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2014-2015 Results

Well folks they may not be 'Race Results' but they are the result of hard work, commitment and long standing service from drivers, crew members, family, committee members and volunteers who have all contributed to a fantastic Season of racing here at Ruapuna Speedway. Here are your Awards Recipients for the 2014-2015 Season.

 

Quarter Midgets


Butler Automotive Canterbury Champs - Jayedan Bradley


Ruapuna Speedway Season Points – 1st Jayedan Bradley
2nd Montana Jamieson, 3rd Brad Clive

Leversedge Family Best Presented Car – Brad Clive

Jemmetts Power Tool Service Rookie of the Year – Grace Roxburgh

Barbara Leversedge Memorial Trophy – Casey Morgan

Stone Family Most Improved – Cameron Sidaway

Most Consistent Quarter Midget Driver of the Day – Oscar Harcourt

 

Modified Sprints

Ruapuna Speedway Canterbury Champs – Ben Gilmore

Ruapuna Speedway Season Points – 1st Ben Gilmore

2nd Verdon McHaffie

3rd Brendan Daly

Best Presented – Verdon McHaffie

Rookie of the Year – Courtney Jones

Clay Cup – Ben Gilmore

Queensland Lightening Sprints Easter Series Championship – 1st Team NZ

Tom Lumsden, Jimmy Doyle and Ben Gilmore

 

Six Shooters

A J Batt Trophy Canterbury Champs – James Robinson

Ruapuna Speedway Season Points – 1st Kristin Jemmett
2nd Peter Keith, 3rd Jason Manson

Amazing Natural Floors Best Presented – Grant Harkess

Rookie of the Year – Jason Corboy

Wrights Glass & Glazing Track Championship – 1st Grant Harkess

2nd Kristin Jemmett, 3rd Peter Keith, 4th Todd Hay, 5th Jason Manson

Most Improved – Jason Manson

Best Crash – Jeremy Wright

Hard Luck – Jeremy Wright

 

TQ Midgets

John Morris Car Sales Canterbury Champs – Jeremy Webb

Ruapuna Speedway Season Points – 1st Jeremy Webb
2nd Liam McCoubrey, 3rd Kyle Glover

Errol Hood Memorial Most Improved Driver – Daniel Jenkins

Murray Brown Hard Luck Award – Ben Smith

Hecker Trophy – Jeremy Webb

R Harkerss Memorial Best Presented – Ben Gilmore

ChCh TQ Club Driver’s Driver Award – Ben Gilmore

 

Midgets

Ruapuna Speedway Canterbury Champs – Nick Marquet

Ruapuna Speedway Season Points – 1st Brian Fridd
2nd Nick Marquet, 3rd Gavin Wilkie

David Baker Memorial Rookie of the Year – Nathan Blomquist

Ruapuna Speedway Best Midget Roll – Glen Everett

Bill Clarkson Snr Memorial Most Dedicated – Nick Marquet

Ruapuna Speedway Most Feature Wins – Nevil Basalaj

 

Sprintcars

Ruapuna Speedway Canterbury Champs – Jamie Duff

Ruapuna Speedway Season Points – 1st Matt Honeywell
2nd Jamie Duff, 3rd Ray Baughan

Loveday Photographers Most Consistent winner – Matt Honeywell

Best Personality Award – Shaun Ashton

Rookie of the Year – Steve Duff

 

CSA Club Trophies

CSA Carpark Feature Award – Matt Honeywell

Svd Harrison Club Member of the Year – Ben Gilmore

Gavin Tavendale Trophy Fair Play Award – Mike Madden

CSA Most Dedicated – Ross McCoubrey

CSA Presidents Cup – John Mitchell

X Factor Trophy- Allan Batt

Honouary Life Members – Brian Hopping and Gavin Searle

New Zealand Sprintcar champion Jamie Duff pulled off a scintillating pass on the closing laps of the Quake City Stampede in the final meeting of the 53rd season at City South Van Spares Ruapuna Speedway on Saturday evening.

Duff who will shortly head off to race in the US, who had earlier in the meeting claimed a third and a first in the heats looked to be heading for second place in the Feature behind Matt Honeywell after Honeywell had held out the national champion since the midway point of the 20 lap race. Coming out of the CJ Phillips Construction Town Bend on lap seventeen Honeywell drifted slightly off the pole line and that was enough for Duff to blast through on the inside and go on to win by 1.6 seconds from Honeywell with Nelson’s Kris Gerald in third place.

