Dunedin drivers Steve Ross and Roy Macdonald took the honours in the feature race at Teretonga Park yesterday, the 1 Hour Endurance event.
Today's action, presented by Fulton Hogan Ltd, was the first of the season at Teretonga Park. The event was notable for the amount of mechanical carnage as several drivers suffered engine problems. Another casualty was Gore driver John Muir who damaged his newly prepared Holden Commodore in the safety bank at the loop after an incident amongst some heavy traffic.
The high attrition rate left 18 starters for the A1 Auto Services 1 Hour Endurance Race. Ross and Macdonald took the win after completing 54 laps in the Oldsmobile Cutlass normally raced by Ross. The pairing had a planned pitstop to change drivers during the race but also had an additional visit to the pits for a drive through penalty after passing under yellow caution flags. However the Oldsmobile still had too much speed for the rest of the field taking the flag a lap ahead of Gore driver Dave McLean in a Honda Integra. McLean had also finished second last year after sliding off the circuit on the final lap while in the lead. Third place today went to Wellington driver Mark Scott in a BMW M3, a car that has won this race before in the hands of Invercargill driver Rick Michels.
Ross Hurley of Nelson in another Honda Integra, James Mitchell of Dunedin in a Honda Civic and Winton driver Jeremy Dawson in a Toyota Starlet completed the top six.
The day's racing also featured the opening round of the Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans Series and the annual Southland versus Otago Challenge. Otago took the victory in the challenge this year with 354 points to Southland's 301.
Colin Dawson of Invercargill dominated on track in the sprint races with some good, clean driving in his V8 powered Mazda. He was successful in the Clubmans A races, heading home Steve Ross and the Oldsmobile on each occasion. Meanwhile Chris Henderson of Dunedin in a BMW GTR and Pierre Neame of Winton shared the third placings. Dawson also won the 2501cc & over race from Ross and Henderson and wrapped up the day by winning the Flying Farewell from Scott Laurence of Invercargill and Brent Russell of Christchurch, both in Mitsubishi EVO's.
Roy Macdonald was equally dominant in the Clubmans B races in his 4.7 litre Ford Fairlane while Ian Clapperton of Dunedin and Invercargill drivers Ivan Burney and Jeremy Skeggs were also prominent.
McLean won the 1601 - 2500 cc class race while Bradley Dawson of Invercargill took the 0 - 1600cc spoils from Skeggs.
Invercargill riders John Beck and Jeremy Holmes were the main combatants in the three motorcycle races. Beck won the first of the races on his Kawasaki ZX6 and Holmes the next on his Honda CBR600. Beck then won the "tiebreaker" to round off the day. Ricky Porter took two third placings behind the duo while Dave Blackwood of Mosgiel also picked up a third place.
The next meeting at Teretonga Park will be held on Sunday 5 November. Prior to that the circuit will host an open day on Sunday 15 October.