Local sprintcar drivers, Jamie Duff, almost pulled of the drive of the season at Ruapuna Speedway on Saturday evening only to have his car jump out of gear when leading the Salute to Goody Feature after starting from the back of the field, with seven laps remaining.
The meeting also doubled as a round of the $60,000 Tyre General War of the Wings Sprintcar Series and Duff went into the 25 lap Feature as the top qualifier after claiming a win and a fourth in his heats which meant he could start of the front row but he elected to become the first driver to take up the $1,000 Back Row Challenge meaning he had to start from grid 17.
Te Anau's Daniel Anderson lead out from the green flag followed by Ashburton's Matt Honeywell and Mark Evans (Cromwell) as Duff slowly passed rivals over the opening laps. On lap seven Duff was in eighth place but the raced went under caution as Nelson's Greg Teece rolled his car on the Town bend which then caught fire before landing back on all four wheel. Crash and fire crews were on the scene within seconds as Teece managed to release his safety harness and climb out unassisted with the frames from the oil fire quickly put out.
On the restart Duff continued his charge up the field and on lap 12 cut under WOW series leader, Jason Scott(Cromwell). Three laps later Duff was in second place when accounting for Honeywell and then blasted by Anderson on lap 17. Duff's car then jump out of gear when a cable snapped on the next lap leaving Anderson to go on to claim his first win on the series, from Honeywell and Scott third followed home by Ray Baughan (Chch),Brett Sullivan (Nelson and Paddy North (Blenheim) in sixth place.
In the Modified Sprint class thirteen car started out the night to battle for the Clay Cup but a series of rolled reduced the field down to just six by the end of the meeting. Tom Lumsden set a new lap record of 14.2691 when winning heat two, with Jimmy Doyle and Invercargill Daryl Scott also heat winners. Doyle claimed the cup with Scott second and Neil Hansen third.
Jeremy Webb was the standout in the Three Quarter midget class with a second and a third in the heats before claiming the Feature with Glen Everett repeat the feat in the Midget class.
Montana Jamieson took out the Canterbury title in the ¼ Midget class with a close battle for the minor placing with Tyler Warnock claiming second place from Hunter Rowland. Dunedin Matt Anderson claimed a heat and the Feature win in the Six Shooter class.
Race Results (Competitors from Christchurch unless stated).
War of the Wings
Ht 1. Brent Sullivan (Nelson) 1, Matt Evans (Cromwell) 2, Jason Scott (Crom.) 3.
Ht 2. Daniel Anderson (Te Anau) 1, Paddy North (Blenheim) 2, Andy Erskine (Crom.) 3.
Ht 3. Jamie Duff 1, Matt Honeywell 2, Caleb Brooks 3.
Salute To Goody Feature. Anderson 1, Honeywell 2, Scott 3, Ray Baughan 4, Sullivan 5, North 6.
Ht 1. Jimmy Doyle 1, Ben Gilmore 2, Jayden Fraser (Inv.) 3.
Ht 2. Tom Lumsden 1, Kieran Harris 2, Daryl Scott (Inv.) 3.
Ht 3. Scott 1, Doyle 2, Neil Hansen (Inv.) 3.
Overall Placing: Doyle 1st, Scott 2nd, Hansen 3.
Feature. Fraser 1, Lumsden 2, Peter Dickson (Inv.) 3.
Ht 1. Glenn Everett 1, Steve McCallum 2, Scott Millar 3.
Ht 2. Millar 1, Everett 2, McCallum 3.
Feature. Everett 1, Millar 2, Graham Sharp 3.
Three Quarter Midgets
Ht 1. Matt Leversedge 1, Jeremy Webb 2, Scott Bailey 3.
Ht 2. Webb 1, Lindsay Bailey 2, Kyle Glover 3.
Feature. Webb 1, L Bailey 2, Gareth Bindon 3.
Ht 1. Matt Anderson (Dunedin) 1, Sam O'Callaghan (Cromwell) 2, Grant Harkness 3.
Ht 2. Kris Jemmett 1, O'Callaghan 2, Aaron Cook 3.
Feature. Anderson 1, Jemmett 2, Ben Smit 3.
Ht 1. Montana Jamieson 1, Tyler Warnock 2, Ben Morgan 3
Ht 2. Jamieson 1, Hunter Rowland 2, Brad Clive 3.
Ht 3. Warnock 1, Jamieson 2, Rowland 3.
Overall Placing: Jamieson 1st, Warnock 2nd, Rowland 3rd.