Tom Lumsden claimed the Canterbury Midgetcar title contested over three races with a win in the opening race and then and third and a second giving Lumsden the title with 24 points, three ahead of Nelson’s Nick Marquet, with Scott Millar third.

The Three Quarter Midgetcar class was evenly contested with three different winners with Gareth Bindon and Jeremy Webb claiming a heat win with Matt Leversedge cappig off a good season when winning the Feature in a close finshed over Liam McCoubrey and Webb.

Kris Jemmett continued his recent dominance in the Six Shooter class when claiming back to back Feature wins as well as claiming a third and win in the heats. Kate Warren took out the Modified Sprint Feature, with Nelson’s Jayden Bradley doing likewise in the development ¼ midget section.

Results – Competitors from Christchurch Unless Stated.

Sprintcars – Shake City Stampede

Ht 1. Steve Duff jnr 1, Kris Gerald (Nelson) 2, Jamie Duff 3.

Ht 2. J Duff 1, Shaun Ashton 2, Matt Honeywell 3.

Feature. Duff 1, Honeywell 2, Gerald 3.

Midgetcars – Canterbury Champions

Ht 1. Tom Lumsden 1, Nathan Roberts 2, Brian Fridd 3.

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

Feature. Marquet 1, Lumsden 2, Blair Low 3.

Points: Lumsden 24, Marquet 21, Scott Millar 19. Low 18, Wilkie 13, Graham Sharp 13, Andrew Brown (Nelson) 13, James Brown (Nelson) 10.

Three Quarter Midgets

Ht 1. Gareth Bindon 1, Gareth Nixon 2, Liam McCoubrey 3.

Ht 2. Jeremy Webb 1, Kyle Glover 2, Scott Bailey 3.

Feature. Matt Leversedge 1, McCoubrey 2, Webb 3. 

Modified Sprints

Ht 1. Chris Jones (Invercargill) 1, Kate Warren 2, Charlie Jackson 3.

Feature. Warren 1, Jones 2, Ben Gilmore 3.

Six Shooters.

Ht 1. Matt Doncliff 1, Kirk Hawkins 2, Kris Jemmett 3.

Ht 2. Jemmett 1, Peter Keith 2, Gene Spooner 3.

Feature. Jemmett 1, Doncliff 2, Hay 3.

¼ Midgets

Ht 1. Brad Clive 1, Oscar Harcourt 2, Jayden Bradley (Nelson) 3.

Ht 2. Clive, Montana Jamieson 2, Bradley 3.

Feature. Bradley 1, Low 2, Ben Morgan 3.

Newly crowned NZ Sprintcar champion, Jamie Duff made a winning return to his home track when winning the sixth round of the $60,000 War of the Wings series at City South Van Spares Ruapuna Speedway on Saturday evening.

Duff who won the national title two weeks ago in Palmerston North totally dominated the 25 lap Feature heading home series leader Matt Honeywell, Nelson’s Brett Sullivan, Shaun Ashton and Ray Baughan.
Duff has had limited appearances at Ruapuna this season due to basing his racing out of Auckland but proudly did a lap of honour with the New Zealand flag flying of the top wing of his car before the meeting started and consistent placing in the three heats – a second, seventh and a fourth of the fourteen car field, saw Duff start the Feature as the top scorers and on the front row of the grid alongside Honeywell who had won the opening heat and then claimed a fourth and and 11th of the Concut sponsored round.

In the Feature Honeywell lead for the opening laps slowly building up a lead over Duff and Steve Sullivan (Nelson). After the first caution on lap four Honeywell again pulled away from Duff but on lap eight the two cars were locked together and on lap ten Duff passed in the inside of the Stadium Car Prison with Honeywell unable to respond. At one stage Duff at opened up a massive 6.4 second lead. Even with two more cautions, the last with three laps to race, which allowed the field to close up Duff was in control going on to take the chequered flag by over three seconds. Honeywell held out Sullivan with Ashton, still in his rookie second claiming his best finish in the series ahead home Baughan.  With two rounds remaining Honeywell stills on holds a commanding points lead with 540, with Jason Scott (Cromwell) on 445 with Sullivan next on 405, from Baughan 385 and Allan Woods (Australia) 365 round out the top five.

