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Aussie wins Wigram Cup


Young Australian takes major trophy in his first taste of NZ wings and slicks racing. Mitch Cunningham grabs TRS series lead with consistent weekend.

Australian Scott Pye set a new Toyota Racing Series lap record on his way to a lights-to-flag win in the Wigram Cup race at Ruapuna, Christchurch, yesterday.

The series debutant won by almost three seconds from Aucklander Mitch Cunningham.

Pye's fastest race lap – one minute 19.429 seconds – was under Ben Harford’s mark of 1m 19.502s, set in 2007.

Pye started from pole and controlled the race, even after a safety car period bunched up the field.

"I was running in clean air at the front and could keep an eye on the bunch behind me,” he said.

“When the safety car closed the field back up I just made sure I was in the right gear and was ready to go when the safety car pulled off the track, and I just went for it.”

Cunningham’s 188 point tally from two second placings and a fourth gave him the round win and the series lead.

He’s four points clear Australian Nathan Antunes, with Palmerston North’s Sam MacNeill third on 162. MacNeill finished third in the Wigram Cup race and Antunes won Sunday morning's 12-lapper.

Hamiltonian Michael Burdett won the series’ opening race on Saturday afternoon.

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