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The opening round of the Barry Butterworth Memorial Trophy Midge Car Serieswas contested at the Mag and Turbo Ruapuna Speedway on Saturday nightwith the 13 car strong field producing some excellent racing as the driverslooked to gain an early advantage in the series.Nelson’s Nevil ‘The Bullet’ Basalaj took out the opening heat after a titanicbattle with Nick Donaldson, who was making his return to the track aftermissing most of last season’s racing. Current South Island Championship,David Kerr, who finished in third place, was never far from the action, and hada great duel with Basalaj during the early laps. Nick Marquet (Nelson) thedefending series champion took out the second heat but was pressured all theway by Kerr with Dunedin’s Gavin Wilkie finishing third, from locals GrahamSharp and Glen Durie. Car problems forced Basalaj out of the race with fourlaps remaining while he was holding third place.Basalaj was back to winning form in the third and final heat after he passedthe hard charging Donaldson on lap three, however the slick racing surfacemade passing difficult and several drivers spun their cars while battling thewind affected track. Durie claimed second spot from Mike Moulin with Kerrfinally edging out Steve McCallum for fourth place.Kerr from Southbridge heads the points table on 33, with Durie three pointsadrift with Basalaj 26, heading a log jam mid pack with McCallum 25, Marquet24, Sharp 23 and Wilkie 21. Wilkie took out the Feature from McCallum andDonaldson. The Sprintcar racing was keenly contested with Matt Honeywell winning theopening heat from former cricketing Black Cap legend Nathan Astle. FormerInvercargill driver Brent Gaudion crossed the line in third. Ray Baughan wonthe next heat from Honeywell and Astle. Baughan continued his impressiveform to log his first feature race win of the season, heading home Gaudion andHoneywell. Astle had finished second but was relegated two places for jumping his starting position. There were five different winners in the Three Quarter Midget Car section withKate Warren, brother Blair, Ben Tiplady and Jeremy Webb all claiming heatwins with Gareth Bindon winning the Feature with Dick Webb second from hisson Jeremy.Sixteen Six Shooters took to the track producing racing right throughout thelarge field with Matt Anderson (Dunedin) and Andrew Marker claiming heatwins before Barton Dick of Dunedin took out the chequered flag in the Feature. The Harris family dominated the small Modified Sprint field with Darryl Harrisfinishing third and first in the two heats before having to settle for secondplace in the Feature behind his son Kieran Harris, with Jimmy Doyle in thirdplace. Doyle had also won a preliminary heat race.Newcomers Mike Warwood and Nick Chase won both sidecar events. BenMorgan was the pick of the Quarter Midget class winning two of the threeraces with Liam McCoubrey also having a good meeting with two seconds anda third.

Race Results (Competitors f rom Christchurch unless Stated)Midgets
Barry Butterworth Memorial Series – Round 1
Ht 1. Nevil Basalaj (Nelson) 1, Nick Donaldson 2, David Kerr 3.Ht 2. Nick Marquet (Nelson) 1, David Kerr 2, Gavin Wilkie (Dunedin) 3.Ht 3. Nevil Basalaj 1, Glen Durie 2, Michael Moulin 3.Points: Kerr 33, Durie 30, Basalaj 26, McCallum 25, Marquet 24, Sharp 23,Wilkie 21, Moulin 17, Everett 14, Donaldson 12, Chadwick 0, Brian Barclay 0,Scott Millar 0Feature. Wilkie 1, McCallum 2, Donaldson 3.
Ht 1. Matt Honeywell 1, Nathan Astle 2, Brent Gaudion 3.Ht 2. Ray Baughan 1, Honeywell 2, Astle 3.Feature. Baughan 1, Gaudion 2, Honeywell 3.
Three Quarter Midgets
Ht 1. Kate Warren 1, Marcus Doocey 2, Brian Fridd 3.Ht 2. Blair Warren 1, Lindsay Bailey 2, Kyle Glover 3.Ht 3. Ben Tiplady 1, Ben Gilmore 2, Blair Warren 3.Ht 4. Jeremy Webb 1, K Warren 2, Rachel Melrose 3.Feature. Gareth Bindon 1, Dick Webb 2, J Webb 3.
Modified Sprints
Ht 1. Jimmy Doyle 1, Josh Wells 2, Darryl Harris 3.Ht 2. D Harris 1, Kieran Harris 2, Josh Wells 3.Feature. K Harris 1, D Harris 2, Doyle 3.
Six Shooters
Ht 1. Matt Anderson(Dunedin) 1, Todd Hay (Invercargill) 2, Barton Dick(Dunedin) 3.Ht 2. Andrew Marker 1, Ben Smit 2, Kieran Stevens (Cromwell) 3.Feature. Dick 1, Kurt Hawkins 2, Shaun Ashton 3.
Quarter Midgets
Ht 1. Jayden Bradley (Nelson) 1, Liam McCoubrey 2, Jay Basalaj 3 (Nelson) 3.

Ht 2. Ben Morgan 1, McCoubrey 2, Hunter Rowland 3.Feature. Morgan 1, Brad Shearman 2 McCourbrey 3.
Ht 1. Mike Warwood/Nick Chase , Lester Schroder/Simon Bryant (Blenheim) 2,Clint Warwood/Paul Auton 3.Ht 2. Warwood/Auton 1, Warwood/Chase 2.


