 4, Duane Todd (Napier) 5, Danny Keene (Auck) 6.

Ht 2. Ryan Baker (Auck) 1, D Todd 2, Keene 3, Michael Moulin 4, Taylor 5, Brian Fridd 6.

Ht 3. Taylor 1, Thomas McLean (Auck) 2, Neil 3, D Todd 4, Barker 5, Glover 6.

Points: Taylor 38, D Todd 34, Neil 31, Barker 30, McLean 28, Keene 27 (all qualify) Moulin 26, Glover 25, Howard 24, Fridd 18, Michael Gurnett 14, Mike Griffiths (Aust) 11, Charles Gardiner 0.

Six Shooters

Ht 1. Matt Anderson (Dunedin) 1, Kris Jemmett 2, Shaun Ashton 3.

Ht 2. Grant Harkness 1, Anderson 2, Todd Schumacher 3.

Feature. Jemmett 1, Anderson 2, Ashton 3.

Modified Sprints

Ht 1. Josh Walls 1, Ben Smith 2, Allan Daly 3.

Ht 2. Walls 1, Daly 2, Caleb Baughan 3.

Feature. Ben Smith 1, Walls 2, Baughan 3.

Quarter Midgets

Ht 1. Brad Clive 1, Hunter Rowland 2, Tyler Warnock 3.

Ht 2. Ben Morgan 1, Rowland 2, Jesse Daly 3.

Feature. Montana Jamieson 1, Rowland 2, Aneshia Forsey 3.

Youth Mini Stocks

Ht 1. Chris Wood 1, Matt Petersen 2, Zac Woods 3.

Ht 2. Shiane Rodd 1, M Petersen 2, Brooke Petersen 3,

Feature. West 1. Toby Ireland 2, M Petersen 3.

Sidecars

Ht 1. Paul Anderson/Nick Case 1, Bevan Nuttridge/Blair Low 2, Clint Warwood/Paul Auton 3.

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