In the Equus/Oxford Court Motel Southern Midget series Nelson’s Nick Marquet finally had a trouble free run taking out the Feature from Brian Fridd and local Glen Durie.  Fridd was the early pace setter and had a great dice with Marquet for several laps before Marquet took the leads. Series leader Neil Basalaj claimed a second and a win in the heats before rolling early in the Feature after riding a wheel of a rival coming out of the C J Phillips Construction Town bend.

Ben Gilmore had a busy evening doing double duty in both the Modified Sprint and TQ classes and his efforts were rewarded when winning the $1,000 Modified Sprint Clay Cup from Invercargill’s Raymond Phillips with Michael Jackson third. Gilmore also tasted success in his TQ with a heat win and then a third in the Feature behind winner Jeremy Webb and Andrew Marker.

The Six Shooter class turned in some close racing with Dunedin’s Matt Anderson claiming the Feature win as well as a heat win, with Jason Manson and Matt Doncliff following the Anderson home in the Feature.  

Results – Competitors from Christchurch Unless Stated.
Sprintcars – War of The Wings Concut - Round 6
Ht 1. Matt Honeywell 1, Jamie Duff 2, Kris Garard (Nelson) 3.
Ht 2. Steve Sullivan (Nelson) 1, Shaun Ashton 2, Steve Duff jun 3.
Ht 3. Brett Sullivan (Nelson) 1, Ray Baughan 2, Daniel Anderson (Te Anau) 3.
Feature. Duff 1, Honeywell 2, B Sullivan 3.
Midgetcars – Equus/Oxford Court Motel Southern Series
Ht 1. Dave Kerr 1, Nevil Basalaj (Nelson) 2, Glen Durie 3. 
Ht 2. Basalaj 1, Nick Marquet (Nelson) 2, Tom Lumsden 3.
Feature. Marquet 1, Brian Fridd 2, Durie 3.
Modifield Sprints – Clay Cup
Ht 1. Kate Warren 1, Caleb Baughan 2, Jimmy Doyle 3.
Ht 2. Caleb Baughan 1, Verdon McHaffie 2, Gilmore 3.
Ht 3. Gilmore 1, Michael Jackson (Invercargill) 2, Warren 3.   
Feature. Gilmore 1, Raymond Phillips (Inv.) 2, Jackson 3.
Three Quarter Midgets – Sinclair Trophy
Ht 1. Ben Gilmore 1, Gareth Bindon 2, Jeremy Webb 3.
Ht 2. Andrew Marker 1, Webb 2, Bindon 3.
Feature. Webb 1, Marker 2, Gilmore 3.
Six Shooters.
Ht 1. Grant Harkess 1, Jason Manson 2, Kris Jemmett 3.
Ht 2. Matt Anderson (Dunedin ) 1, Jemmett 2, Harkess 3.
Feature. Anderson 1, Manson 2, Matt Doncliff 3. 
¼ Midgets
Ht 1. Jayden Bradley (Nelson) 1, Jack Low 2, Ben Morgan 3.
Ht 2. Bradley 1, Low 2, Brad Clive 3.

Auckland’s Brad Mosen deservedly won the 73rd New Zealand Midgetcar Championship raced at City South Van Spares Ruapuna Speedway on Friday Saturday, with Brock Mascovich (Auckland) second and local Dave Kerr becoming the first local driver to finish on the rostrum in over two decades when claiming third place on the final lap.

Mosen, who had twice finished runner-up up in the title, showed that he would be the driver to beat when dominating his other 32 rivals during the heat racing of the Deno’s Towing sponsored event, dropping just one point from his five heats, with four wins and a second to start the title race on the front row alongside defending champion, Michael Pickens who was attempting to equal Ted Tracey’s record seven national titles.

Picken’s briefly lead Mosen from the green light in the final but Mosen powered around Picken’s on the CJ Phillips Construction Town bend on the opening lap. Picken’s twice tried a slide pass on the leader but could not make it stick and Mosen quickly opened up a race winning margin as Picken’s car slowed coming out of the Stadium Car Prison bend it what looked to be a fuel issue.