Last Updated: 13 October 2014

Nelson’s Greg Teece took out the opening round of the General Tyres War of the WingsSprintcar series at Mag and Turbo Ruapuna Speedway on Saturday evening. Teecetook out the win from local Matt Honeywell with Cromwell’s Jason Scott in third place.The meeting, the first of the new season almost did not take place as a violent electricalstorm hit the track just before 6pm and the result heavy downpour left the track under water but the competitors decided to race and after the track was ‘wheel packed’ theracing started over an hour late.The War of the Wings saw 20 V’8 sprintcars start in the opening round of the $60,000 -ten round series that will take in seven tracks throughout the South Island.Teece, aformer rally car driver, made a steady start to the meeting when he finished in fifth placein his opening heat, and then claimed two third placing in his remaining heats. Ashburton's Matt Honeywell and Palmerston North driver Bryan Menefy were the stand-outs in the heat racing, both taking out two wins, with the other heat wins going toDaniel Anderson (Cromwell) and Southbridge racer Lindsay Gilbert.Going into the 20 lap Feature Menefy was top scorers and started on the outside of front row alongside Scott, with Teece on the next row. Scott made a mistake on theopening turn which allowed Menefy to jump clear with Teece moving into second placeby the end of the first lap, from Ray Baughan and Scott. With Menefy controlling therace and Teece in a comfortable second place, a great dice developed for third placebetween Baughan, Scott and Honeywell over the first half of the race, with positioningswapping several times. Up the front Teece was slowly closing in on Menefy as theleaders weaved their way past lapped cars. With six laps remaining Menefy crossed uptoo far coming out of the Town Bend, almost spinning only to be straightened by Teece,causing Teece’s car to stall. Officials first put Teeece to the back of the field but thenaltered their ruling which saw Teece restart at the front and Menefy being moved to theback as the prime cause.Teece come under pressure from Honeywell over the closing laps, but the Nelson driver held one to record an impressive win with Scott just holding out the hard chargingBaughan for third place. The series now moves north for a double header next weekendat Blenheim and Nelson. A large field of Three Quarter Midget cars provided plenty of action, including severalrolls, with the closing racing seeing eight different drivers finishing in the up three of their three heat. Teenager Matt Leversedge won the opening heat, with Atama Hollandthe next with Gareth Brindon, the only driver to claim two top three placings winning theFeature from Marcus Doocey and Kate Warren.

With the New Zealand Midget title being raced at Ruapuna in January, Glen Durie had agood meeting recording a win and a third in the heats before claiming victory in theFeature where he headed home Dunedin’s Gavin Wilkie and Glenn Everett.Kieran Harris and Joss Walls were the pick of the modified drivers, each taking a winwith the Quarter Midget field producing closing racing with Liam McCoubrey and Hunter Rowland dominating the racing.

Race Results (Competitors from Christchurch unless stated)
SprintcarsGeneral Tyres War of Wings Round 1
Ht 1. Matt Honeywell 1, Jason Scott (Cromwell) 2, Nathan Astle 3.Ht 2. Daniel Anderson (Cromwell) 2, Brent Gaudion 2, Ray Baughan 3.Ht 3. Bryan Menefy (P. North) 1, Kris Gerard (Nelson) 2, Greg Teece (Nelson) 3.Ht 4. Lindsay Gilbert 1, Mark Evans (Cromwell) 2, Baughan 3.Ht 5. Menefy 1, Scott 2, Teece 3.Ht 6. Honeywell 1, Greg Clemence 2, Anderson 3.Qualifying Points: Menefy 27, Scott 25, Anderson 24, Teece 22, Mark Evans (Cromwell)21, Baughan 20, Clemence 20, Honeywell 20, Caleb Brooks 16, Astle 15, Gilbert 14,Brett Sullivan (Nelson) 12, Gaudion 9, Gareth Thomas 9, Gerard 9, Andy Erskine(Cromwell) 9, Allan Chapman 6, Myles Wederall 5, Barry Low 0, Anthony Dawson 0.Feature. Teece 1, Honeywell 2, Scott 3, Baughan 4, Anderson 5, Astle 6. Erkine 7,Clemence 8, Evans 9, Menefy 10.
Ht 1. Glen Durie 1, Graham Sharpe 2, Scott Millar 3.Ht 2. Gavin Wilkie (Dunedin) 1, Glen Everett 2, Glen Durie 3.Feature. Durie 1, Wilkie 2, Everett 3.
Three Quarter Midgets
Div 2. Matt Leversedge 1, Gareth Bindon 2, Sean Brown (Greymouth) 3.Div 1. Atama Holland (Greymouth) 1, Kyle Glover 2, Mark Morris 3.Feature. Bindon 1, Marcus Doocey 2, Kate Warren 3.
Modified Sprints
Ht 1. Kieran Harris 1, Nigel Jackson 2, Josh Walls 3.Ht 2. Walls 1, Harris 2, Jackson 3.
Quarter Midgets
Race 1. Liam McCoubrey 1, Brad Shearman 2, Jack Low 3.Race 2. Hunter Rowland 1, McCoubrey 2, Shearman 3.Feature. Rowland 1, McCoubrey 2, Shearman 3.

Last Updated: 13 October 2014