Season Finale at Teretonga

Published: Thu 17 Mar 2016 10:00 AM
Season Finale at Teretonga
The final race meeting of the season takes place at Teretonga Park in Invercargill on Sunday.
Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans Saloons, Pre 65 Saloons, NZ Six Saloons, Sports & Racing Cars and the annual A1 Auto Services One Hour Race will feature on a motor racing programme presented by Downer.
Brian Scott of Dunedin in his supercharged Corvette will be hard to beat in the Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans Saloon races. However local drivers Liam MacDonald (Ford Falcon), Inky Tulloch (Honda Integra) and Jason Crosbie (Fiat 124 turbo) plus Adam Cullen of Dunedin in a Nissan Skyline GTR will be chasing hard. The appearance of former National Formula Ford Champion and Toyota Racing Series race winner Jamie Conroy in the Nathan Pilcher Holden Commodore V8 will be watched with interest. Add in the fact that the superb field of Clubmans cars will feature battles throughout the field and top notch racing is assured.
The Pre 65 Saloons return after appearing at the February meeting at the circuit. On that occasion Dunedin drivers Paul Clarke in a Ford Mustang, Keith MacDonald in a Chevrolet Nova plus Wayne Patrick of Christchurch in a Ford XP Falcon and Invercargill driver Wayne Tuffley in another Mustang were all prominent as was the other Southlander in the field John Smolenski.
The NZ Six Saloons are now split into a Trophy Class for the more modern AU Falcon's and Cup Class for the older EA/EB Falcon's and VN/VP Commodores. The current New Zealand Trophy Class Champion Justin Ashwell of Rolleston leads the entries from NZ#2, Gore driver Russell Keeler and NZ#3 Chris Fraser of Lyttleton. Ashwell also holds a healthy lead in the South Island Championship. Meanwhile in the Cup Class current South Island Series frontrunners, Wayne Christie of Christchurch (Falcon) and Murray Jack of Alexandra (Commodore) are the men to beat.
Many of the saloon car competitors from the various classes will also front for the One Hour Enduro at the end of the programme, a race that requires either a driver change or a pitstop where the driver runs around the car before resuming.
There are only a small number of entries in the Sports & Racing Car Class with Jordan Michels of Invercargill one of the men to beat in the Formula Renault.
Admission is just $15 for adults and children 14 and under accompanied by an adult are free.
The on track action commences at 9.00am.

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