With Mosen increasing his lead lap by lap interest focus on second and third with Mascovich passing Pickens on lap four to take second place with Pickens regaining the spot on the next lap. Mascovich regained second place three laps later with the two swapping positions again on lap 14 and lap 17 to leave Mascovich in second spot. Kerr, who started from grid 8 had worked his way up to fourth place midway into the 25 lap race and with Picken’s car slowing over the closing laps made the decisive pass coming out of the Town bend on the final lap with Hayden Williams also passed the outgoing champion before the chequered flag.

Mosen’s dominance of the championship was shown by his winning margin was over five seconds, with his lead at times over half a lap and once in front his win was never in doubt. Kerr’s third place had the home crowd on their feet on the final laps with the fifth time’s South Island champion the top South Islander after the heat racing with a win, two thirds and two four placings.

Overall the midgetcar racing was some of the best ever in recent seasons with the smooth track conditions on both night a credit to all the hours put by the track crew with plenty of racing lines over the two nights which saw only three cars rolling during the racing, the worst being Nelson’s James Nicholson who clipped Graham Sharp’s car coming out of the Prison bend during the final heat sending Nicholson car on a wild ride with a series of flips down the front straight with the Nicholson quickly climbing out of his badly damaged race.    

On the other featured event over the two nights was the K & T Drainage TQ Masters which won by Napier’s Duane Todd - 73 points with local Gareth Bindon (69) second from Auckland Hayden Guptill (67). The 27 car three wide format on Saturday saw plenty of carnage with only 11 cars finishing all three heats.

Midgetcars

Deno’s Towing 73rd New Zealand Championship

Qualifying

Ht 1. Michael Pickens(Auckland) 1, Hayden Williams (Auck) 2, Ben Drummond (Auck) 3

Ht 2. Brad Mosen (Auck) 1, Nick Marquet (Nelson) 2, Dave Kerr 3.

Ht 3. Scott Buckley (Auck) 1, Brock Mascovich (Auck) 2, Nevil Basalij (Nelson) 3.

Ht 4. Mosen 1, Marquet 2, Ryan O’Conner (Auck) 3

Ht 5. Williams 1, Duane Hickman (Stratford) 2, Mascovich 3.

Ht 6. Basalaj 1, Buckley 2, Kerr 3.

Ht 7. Mosen 1, Hickman 2, Mascovich 3.

Ht 8. Kerr 1, Pickens 2, Chris Gwilliam (Auck) 3.

Ht 9. Williams 1, Peter Hunnibull (Auckland) 2, Dayne Maxwell (Auck) 3.

Ht 10. Pickens 1, Mascovich, Barclay 3.

Ht 11. Dion Rochford 1, Williams 2, Kerr 3.

Ht 12. Maxwell 1, Mosen 2, Buckley 3.

Ht 13. Pickens 1, Buckley 2, Maxwell 3.

Ht 14. Mascovich 1, Gwilliam 2, Hickman 3.

Ht 15. Mosen 1, O’Conner 2, Hunnibell 3.

Qualifying Points: Mosen 59, Pickens & Williams 55, Mascovich 54, Buckley 53, Kerr 50, Basalaj and Hickman 48, Gwilliam 46, O’Conner 42, Maxwell, Everett & Hunnibell 41, Marquet 38, Tom Lumsden 36, Dave Gick (Auck) 32, Nick Donaldson 32, Leon Burgess (Auck) 31, Nathan Blomquist  and Brain Fridd 30, Chris McCutcheon 29, Barcley 26, Drummond and Gary Chadwick 25, Gavin Wilkie (Dunedin) 22, Dion Rochford 20, Jimmy Greenough(Stratford) 19, Nathan Roberts 17, Steve McCallum and Blair Bertram (Auck) 16, Graham Sharp 15, Glen Durie & James Nicholson (Nelson)  14 Jarrod Wade (Auck) 0.      

B Main. Burgess 1, Donaldson 2, Blomquist 3.

New Zealand Championship Final. Mosen 1, Mascovich 2, Kerr 3, Williams 4, Pickens 5, O’Connor 6, Hickman 7, Hunnibell 8, Buckley 9, Gick 10, Maxwell 11, Basalaj 12, Burgess 13, McCutcheon 14, Gwilliam 15, Donaldson 16, Marquet 17, Gavin Wilkie (Dunedin) 18, Everett 19, Tom Lumsden 20, Rochford 21 Nathan Blomquist 22.  

