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The format of the Salute to Goodie Sprintcar Feature raced at City South Van Spares Ruapuna Speedway produced a pulsating finish as Te Anau’s Daniel Anderson became the first back to back winner of the trophy as the chasing pack looked set to catch Anderson on final laps, with New Zealand Test members, Jamie McDonald and Dean Brindle filling second and third place with 5 seconds separating the first 7 cars at the chequered flag.

The Royce Clive Engineering sponsored event saw the highest point scorers start at the back of the Feature, rather than the normal front of the field with the top points scorer then choosing who would fill the next grid and so forth. A second and a win saw Daniel Rogers (Auckland) as the top scorer with other heats wins going to Skinny Colson (Tauranga) and local Jamie Duff and as expected the ‘named drivers found themselves starting near the back with somewhat surprisingly Anderson win last season somehow being by overlooked by most of his sixteen rivals which saw the him start on grid four with rookie Steve Duff junior starting on grid 1.

It was Duff junior that lead the field from the ‘green’ with Anderson in second place by the end of lap one. Duff junior then opened up clear lead from Anderson as several different drivers held third place by the end of the lap fifth with Brindle and McDonald the first of the back makers to make move with Brindle in sixth place on lap nine and up to fourth two laps later behind Matt Honeywell. Third.

Two lap later Duff junior’s lead had all but gone as he and Anderson raced side by side for two laps with the raced then going under caution after Caleb Brooks spun coming out of the CJ Phillips Town bend. On the restart Anderson took the lead in the front straight and quickly opened up what looked to be racing winning lead as the Brindle, McDonald, Jamie Duff and Jamie Larsen (Palmerston North) continued their charge to the front of the field.

Third were three more cautions before the final lap, including one caused by Rogers getting out of sharp and causing Shaun Aston’s car to roll on the Stadium Car Prison bend. The final caution came with two laps to run with Anderson’s leading with two laps cars between McDonald and Brindle, followed by the Duff’s. McDonald and Bridle using the wide line quickly accounted for the laps cars on the penultimate lap and closed right up on Anderson but Anderson held in nerve two record a deserved win, the McDonald leading the freight training home from Bridle, Jamie Duff, Steve Duff jr, Larsen and Colson.

The Midget Feature also saw heat winners Dave Kerr and Glenn Everett battle it lap after lap with Kerr going on to record a narrow. Jeremy Webb and Matt Leversedge were the stand outs in the TQ class with Webb following Leversedge home in the opening heat before winning the next heat and the Feature from Leversedge. Vernon McHaffie secured two wins in his Modified Sprint with Peter Keith taking out the Edge Parts and Performance Trophy Challenge from Todd Hay and Kirk Hawkins.

Race Results – Competitors from Christchurch Unless Stated

Sprintcars

Royce Clive Engineering Salute To Goodie

Ht 1. Skinny Colson (Tauranga) 1, Dean Brindle (Auckland) 2, Jamie Larsen (Auck.) 3.

Ht 2. Jamie Duff 1, Daniel Rogers (Auck.) 2, Brindle 3.

Ht 3. Rogers 1, Shaun Ashton 2, Ray Baughan 3.

Feature. Daniel Anderson (Te Anau) 1, McDonald 2, Brindle 3, J Duff 4, Steve Duff Jr 5, Larsen 6, Colson 7, Matt Honeywell 8, Kerry Barlett 9, Kyle Shearing (Invercargill) 10.

Ht 1. Dave Kerr 1, Glenn Everett 2, Garry Chadwick 3.

Ht 2. Everett 1, Kerr 2, Brian Fridd 3.

Feature. Kerr 1, Everett 2, Fridd 3.

Three Quarter Midgets

Ht 1. Matt Leversedge 1, Jeremy Webb 2, Gareth Nixon 3.

Ht 2. Webb 1, Leversedge 2, Ben Gilmore 3.

Feature. Webb 1, Leversedge 2, Gilmore 3.

Extra Race. Matt Davison 1 Liam McCourbrey 2, Alisha McLauchlan (Nelson) 3. , Modified Sprints

Ht 1. Vernon McHaffie 1, Ben Gilmore 2, Brendon Daly 3.

Ht 2. Gilmore 1, B Daly 2, Allan Daly 3.

Feature. McHaffie 1, Gilmore 2, B Daly 3.

Six Shooters – Trophy Challenge

Ht 1. Todd Hay 1, Matt Doncliff 2, Kirk Hawkins 3.

