Ruapuna racing round-up
Caine lobs in four wins
Caine Lobb was unstoppable in yesterday’s round of the Enzed V8 Utes Series at Ruapuna, Christchurch, scoring four wins from four starts.
The Holden Commodore driver’s dominance extended to winning pole on Saturday.
Lobb, who had worked for 18 months as a Canterbury Motor Racing School instructor at Ruapuna, says it’s a "funny sort of track. If you try hard you go slow. It's better to be real smooth and patient.”
Lobb has moved to second in the points standings behind fellow Holden racer, Matt Lockwood. He says the four wins “really felt effortless."
Lockwood recorded three second places and a third to finish second overall at Ruapuna. Mack Peach of Auckland completed Holden’s domination by finishing third.
Canterbury drivers had mixed results with Ford Falcon racers Simon Beirne and his father, Graham, finishing fourth and fifth overall.
Lobb took the lead early in race one, and drew away from Lockwood who spent the race holding off Simon Beirne.
Peach, starting on pole after a marble draw, won the race two start, but was penalised 10 seconds for jumping the gun. The penalty dropped him to fifth in the results.
Lobb passed Peach for the lead, and in the final wash-up Lockwood took second ahead of Mike Pero (Commodore).
Lobb started race three sixth but led by the end of lap one. Lockwood got caught in a furious battle with Craig Paterson and by the time he got past, Lobb had a commanding lead. Peach took third from Paterson on the final lap.
Lobb led all the way in the final to win from Peach, Lockwood and Simon Beirne.
Points stansings: Matthew Lockwood, 542; Caine Lobb, 517; Mack Peach, 494; Simon Beirne, 470; Craig Paterson, 432; Graham Beirne, 394; Geoff Spencer, 390; David Kernohan, 356; Frank Van Shaijik, 355; James Urquhart, 346.
Stowell dominates Sport Saloons
Series leader Neville Stowell was in dominant form in the 2008/2009 Kumho Sport Saloon races, winning two and finishing sixth, slowed by overheating, in the handicap-start finale.
Stowell (Nissan Skyline GT-R) won Saturday’s race from Ron Shelton (Nissan Silvia) and Matt Dunn (turbocharged Toyota Corolla).
The top half of the qualifiers started Sunday’s first race in reverse order, but Stowell was at the sharp end before lap one ended.
He battled Shelton for the lead for a couple of laps before getting ahead and drawing away to win. Shelton finished second ahead of Dunn who had diced with Chris Small (Mitsubishi Lancer GSR) until the Lancer’s brakes went away.
Noel Parish (Nissan Fairlady) led the handicap race from start to finish, winning from Grant Waters (Mitsubishi Lancer GSR) and Ivan McAuley (Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 3).
Shelton finished fifth ahead of Stowell who eased off as the engine overheated during the final laps.