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Duff Dominates Opening Round of Hydraulink War of the Wings Sprintcar Series

Jamie Duff made the perfect start to the opening round of the Hydraulink War of the Wings Sprintcar Series at the Racecourse Hotel and Motorlodge Ruapuna Speedway, on Saturday evening with a dominating performance winning the 25 Lap Feature with ease as well as blitzing his rivals in his two heats. The former New Zealand champion was a clear winner in the Feature from Luke Keegan and Sam O’Callaghan.

Duff, who has campaigned out of Auckland in recent series has never won the $60,000 WoW South Island wide series due to missing several rounds but he has thrown down the gauntlet to his rivals showing that he can win races from the back, passing his rivals with seeming ease and once in front had too much pace for the rest of the field.

With two heat wins, the second from the back, Duff went into the Feature as the top points scorer and started on the front row alongside Keegan, who had a second can a third in his heats. Duff quickly opened up a lead which increased with each lap and such was his dominance he was starting to lap rivals on the fifth lap and by lap 13 when the first caution came out after Shaun Ashton spun out and tipped over, Duff had lapped half the field.

Two more caution’s came out during the race which closed the field up but on the restart Duff quickly pulled clear going on to win by nearly three seconds over the final five laps. Keegan showed his class when holding off several challengers from Ben Gilmore, who won the opening heat, with Keegan’s smooth fast style likely to make him among the favourites for the next round at his former home track at Woodford Glen. Over the closing laps Gilmore was passed by O’Callaghan with Gilmore when holding out the fast finishing Matt Honeywell, who is a former winner of the WoW series.

Jeremy Webb was impressive when debuting his recent acquired midget car, going through the meeting unbeaten. Webb took out both the heats, leading home Glen Durie on both occasions and then lead home Durie in the Feature with Gary Chadwick finally getting the better of Dunedin’s Gavin Wilkie over the closing laps to claim third place.

Kate Warren again lived up to her ’Queen of the Clay’ title when dominating in the Modified Sprint class. Warren was untroubled to take out both heats and then claimed back to back Feature win this season when leading from the opening lap and was never challenged. Courtney Jones and Charlie Jackson had a great dice for the minor placings over the opening laps with Jones going on to claim second place by a handy margin.

As usual the Three Quarter midget car class proved to be very competitive with Kimberley Yeatman and Liam McCoubrey each claiming a heat win with McCoubrey clearing out to take the Feature win with Kyle Glover claiming his third second place of the evening from Tyler Warnock.

Kris Jemmett made it two Feature wins on end, in his Six Shooter from Daryl Wright and Jason Manson with Jemmett and Manson also claim a heat win. I the development quarter midget class Jayden Bradley claimed both heat wins but had to settle for second in the final behind Jack Nairn who tight driving line on the pole-line proved difficult to pass.
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Race Results – (Competitors from Christchurch Unless Stated)
Sprintcars - Round 1 Hydraulink $60,000 War of the Wings Series
Ht 1. Ben Gilmore 1, Daniel Anderson (Te Anau) 2, Luke Keegan 3.
Ht 2. Jamie Duff 1, Matt Honeywell 2, Sam O’Callaghan (Cromwell) 3.
Ht 3. Jason Scott (Cromwell) 1, O’Callaghan 2, Shaun Ashton 3.
Ht 4. Duff 1, Keegan 2, Paddy North (Blenheim) 3.
B Main. Steve Sullivan (Nelson) 1, Jackson Lovelady 2, Jason Smith (Nelson) 3
Feature. Duff 1, Keegan 2, O‘Callaghan 3, Gilmore 4, Honeywell 5, Brett Sullivan (Nelson) 6.
Midgets
Ht 1. Jeremy Webb 1, Glen Durie 2, Gary Chadwick 3.
Ht 2. Webb 1, Durie 2, Gavin Wilkie (Dunedin) 3.
Feature. Webb 1, Durie 2, Chadwick 3.
Three Quarter Midgets
Ht 1. Kimberley Yeatman 1, Tyler Warnock 2, Kyle Glover 3.
Ht 2. Liam McCoubrey 1, Glover 2, Daniel McKinley 3.
Feature. McCoubrey 1, Glover 2, Warnock 3.
Modified Sprints
Ht 1. Kate Warren 1, Charlie Jackson, Clayton Phillips 3.
Ht 2. Warren 1, Jackson 2, Courtney Jones 3.
Feature. Warren 1, Jones 2, Jackson 3.
Six Shooters
Ht 1. Jason Manson 1, Daryl Wright 2, Peter Keith 3.
Ht 2. Kris Jemmett 1, Andrew Gregge 2, Keith 3.
Feature. Jemmett 1, Wright 2, Manson 3.
Quarter Midgets
Ht 1. Jayden Bradley (Nelson) 1, Montana Jamieson 2, Cameron Sidaway 3.
Ht 2. Bradley 1, Jamieson 2, Oscar Harcourt 3.
Final. Jack Nairn 1, Bradley 2, Harcourt 3.

