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April 29 9.30am News Round-up


Halliday starts ninth in A1GP finale

April 29, 2007, 9.30am. Matt Halliday, standing in for an injured Jonny Reid, has gridded Black Beauty ninth for the Sprint Race in the Brands Hatch, England, finale of the 2006/2007 A1GP Series.

Reid hurt his hand badly in a crash during practice and was unable to clench his fist to hold the steering wheel.

British driver Robbie Kerr has qualified on pole for the race in the meeting which will determine who finishes second in the series.

Germany has already clinched the A1 Nations Cup thanks to the efforts of Nico Hulkenberg who is widely regarded as the driver of the series.

Kerr recorded an aggregate time of 2m 28.899s, just one tenth of a second faster than second fastest Hulkenberg at Brands.

Third fastest was Loic Duval of France.

Halliday’s qualifying time was 2m 30.2551s.

Team New Zealand holds second on the points table, but Britain has a chance of taking the placing.

Photo caption: Britain’s Robbie Kerr heads to his home track pole position.

Porsche wins Teretonga enduro

April 29, 2007, 9.30am. Angus McFarlane and Michael Bushell won yesterday’s round of the South Island Endurance Series at Teretonga Park, Invercargill, but Matt and Dwayne Carter took the championship.

The three-hour series finale saw plenty of action before McFarlane and Bushell (Porsche 911 GT3) won for the second year running.

They covered 164 laps to lead home fellow GT3 racers Scott and Lindsay O'Donnell by four laps.

After striking late-race mechanical problems, the Auckland-based Carters finished third in their Ford Falcon AU Australian V8 Supercar, five laps behind the winners.

That, combined with wins at Ruapuna and Timaru, gave them the series.

Scott O'Donnell had qualified quickest but it was Dwayne Carter who grabbed the lead at the start only to run wide and lose several places.

The Peter Swaney/Craig McDermid Toyota held second early but Carter fought back and passed the Corolla.

Just after the 30-minute mark O'Donnell and the Swaney/McDermid car collided at Castrol corner as O'Donnell was lapping the Toyota.

Both cars were stuck in the gravel trap and the safety car was deployed.

Both cars resumed, although the Swaney/McDermid car pitted with diff problems and struggled from that point on, finally retiring after 88 laps.

While the safety car was on-track the Carter Falcon pitted for a quick fuel stop handing the lead to McFarlane.

At the two hour mark McFarlane/Bushell had 30 seconds in hand over the Carters.

The McFarlane/Bushell Porsche still led with 30 minutes remaining but the Falcon was closing relentlessly and was just five seconds behind.

With just over 20 minutes to go the Falcon, with Matt Carter at the wheel, took the lead on Teretonga's front straight.

But the Ford head for the pits a few minutes later, with suspected valvetrain problems.

Bushell took the lead while the Carter Falcon resumed to cruise to the finish at greatly reduced speed.

– story by Lindsay Beer.



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