Three Quarter Midgetcars

K & T Drainage Masters

Qualifying

Ht 1. Duane Todd (Hawkes Bay) 1, Lindsay Bailey 2, Paul LeCren (Auckland) 3.

Ht 2. Jeremy Webb 1, Ben Gilmore 2, Craig Todd (H Bay) 3.

Ht 3. Danny Keene (Auck) 1, Matt Leveresedge 2, Liam McCoubrey 3.

Ht 4. D Todd 1, Gilmore 2, Webb 3.

Ht 5. Webb 1, McCoubrey 2, Alicia McLauchlan (Nelson) 3

Ht 6. Shane Phillips (Auck) 1, D Todd 2, Keene 3.

Repercharge. Gareth Bindon 1, Ben Smith 2, Mark Morris 3.

Masters Final.

Ht 1. Bindon 1, Keene 2, Matt Leversedge 3.

Ht 2. Webb 1, D Todd 2, McCoubrey 3.

Ht 3. Hayden Guptill (Auckland) 1, Liam McCoubrey 2, Scott Bailey 3.

Overall Points – Top 10. D Todd 73, Bindon 69, Guptill 67, Bailey & McCoubrey 66, Daniel McKinley 62, McLauchlan 60, Jayden Busch 59, Charles Gardiner 47, Tim Yellowless 46

Modified Sprints

Ht 1. Ben Gilmore 1, Charlie Jackson 2, Verdon McHaffie 3.

Ht 2. Gilmore 1, McHaffie 2, Jayden Fraser 3.

Feature. Gilmore 1, McHaffie 2, Jackson 3.

1/4 Midgets

Ht 1. Montana Jamieson 1, Brad Clive 2, Jayden Bradley (Nelson) 3.

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

Feature. Bradley 1, Ben Morgan 2, Jack Low 3.

Six Shooters

Ht 1. Peter Keith 1, Grant Harkness 2, Kris Jemmett 3.

Ht 2. Kris Jemmett 1, Harkness 2, Ben Smith 3

Feature. Hay 1, Harkness 2, Mason 3.

¼ Midgets

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

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

Feature. Clive 1, Bradley 2, Jack Low 3.

Excellent track conditions at City South Van Spares Ruapuna Speedway produced fast closing racing on Saturday evening. Jamie Duff had the ideal build up for the New Zealand Sprintcar title which will be contested in Palmerton North later this month when winning the Canterbury championship, from Matt Honeywell and Daniel Anderson.

Duff who does most of his racing in the North Island finished second behind his younger brother, Steve Duff junior in the opening heat with Anderson of Te Anau third. Ashburton’s Honeywell took out the second heat from Jamie Duff with Ray Baughan in third place.

In the 15 lap Feature which saw the top six scorers inverted meaning top scorer Jamie Duff had to start of grid six. Honeywell made the most of his front row start and lead out from Anderson with Lindsay Gilbert in third place with Duff quickly moving into four place by the end of the opening lap. Duff then accounted for Gilbert on the next lap before passing Anderson on lap five, with Anderson having opened up a handy 80 metre lead.

Over the next five laps this gap slowly closed with Duff right on Honeywell’s tail with five laps to race with Duff managing to get his nose in front two laps later only for Honeywell to regain the lead on the next turn. Duff finally blasted by Honeywell on the outside going down the back straight and then quickly opening up a good lead with Honeywell having to close out Anderson on the final lap with Baughan in four place.

The Midgetcar section had their final hit out before Deno’s Towing New Zealand title which will be raced at Ruapuna in the 20/21 February with the running of Round three of the Southern Series. Series leader Nevil Basalaj had a horror night with cars issues failing to finish a race all evening which left Nick Marquet also from Nelson to take out the round. Newly crowned South Island champion, Glenn Everett won the opening heat from the fast finishing Dave Kerr, with Dunedin’s Gavin Wilkie third, with Marquet in sixth place.

