Former TQ standout Matt Leversedge continues to impress in his €˜rookie' season in the sprintcar class when he claimed his second consecutive Sprintcar Feature win at Stadium Finance Ruapuna Speedway during the annual Value Car Fireworks meeting on Saturday evening. In what turned out to be the race of the meeting, Leversedge was rewarded after chasing Jason Smith over the entire 15 lap race to claim the lead on penultimate lap after lapped traffic played a part.
Smith also a sprintcar €˜rookie' after switching from the super stock class looked set to claim his maiden Feature after building up an early lead over Leversedge, at one stage the advantage was over two seconds but during the closing laps Leversedge's smooth driving style closed the gap and going into the CJ Phillips Construction Town bend for the final time Smith stayed on the high line and Leversedge dived down on the pole line which proved to be the correct decision as Smith path was blocked by a slower car with Leversedge taking the win from Nelson's Kris Gerard and Steve Sullivan with Smith dropping back to fifth after spinning out on the final turn.
Glenn Everett starred in the Midgetcar class winning all three races with Gary Chadwick claiming second place in each with Dave Kerr finally having some luck when finishing a race to claim third place in the Feature.
The Three Quarter Midget class was again very competitive with three different race winners with Jeremy Webb and Liam McCoubrey claiming a heat win with Scott Bailey awarded the Feature win ahead of Brett Booth and Daniel McKinlay after Webb has charged from mid pack to challenge for the lead only to roll in car on the Stadium Cars Prison bend to end the race early.
Caleb Baughan and Nelson's Nevil Basalaj each won a heat in their Modified Sprints with Baughan then claiming the checkered flag in the Feature with Vernon McHaffey and Basalaj having a great battle for the minor placings.
With the number of Six Shooter's increasing with each meeting racing was very tight with Corey McQuillen (Cromwell) winning the opening heat with Gene Spooner then tasting success before Jason Manson claimed the Feature from Spooner and Peter Keith.
Jack Low and Montana Jamieson were the standouts in the Quarter Midget class each with a heat win with Low heading home Jamieson in the Feature.
Results - Competitors from Christchurch Unless Stated
Sprintcars Ht 1. Brett Sullivan (Nelson) 1, Matt Leversedge 2, Nathan Astle 3. Ht 2. Kris Gerard (Nelson) 1, Steve Sullivan (Nelson) 2, Jason Smith 3. Feature. Leversedge 1, Gerard 2, S Sullivan 3.
Midgetcars Ht 1. Glenn Everett 1, Gary Chadwick 2, Glen Durie 3. Ht 2. Everett 1, Chadwick 2, Gavin Wilkie (Dunedin) 3. Feature. Everett 1, Chadwick 2, Dave Kerr 3.
Three Quarter Midgets Ht 1. Jeremy Webb 1, Daniel McKinlay 2, Gareth Dixon 3. Ht 2. Liam McCoubrey 1, Webb 2, Tyler Warnock 3. Feature. Scott Bailey 1, Brent Booth 2, McKinlay 3
Modified Sprints Ht 1. Caleb Baughan 1, Vernon McHaffey 2, Courtney Jones 3 Ht 2. Nevil Basalaj (Nelson) 1, Jones 2, Kate Warren 3. Feature. Baughan 1, McHaffey 2, Basalaj 3.
Six Shooters. Ht 1. Corey McQuillen (Cromwell) 1, Ben Smit 2, Jason Manson 3. Ht 2. Gene Spooner 1, Kirk Hawkins 2, Peter Keith 3. Feature. Manson 1, Spooner 2, Keith 3.
¼ Midgets Ht 1. Montana Jamieson 1, Ben Morgan 2, Jack Low 3. Ht 2. Low 1, Jamieson 2, Oscar Harcourt 3. Ht 3 Low 1, Jamieson 2, Harcourt 3.