Te Anau’s Daniel Anderson, was in dominating form at the opening meeting of the new season at The Racecouse Hotel and Motorlodge Ruapuna Speedway on Saturday evening when going unbeaten in the sprintcar class to claim the King of Clay title.
It is over a 1200km road trip for Anderson and his crew to race in Christchurch and they were rewarded when Anderson easily claimed victory in first of his two heats, and then impressed when coming from near the back of the field to take the chequered flag in his second heat, from Matt Honeywell and ‘rookie’ Jayden Dodge. Former national champion, Jamie Duff, claimed the win in the third heat, after earlier failing to finish in his other heat race.
Anderson was never seriously challenged in the 25 lap Feature, leading out from the green flag from Honeywell with Duff quickly moving in to third place. Honeywell and Duff then were locked in a great dice for second and third place, with the two swapping positions several times which allowed Anderson to open-up a handy lead.
On lap 17 Honeywell went wide which allowed Luke Keegan to move into third place and on the next lap accounted for Duff to claim second spot. The following lap a multi car incident saw both Duff and Honeywell retire to the infield. Anderson was untroubled to open-up a lead from the restart to take out the race was Keegan and Ben Gilmore. Anderson will make the long trip next Saturday for the opening round of the Hydraulink $100,000 War of the Wing Series.
The midgetcar class turned in class fast racing with Glen Durie and Tom Lumsden each claiming a heat win before the two battled it out in the Feature. Lumsden lead out from the start but had to hold off a late charged from Durie with Gary Chadwick claiming a hat-trick of third placings for the meeting. Twenty-one three quarter midgetcars took to the track with Nelson’s Alicia Mclauchan winning the first heat with Jeremy Webb taking out the next heat. Webb then backed up to take out a closely fought the Feature from Kyle Glover and Liam McCoubrey.
Ben Gilmore and Verdon McHaffie were the pick of the Modified Sprint drive each claiming a win and a second place in the heats with Gilmore holding out McHaffie in the Feature with Bredan Daly in third place.
It was a similar pattern in the Six Shooter class was Daryl Wright and Jamie Duff each had a win and a second placing in the heats with Duff taking out the Feature from Wright and Andrew Gregge.
The development quarter midget class was keenly contest with Oscar Harcourt, Dylan Forsey and Cameron Sidaway each claiming a victory with the trio then sharing around the minor placings in their other runs.
Race Results – (Competitors for Christchurch region unless stated) King of the Clay Sprintcars Ht 1. Daniel Anderson (Te Anau) 1, Jason Manson 2, Steve Duff jun. 3. Ht 2. Anderson 1, Matt Honeywell (Ashburton) 2, Jayden Dodge 3. Ht 3. Jamie Duff 1, Jason Smith (Nelson) 2, Shaun Ashton 3. Feature. Anderson 1, Luke Keegan 2, Ben Gilmore 3.
Midgetcars Ht 1. Glen Durie 1, Scott Millar 2, Gary Chadwick 3. Ht 2. Tom Lumsden 1, Gavin Wilkie (Dunedin) 2, Chadwick 3. Feature. Lumsden 1, Durie 2, Chadwick 3.
Three Quarter Midgetcars Ht 1. Alicia Mclauchan (Nelson) 1, Kyle Glover 2, Luke Dilworth (Nelson) 3. Ht 2. Jeremy Webb 1, Liam McCoubrey 2, Daniel Jenkins 3. Feature. Webb 1, Glover 2, McCoubrey 3.
Modified Sprints Ht 1. Verdon McHaffie 1, Ben Gilmore, Clayton Phillips 3 Ht 2. Gilmore 1, McHaffie 2, Brendan Daly 3. Feature. Gilmore 1, McHaffie 2, Daly 3.
Six Shooters Ht 1. Daryl Wright 1, Jamie Duff 2, Andrew Gregge 3. Ht 2. Duff 1, Wright 2, Ben Smit 3. Feature. Duff 1, Wright 2, Gregge 3.
Quarter Midgetcars Race 1. Oscar Harcourt 1, Dylan Forsey 2, Cameron Sidaway 3. Race 2. Forsey 1, Sidaway 2, Harcourt 3. Final. Sidaway 1, Forsey 2, Harcourt 3.