Both Kerr and Everett failed to finish the next heat when both rolling their cars in separate incidents which saw Glen Durie take the chequered flag from Marquet and Brian Fridd. In the Feature Marquet took the lead from early leader, Steve McCallum on lap six and then had a great dice with Wilkie with the two locked together right up to the race finish with Durie third from Fridd and Graham Sharp.

The closed finish of the night come in the TQ Feature when Liam McCoubrey had to fight of a late challenge from Andrew Marker who was debuting his new car. Marker has earlier claimed a third and a win in the heats and closed right up on McCoubrey on the final laps with the two cousins locked together when racing to the finish line with McCoubrey holding on to win by just over a tenth of a season.

Ben Gilmore was the pick of the Modified Sprint class with two wins, including the Feature plus a second behind Kevin Clive in the opening heat. Clive was second in the Feature with Invercargill’s Ray Phillips third. Grant Harkness was standout in the Six Shooter class with a win in the Feature along with two seconds in the heats. Nelson’s Jayden Bradley was unbeaten in the ¼ Midgetcar class.  

Race Results – Competitors from Christchurch Unless Stated

Sprintcars

Canterbury Championship

Ht 1. Steve Duff Junior 1, Jamie Duff 2, Daniel Anderson (Te Anau) 3.  

Ht 2. Matt Honeywell (Ashburton) 1, Jamie Duff 2, Ray Baughan 3.

Feature. Duff 1, Honeywell 2, Anderson 3.

Midgetcars

Equus/Oxford Motor Court Southern Midget Series – Round 3

Ht 1. Glenn Everett 1, Dave Kerr 2, Gavin Wilkie (Dunedin) 3.

Ht 2. Glen Durie 1, Nick Marquet (Nelson) 2, Brian Fridd 3.

Feature. Marquet 1, Wilkie 2, Durie 3.

Three Quarter Midgets

Ht 1. Lindsay Bailey 1, Scott Bailey 2, Andrew Marker 3.

Ht 2. Marker 1, Liam McCoubrey 2, Gareth Nixon 3.

Feature. McCoubrey 1, Marker 2, S Bailey 3.

Six Shooters

Ht 1. Todd Hay 1, Grant Harkness 2, Peter Keith 3. 

Ht 2. Kris Jemmett 1, Harkness 2, Jeremy Wright 3.

Feature. Harkness 1, Jemmett 2, Jason Mason 3.

Modified Sprints.

Ht 1. Kevin Clive 1, Ben Gilmore 2, James Doyle 3.

Ht 2. Gilmore 1, Ray Phillips (Invercargill) 2, Vernon McHaffie 3.  

Feature. Gilmore 1, Clive 2, Phillips 3.

¼ Midgets

Ht 1. Jayden Bradley (Nelson) 1, Montana Jamieson 2, Brad Clive 3. 

Hr2. Bradley 1, Jack Low 2, Ben Morgan 3. 

Feature. Bradley 1, Clive 2, Jamieson 3.

Jeremy Webb and Glenn Everett were the winners in their respective South Island Championships at City South Van Spares Ruapuna Speedway on Saturday evening. Webb extended his record run to four in a row in the Three Quarter Midget title from Matt Leversedge and Greymouth’s James Thompson with Glenn Everett claiming his maiden Midget title from Glen Durie and Brian Fridd.

Webb went into the 20 lap Feature of the Tigertint sponsored title second on points behind former NZ GP champion, Leversedge after the latter won two of the three heats with Webb taking out the other. Somewhat surprisingly Leversedge elected to start on the inside row of the front row giving Webb the outside start.

Webb powered to the lead from the green from Leveresedge with former titleholder Kyle Glover in third place. The two leaders opened up a handy lead as Glover became involved in a great dice with Liam McCoubrey. By the mid race point Webb was in control of the race leading by nearly a second with McCoubrey pressing Glover for third place.

Three laps later the leaders started to encounter lap traffic but this did not slow Webb down with the race going under caution with three laps to race after Glover and McCoubrey tangled coming out of the Stadium Car Prison bend seeing both roll and out of the title hunt.

On the restart Webb quickly opened up a lead going on to win by over a second from Leversedge, with another second back to Thompson, who was followed home by Tim Millar, Alicia McLauchlan (Nelson) who was impressive in what was her first SI champs, Lindsay Bailey, Kimberley Yeatman and Scott Bailey. Webb and his rivals will now set their sights on the NZ championships at Greymouth in February.