Last Updated: 21 November 2016

The Racecourse Hotel and Motorlodge Ruapuna Speedway roared back into life with the opening meeting of the new season on Saturday evening with good fields which lead to some excellent racing.
The race of the night was perhaps the midgetcar feature with the race only being decided on the final lap with Tom Lumsden taking the chequered flag by centimetres from Glen Durie with Scott Bailey third.
Lumsden who had earlier won the second heat, took the early lead in the feature, choosing the wide racing line with Durie running on the pole-line, with the two locked together for the opening half of the race. On lap seven Durie took a narrow lead with Lumsden never more than several cars length in arrears with Bailey in third waiting for the leaders to make a mistake.
Going into the final two laps Durie and Lumsden were racing side by side with Lumsden making one last attempt to pass coming out of the Stadium Cars Prison bend for the final time with the cars locked together at the flag with Lumsden just denying Durie the win. Glenn Everett started the evening well for the Everett Racing Team, who are celebrating 50 years racing at Ruapuna this season by starting out the opening heat but then crashed out of the next heat with hooking a wheel going into the CJ Phillips Construction Town bend sending the car into a series of high flips.
A bumper field of 19 sprintcars took to the track with former New Zealand champion, Jamie Duff starting and ending the night on a winning note. Duff headed the field home in the opening heat from Blenheim’s Paddy North and Matt Honeywell. Jason Smith (Nelson) took out the next heat for former national modified titleholder, Luke Keegan, with Duff third. Nelson’s Kris Gerard claimed the win in the next heat from the fast finishing Daniel Anderson (Te Anau) and Honeywell.
Duff dominated the feature leading from start to finish, heading home Honeywell and Smith. Duff’s car had too much speed for the field and even several cautions lights during the race could not holt his diminance as he quickly opened-up a handy margin each time the race resumed at pace. Keegan, in his first season in a sprintcar had a great dice with Ben Gilmore for the first half of the race, for fourth and fifth place with Keegan claiming a fourth place just ahead of Gilmore.
Jeremy Webb claimed a heat win and the feature in the Three Quarter Midget class, Webb, who will slso race his newly acquired midget car in coming weeks headed home Kyle Glover and Daniel McKinlay in the feature with Alicia McLaughlan (Nelson) claiming the other heat win.
Only a relegation prevented Kate Warren making it a clean sweep in the Modified Sprint class. Winning the opening heat before relegated two places in the next heat leaving Clayton Phillips with the win from Jayden Fraser (Invercargill) and Warren third. Warren was untroubled when dominating the feature to win from Courtney Jones with Caleb Baughan third.
Kris Jemmett and Pete Keith claimed a heat win the the Six Shooters with Jemmett winning the feature from Daryl Wright and Gene Spooner. Bean Nuttridge and Ricky Pubben were in a class of their own when winning all of their sidecar races with ease with Nelson’s Jayden Bradley doing the same in the Quarter Midget class.
Race Results - Competitors from Christchurch unless stated


Sprintcars
Ht 1. Jamie Duff 1, Paddy North (Blenheim) 2, Matt Honeywell 3.
Ht 2. Jason Smith 1, Luke Keegan 2, Duff 3.
Ht 3. Kris Gerard (Nelson) 1, Daniel Anderson (Te Anau) 2, Matt Honeywell 3.
Feature. Duff 1, Honeywell 2, Smith 3.


Midgets
Ht 1. Glenn Everett 1, Dion Rochford 2, Nevil Basalaj (Nelson) 3.
Ht 2. Tom Lumsden 1, Shane Clarke 2, Glen Durie 3.
Feature. Lumsden 1, Durie 2, Scott Bailey 3.


Three Quarter Midgets
Ht 1. Jeremy Webb 1, Tyler Warnock 2, Daniel McKinlay 3.
Ht 2. Alicia McLaughan (Nelson) 1, Tim Millar 2, Kyle Glover 3.
Feature. Webb 1, Glover 2, McKinlay 3.


Modified Sprints
Ht 1. Kate Warren 1, Caleb Baughan 2, Courtney Jones 3.
Ht 2. Clayton Phillips 1, Jayden Fraser 2, Warren 3.
Feature. Warren 1, Jones 2, Baughan 3.


Six Shooters
Ht 1. Kris Jemmett 1, Daryl Wright 2, Ben Smit 3.
Ht 2. Peter Keith 1, Andrew Gregge 2, Gene Spooner 3.
Feature. Jemmett 1, Wright 2, Spooner 3.


Sidecars
Ht 1. Bevan Nuttridge/Ricky Pubben 1,Ben Morris/Craig Muir 2, Pete Stephens/D Muir 3.
Ht 2. Nuttridge/Pubben 1, Morris/Muir 2, Stephens/Muir 3.
Final. Nuttridge/Pubben 1, Stephens/Muir 2, Morris/Muir 3.


Quarter Midgets
Race 1. Jayden Bradley (Nelson) 1, Oscar Harcourt 2, Montana Jamieson 3.
Race 2. Bradley 1, Jamieson 2, Harcourt 3.
Final. Bradley 1, Jamieson 2, A Forsey 3.

Last Updated: 07 November 2016
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