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Lobb makes strong start to Formula First season


Northland's Caine Lobb was very pleased with his results and points haul from the weekend's racing at Taupo where the first round of the Formula First National Championship was held.

In the three races of the round Lobb achieved two second places and a fourth leaving him a fistful of points and second place in the standings at the round's end. He currently has 188 points and is only 14 behind last year's champion Michael Shepherd with another seven rounds to run.

Taking second place in Saturday's race one was a little disappointing as he had been holding the lead for half the race only to be overtaken on the straight before the chequered flag by Alistair Wooten due to some skillful draughting on Wooten's part.

Sunday morning and in race two Lobb was holding second place behind defending champion Shepherd. Lobb was unable to get close enough to execute his own draughting maneuver down Taupo circuit's long straight and settled for second place and some more valuable points.

With two second places Lobb was sitting just one point behind Shepherd with the last race yet to run.

Race three and Lobb found himself battling with Shepherd, Wooten and another tough contender, Selby Allison. In the final race Lobb was unable to manage a win and placed fourth less than a second behind Wooten in first. He did however pick up enough points to wrap up the weekend with second place in the points.

A bit more track time could possibly have helped matters, "I had limited practice before the round. I thought I did pretty well qualifying third on Saturday" said Lobb who missed mostly all of a test session held earlier on in the month due to bad weather holding up his flight coming from Christchurch.

Needing no excuses for his performance Lobb was overall very content with how the race weekend panned out. Two seconds, a fourth and third in qualifying all came together to earn him second place behind the defending champion.

"A good start to the season. I stayed on track and I'm looking forward to the next round." he said.

This weekend Lobb will be putting his Formula First car in the garage and taking the team's Formula Ford down to Timaru for round two of the South Island Formula Ford Championship. After a promising performance in his debut at the start of this month he is currently third in the championship's standings.

Formula First Summer Series 2006/7 Dates

October 21-22 Taupo TV
November 18-19 Manfeild
December 2-3 Pukekohe TV
January 14 Pukekohe
January 27-28 Manfeild
February 10-11 Taupo
March 4 Pukekohe
March31/April1st Manfeild TV

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