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Young gun Larsen wins Gold Cup 19-01-2014

Young Kapiti Coast sprintcar drive, Jamie Larsen dominated the second night of racing at Elf Lubricants Ruapuna Speedway to win the Gold Cup title ahead of the 21 strong field.

The 21 year old was second behind Auckland’s Daniel Eggleton on the points table after Friday evening racing on the CJ Phillips Construction sponsored event but tops the qualifying points after finishing second behind local Jamie Duff in Heat 7 and then won Heat 9 to finish on 71 points, to earn a spot on the front row the grid for the 25 lap Feature.

On the opening night Larsen, a former national Mini Sprint champion, showed way he was regarded has one of the country’s up and coming drivers, racing high on the track only centimetres away from the safety fence and producing a series of stunning slid passes to claim a win, two seconds and a fifth from his four starts and continued his form in the heats on Saturday and then totally dominated the Feature.

Larsen took the lead from the start and after having to battle side by side with Auckland’s Jamie McDonald for the first handful of laps were the two cars were racing side by side Larsen slowly opened up a lead and using the low line on the Town bend before switching to the high line on the Prison bend his rivals had so answer going on to win by a 1.5 second margin. McDonald finished in second place from Dean Brindle (Auckland) with Ashburton’s Matt Honeywell fourth after a great battle with Duff over the entire race. Tauranga’s Bradley Tyrell was next home from Kris Gerard (Cromwell) local Ray Baughan, Colin Entwhistle (Tauranga) with young local driver Caleb Brooks in a highly creditable 10th place in the smallest powered car in the field. Current New Zealand champion, Rodney Wood of Rotorua, who had claimed two heat win retired in the Feature on lap 5 with motor problems when in sixth place.

Consistent placings by Kevin Clive won him the Canterbury Three Quarter Midget title raced over both night with Kyle Glover second and Jeremy Webb third overall. Webb won three of the six heats but failing to finish the second heat cost him the title.

Tom Lumsden claimed the Canterbury Modified Sprint title from Josh Walls and Kieran Harris. Lumsden when back up in his Midgetcar on Saturday evening to claim the Feature win along with a second and a third in the lead up to the NZ Grand Prix title that will be contested at Ruapuna next Saturday. Nick Donaldson also good form winning the Feature on Friday evening and claiming two heats win on Saturday.

 

Race Results (Competitors from Christchurch unless stated).

Sprintcars – CJ Phillips Construction Gold Cup

Ht 1. Dean Brindle (Auck) 1, Jamie Larsen (Kapiti Coast) 2, Rodney Wood (Tauranga) 3, Bradley Tyrell (Tauranga) 4, Matt Honeywell 5, Jason Scott (Cromwell) 6.

Ht 2. Jamie McDonald (Auck) 1, Daniel Eggleton (Auck) 2, Nigel Colvin (Cromwell) 3, Daniel Anderson (Te Anau) 4, Jamie Duff 5, Alan Chapman 6.

Ht 3. Eggleton 1, Larsen 2, Colin Entwhistle (Tauranga) 3, Honeywell 4, Brindle 5, Ray Baughan 6.

Ht 4. Larsen 1, Honeywell 2, Tyrell 3, Brindle 4, Duff 5, Entwhistle 6.

Ht 5. Eggleton 1, Anderson 2 Baughan 3, McDonald 4, Larsen 5, Kris Gerald (Cromwell) 6.

Ht 6. Wood 1, Gaudion 2, McDonald 3, Eggleton 4, Gerald 5, Duff 6.

Ht 7. Duff 1, Larsen 2, Brindle 3, Wood 4, Colvin 5, Honeywell 6

Ht 8. Wood 1, Eggleton 2, Duff 3, McDonald 4, Baughan 5, Anderson 6.

Ht 9. Larsen 1, Brindle 2, Honeywell 3, Gerard 4, McDonald 5, Entwhistle 6.

Points: Larsen 71, Eggleton 66, Brindle 61 McDonald 58 Honeywell 55, Wood 53, Duff 50, Entwhistle 47, Anderson 46, Baughan 45, Gerald 37, Gaudion 36, Colvin 34, Tyrell 25, Scott 25, Jack 24, Brooks 23, Chapman 22, Astle 8.

Pole Shuffle. McDonald 1, Larsen 2, Eggleton 3, Brindle 4, Wood 5, Honeywell 6.

Gold Cup Feature. Larsen 1, McDonald 2, Brindle 3, Honeywell 4, Duff 5, Tyrell 6, Gerard 7, Baughan 8, Entwhistle 9, Brooks 10.

Midgets

Ht 1. Dave Kerr 1, Scott Millar 2, Brian Barclay 3.

Ht 2. Kerr 1, Nick Donaldson 2, Glen Everett 3.

Feature. Donaldson 1, Everett 2, Barclay 3.

Ht 1. Everett 1, Kerr 2, Wilkie 3.

Ht 2. Donaldson 1, Tom Lumsden 2, Gavin Wilkie (Dunedin) 3.

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

Feature. Lumsden 1, Wilkie 2, Barclay 3.

Three Quarter Midgets – Canty Championships

Ht 1. Jeremy Webb 1, Kevin Clive 2, Matt Leversedge 3.

Ht 2. Rachel Melrose 1, Sam Neil 2, Gareth Bindon 3.

Ht 3. Webb 1, Leversedge 2, Kyle Glover 3..

Ht 4. Webb 1, Gareth Bindon 2, Glen Durie 3.

Ht 5. Leversedge 1, Webb 2, Glover 3.

Ht 6. Leversedge 1, Bindon 2, Kimberly Yeatman 3.

Final placings: Clive 1st, Glover 2nd, Webb 3rd, Glen Milroy 5th, Bindon 6th

Feature. Bindon 1, Webb 2, Liam McCoubrey 3.

Modified Sprints - Canty Championships

Ht 1. Ben Gilmore 1, Charlie Jackson 2, Tom Lumsden 3.

Ht 2. Lumsden 1, Josh Walls 2, Caleb Baughan 3.

Ht 3. Lumsden 1, Kieran Harris 2, Jayden Fraser 3.

Final placings.Lumsden 1st, Walls 2nd Harris 3rd.

Feature. Fraser 1, Walls 2, Lumsden 3.

Six Shooters

Ht 1. Kirk Hawkins 1, Grant Harkness 2, Matt Anderson (Dunedin) 3.

Ht 2. Shaun Ashton 1, Anderson 2, Harkness 3.

Feature. Hawkins 1, Anderson 2, Jeremy Wright 3.

Ht 1. Anderson 1, Kris Jemmett 2, Wright 3.

Ht 2. Hawkins 1, Ashton 2, Jemmett 3.

Ht 3. Jemmett 1, Hawkins 2, Ben Smit 3.

Feature. Smit 1, Jemmett 2, Todd Schumacher 3.

Quarter Midgets

Ht 1. Ben Morgan 1, Jesse Jamieson 2, Jessie Dayley

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

Feature. Jamieson 1, Rowland 2, Morgan 3.

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