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McGegor back to back New Zealand Champion 16-02-14

Auckland Dylan McGregor won a pulsating New Zealand Three Quarter Midgetcar at Ruapuna Park speedway on Saturday evening from Napier’s Duane Todd with Auckland’s Scott Baker with Jeremy Webb the first Christchurch driver home in fourth place, with 43 drivers contesting the 61st running of the championship, which produced some of the closest racing seen at the track in recent years.

McGregor came into the meeting as the defending champion and headed his qualifying group of Friday evening winning two of his three heats as well as setting a new 15 lap record. Twenty four cars started in the heats for the championship on Saturday evening with both heats keenly contested as each car passed meant one more point and a grid nearer the front for the 25 lap final.

Shane Phillips took of the first heat from Ryan Barry and Ryan Baker, all from Auckland, with Webb fourth with McGregor coming from near the back of the field to finish on seventh place. Shane Barker won the second heat from former NZ champ Paul LeCren (Auckland) with McGregor third. This meant Scott Baker started on the front row along side Barry with McGregor in grid 3 with Webb in 4, for the final with the driver taken the chequered flag crown the champion.

Barry took a narrow lead from Baker with McGregor a close third from Webb. In the fifth lap McGregor moved into second place and took the lead two laps later going on to open a handy lead before the race went under yellow. In the restart McGregor lead the lead but was under pressure from Barry who twice manage to cut inside the leader but come not back the pass stick.

Barry took over the lead on lap 22 only for McGregor regain the position on the next lap, with Todd still in third place with Baker and Webb having a great dice for fourth and fifth.

The position remain unchanged going into final lap butt luck was against Barry who mounted one last challenge on McGregor on the final turn only for his car to jump the track cushion which allowed Todd, Baker and Webb to sweep passed and deny Barry what would have been a deserved podium finish.

In the support races for the drivers that did not qualify for the NZ title Auckland’s Steve Smith took out the series from local Scott Bailey and Michael Gurnett (Auckland).

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,

Repercharge

Ht 1. Howard 1, Milroy 2, Wilson 3 Cooke 4, Griffiths 5, McKinley 6.

Ht 2. Glover 1, Morris 2, Fridd 3, Smith McCoubrey 5, Yeateman 6

NZ Championship Final

Ht 1. Phillips 1, Barry 2, R Baker 3, Webb 4, C Todd 5, Keene 6, McGregor 7, Bindon 8, S Baker 9, D Todd 10.

Ht 2. S Baker 1, LeCren 2, McGregor 3, Howard 4, D Todd 5, Barry 6, Taylor 7, Webb 8, McLean 9, Durie 10.

Stadium Finance NZ Final. McGregor 1, Todd 2, S Baker 3, Webb 4, Barry 5, Bindon 6, LeCren 7, R Baker 8, L Baker 9, Keene 10.

Non Qualifiers

Ht 1. McCoubrey 1, Smith 2, Cooke 3.

Ht 2. S Bailey 1, McKinlay 2, Yeateman 3.

Ht 3. Gurnett 1, Griffiths 2, Cooke 3.

Overall: Smith 1, S Bailey 2, Gurnett 3.

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.

Ht 1. Andersen 1, Brent Allen 2, Jayden Fitzgibbon 3.

Ht 2. Andersen 1, Kevin Clive 2, Shaun 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.

Ht 1. Baughan 1, Walls 2, Smith 3.

Ht 2. Smith 1, Daly 2, Baughan 3.

Feature. Baughan 1, Walls 2, Charlie Jackson 3.

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.

Ht 1. Jamieson 1, Rowland 2, Jack Low 3.

Ht 2. Morgan 1, Low 2, Warnock 3.

Ht 3. Rowland 1, Jamieson 2, Clive 3.

Feature. Rowland 1, Warnock 2, Rowland 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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