Everett’s win the Equus SI Midget title was not as clear cut as Webb’s. Everett and the defending title holder Nelson’s Nevil Basalaj each won a qualifying heat each to finish at the top of the points table to earn them a front row start. Everett took the early lead by Basalaj running wide passed Everett coming out of turn four to leading after the opening lap from Durie, Tom Lumsden and Fridd. Six time title holder, Dave Kerr suffered engine problem in the heats had to start near the back of the field and quickly moved though the 16 car field and was in sixth place on lap 5 and in fourth place two laps later.

On lap eleven Basalaj’s motor went off song and stopped forcing retirement with Everett back in front. Everett quickly opened up a good lead on the restart from Durie with Kerr moving by Lumsden to claim third place and then accounted for Durie on lap fourteen. Just when it looked like Kerr may eat into Everett’s lead the motor blew with four laps to race. On the restart Everett was again incontrol from Durie with Nathan Blomquist briefly holding third place from Fridd before Fridd reclaimed the spot on the next lap with the placing’s unchanged until the finish with Blomquist fourth in his rokkie season from Dunedin’s Gavin Wilkie, Lumsden, Brian Barclay, and Nick Marquet (Nelson).

Kris Jemmett was undefeated in the Six Shooter class, with Paul Anderson and Nic Case picking up two wins in the first outing of the sidecars this season with the ¼ Midget section again producing close racing with Nelson Jayden Bradley claiming two wins with Brad Clive taking out the Feature.

Race Results – Competitors from Christchurch Unless Stated

Equus South Island Championships

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

Ht 2. Nevil Basalaj (Nelson) 1, Glen Durie 2, Everett 3.

Qualfying Points: Everett 32, Basalaj 31, Lumsden 30, Durie 28, Barclay 22, Blair Bertram (Auckland) 22, Blomquist 22, Fridd 22, Steve McCallum 17, Graham Sharp 15, Wilkie 15, John Mabbett (Nelson) 14, Fraser Dunsmire 11, Kerr 4, Marquart 0, Nathan Roberts 0, Dion Rochford 0.

Feature. Everett 1, Durie 2, Brian Fridd 3, Nathan Blomquist 4,

Three Quarter Midgets

Tiger Tint South Island Championship

Ht 1. Matt Leversedge 1, Ben Gilmore 2, Alicia McLaughlan (Nelson) 3.

Ht 2. Jeremy Webb 1, Liam McCoubrey 2, Scott Bailey 3.

Ht 3. Leveresedge 1, Webb 2, Glover 3.

Qualifying Points: Leversedge 71, Webb 68, Glover 56, Sean Brown (Greymouth) 53, McCoubrey 53, James Thompson 52, Daniel Jenkins 51, S Bailey 51, Tim Millar 45, Gavin Chappell 42, McLaughlan 42, Lindsay Bailey 41, Daniel McKinlay 41, Kimberlay Yeatman 39, Charles Gardiner 37, Atama Holland (Greymouth) 34, Matt Davison 33, Brett Booth 28, Gilmore 24, Ryan Chapman 20, Gareth Nixon 14, Jemma Wilson 12, Mark Morris 8, James Graham 8, Gareth Bindon 0.

Final. Webb 1, Leversedge 2, Thompson (Greymouth) 3, Millar 4, McLaughlan 5, Bailey 6, Yeatman 7, S Bailey 8, Booth 9, Gardiner 10.

Ht 2. Jemmett 1, Peter Keith 2, Jason Corboy 3.

Feature. Jemmett 1, Jeremy Wright 2, Spooner 3.

¼ Midgets

Ht 1. Jayden Bradley 1, Jack Low 2, Montana Jamieson 3.

Ht 2. Bradley 1, Brad Clive 2, Jamieson 3.

Feature. Clive 1, Jamieson 2, Bradley 3.

Sidecars

Ht 1. Bevan Nuttridge / Dylan Fox 1, Brett Moyle / Karl Haddock 2, Paul Anderson / Nic Case 3.

Ht 2. Anderson / Case 1, Moyle / Haddock 2, Nuttridge / Fox 3.

Final. Anderson / Case 1, Nuttridge / Dylan Fox 2, Gary Stalker / Stephen Burrows 3.

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