Ht 2. Peter Keith 1, Jason Corboy 2, Ben Smit 3

Feature. Jason Manson 1, Keith 2, James Robinson (Dunedin) 3.

Overall Placings: Keith 1st, Hay 2nd, Hawkins 3rd.

Last Updated: 16 January 2015

Auckland’s Jamie McDonald took out a trilling win in the CJ Phillips Construction Sprintcar Gold Cup at City South Van Spares Ruapuna Speedway on Saturday evening. McDonald from Auckland has been coming south for a number of years for the Gold Cup and finally nailed a win in the iconic event raced over 25 laps.

McDonald’s car came on strongly over the final stages with his set up suiting the lower line after local Jamie Duff had lead the 20 car Feature on the green from Dean Brindle (Auckland), Jamie Larsen (Palm. North) the defending Gold Cup holder, Daniel Eggleton (Auck) and McDonald. Brindle dropped several spots when clipping the wall on lap three.

Duff continued to set an electric pace and at one stage had opened up a fifty metre using the high line. By lap 15 Larsen, also running the high line had closed right on Duff with McDonald now in third place. After several cautions over the closing laps McDonald inched by Larsen coming out of the Town bend and then took the lead going by the start finish line, with Brindle also passing Larsen and Duff to take second place. Larsen then got by Duff with a lap to run with Duff coming back on the final lap to claim third place over all from McDonald and Brindle.

In the heats Brindle set a new 12 lap record of 2 minutes 44.82 when winning the opening heat with Eggleton and Duff also claiming a heat win with the changing track conditions catching several drivers out during the evening watch saw several cars roll but damage was minimal with most cars likely to be auction for the Salute to Goodie on Wednesday evening and the NZ GP next Saturday.

In the support racing Dunedin’s James Robinson took out the Canterbury Six Shooter title from Grant Harkess and Matt Doncliff with just five points between the top four. Jeremey Webb continued impress in the TQ section with the Feature win as well as two heats wins, with Gareth Nixon second on the Feature and a claiming a won and a second on the heats. The racing in the midget class was very even with three different winners with Nelson’s Nevil Basalaj and Glenn Everett in the heats and Nathan Blomquist winning his debut Feature. In the ¼ midget class Nelson Jayden Bradley was second to Montana Jamieson in the opening heat but then come back to win the next heat and the Feature.

Race Results – Competitors from Christchurch Unless Stated

Sprintcars

Gold Cup

Ht 1. Dean Brindle (Auck) 1, Jamie Larsen (Palm. North) 2, Jamie Duff 3.

Ht 2. Daniel Eggleton (Auck) 1, Daniel Rogers (Auck) 2, Dean Brindle 3.

Ht 3.Duff 1, Jamie McDonald 2, Kerry Barlett (Ashburton) 3.

25 Lap Feature McDonald 1, Brindle 2,Duff 3, Larsen 4, Eggleton 5, Barlett 6, Steve Thompson 7, Skinny Colson 8, Matt Honeywell (Rakaia) 9, Kris Gerard (Nelson) 10.

Midgets

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

Ht 2. Glenn Everett 1, Durie 2, Basalaj 3.

Feature. Nathan Blomquist 1, Everett 2, Tom Lumsden 3.

Three Quarter Midgets

Ht 1. Jeremy Webb 1, Liam McCoubrey 2, James Thompson (Greymouth) 3.

Ht 2. Tim Millar 1, Gareth Nixon 2, Daniel McKinlay 3.

Ht 3. Webb 1, Thompson 2, Scott Bailey 3.

Ht 4. Nixon 1, Millar 2, McKinlay 3.

Feature. Webb 1, Nixon 2, Thompson 3.

Six Shooters – Canterbury Championships

Ht 1. Todd Hay 1, Kirk Hawkins 2, Matt Doncliff 3.

Ht 2. James Robinson (Dunedin) 1, Grant Harkess 2, Peter Keith 3.

Feature. Keith 1, Robinson 2, Harkness 3.

Points: Robinson 29, Harkess 26, Doncliff 25, Keith 24, Jeremy Wright 18, Hay 17, Hawkins 16, Jason Mason & Johnny Able 11, Gene Spooner 17, Tania Ashton 6.

¼ Midgets

Ht 1. Montana Jamieson 1, Jayden Bradley (Nelson) 2, Ben Morgan 3.

Ht 2. Bradley 1, Morgan 2, Courtney Jones 3.

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

Last Updated: 16 January 2015
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