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Southern drivers dominate opening OSCA champ round

 

The top three places in the PRINTSTOP New Zealand OSCA Championships belong to South Island drivers after the first round held at Prowerbuilt Raceway in Christchurch on Sunday. The South Islanders had local knowledge on their side and many of the North Islanders had uncharacteristic problems.

Colin Dawson leads the championship in his V8 powered Mazda RX7 after a trouble free day of racing netted him some good results and 80 points. Second on 75 points is fastest qualifier Lawrence Knowler in his V8 Camaro. Laurie Etwell over came problems in qualifying to earn 69 points and secure third place in his Pontiac GTO.

Mark Burgess of Wellington was the best of the North Islanders. Mark secured 2 second place finishes in his RX7 Turbo and is currently fourth on 66 points. Mark was lucky to finish the first race after he suffered his second diff failure in two race meetings.

Palmerston North driver, Cameron Jones was looking for a good result to make up for the disasters of his last visit to Powerbuilt Raceway. Unfortunately it was not to be. Cameron experienced problems with his front brakes all day. On one occasion he skidded off the end of the main straight in a cloud of smoke with his rear brakes locked. The problem was later diagnosed as being incorrect front brake pad compound which meant the brakes overheated after a couple of laps.

Reigning NZ champion Andy Greenslade also had a day to forget. After qualifying second fastest he ended up in 7th place on 58 points, one point behind Jones. Andy had a rare mechanical failure in the third race finishing with only two working gears.

The North Islanders will be looking for a much better showing at the Second Round of the PRINTSTOP NZ Championship which will also be held at Powerbuilt Raceway in Christchurch on 6th and 7th of January 2007.

Points after Round 1

Driver, Car, Island, Points

Colin Dawson, Mazda RX7 V8, South Island, 80

Lawrence Knowler, Camaro, South Island, 75

Laurie Etwell, Pontiac GTO, South Island, 69

Mark Burgess, Mazda RX7 Turbo, North Island, 66

Geoff Washbourne, Commodore V8, South Island, 60

Cameron Jones, Mazda RX7 Turbo, North Island, 59

Andy Greenslade, Camaro, North Island, 58

Evan Munt, Capri V8, South Island, 53

Chris Coleman, Mini Rotary Turbo, North Island, 51

Tim Rooney, Mustang, North Island, 50

Chris Hatton, Toyota Levin, South Island, 48

Tony Oliver, Nissan Sunny, North Island, 45

Tony Stewart, Mazda RX7 Turbo, North Island, 43

Dave Agnew, Volvo C70 Turbo, South Island, 28

Leighton Hill, Toyota Levin, South Island, 23

Nick Smart, Nissan GTR, South Island, 17

Russell Mortimer, Nissan 180SX, South Island, 15


Colin Dawson leads the championship in his V8 powered Mazda RX7 after a trouble free day of racing netted him some good results and 80 points. Second on 75 points is fastest qualifier Lawrence Knowler in his V8 Camaro. Laurie Etwell over came problems in qualifying to earn 69 points and secure third place in his Pontiac GTO.

Mark Burgess of Wellington was the best of the North Islanders. Mark secured 2 second place finishes in his RX7 Turbo and is currently fourth on 66 points. Mark was lucky to finish the first race after he suffered his second diff failure in two race meetings.

Palmerston North driver, Cameron Jones was looking for a good result to make up for the disasters of his last visit to Powerbuilt Raceway. Unfortunately it was not to be. Cameron experienced problems with his front brakes all day. On one occasion he skidded off the end of the main straight in a cloud of smoke with his rear brakes locked. The problem was later diagnosed as being incorrect front brake pad compound which meant the brakes overheated after a couple of laps.

Reigning NZ champion Andy Greenslade also had a day to forget. After qualifying second fastest he ended up in 7th place on 58 points, one point behind Jones. Andy had a rare mechanical failure in the third race finishing with only two working gears.

The North Islanders will be looking for a much better showing at the Second Round of the PRINTSTOP NZ Championship which will also be held at Powerbuilt Raceway in Christchurch on 6th and 7th of January 2007.

Points after Round 1

Driver, Car, Island, Points

Colin Dawson, Mazda RX7 V8, South Island, 80

Lawrence Knowler, Camaro, South Island, 75

Laurie Etwell, Pontiac GTO, South Island, 69

Mark Burgess, Mazda RX7 Turbo, North Island, 66

Geoff Washbourne, Commodore V8, South Island, 60

Cameron Jones, Mazda RX7 Turbo, North Island, 59

Andy Greenslade, Camaro, North Island, 58

Evan Munt, Capri V8, South Island, 53

Chris Coleman, Mini Rotary Turbo, North Island, 51

Tim Rooney, Mustang, North Island, 50

Chris Hatton, Toyota Levin, South Island, 48

Tony Oliver, Nissan Sunny, North Island, 45

Tony Stewart, Mazda RX7 Turbo, North Island, 43

Dave Agnew, Volvo C70 Turbo, South Island, 28

Leighton Hill, Toyota Levin, South Island, 23

Nick Smart, Nissan GTR, South Island, 17

Russell Mortimer, Nissan 180SX, South Island, 15


Colin Dawson leads the championship in his V8 powered Mazda RX7 after a trouble free day of racing netted him some good results and 80 points. Second on 75 points is fastest qualifier Lawrence Knowler in his V8 Camaro. Laurie Etwell over came problems in qualifying to earn 69 points and secure third place in his Pontiac GTO.

Mark Burgess of Wellington was the best of the North Islanders. Mark secured 2 second place finishes in his RX7 Turbo and is currently fourth on 66 points. Mark was lucky to finish the first race after he suffered his second diff failure in two race meetings.

Palmerston North driver, Cameron Jones was looking for a good result to make up for the disasters of his last visit to Powerbuilt Raceway. Unfortunately it was not to be. Cameron experienced problems with his front brakes all day. On one occasion he skidded off the end of the main straight in a cloud of smoke with his rear brakes locked. The problem was later diagnosed as being incorrect front brake pad compound which meant the brakes overheated after a couple of laps.

Reigning NZ champion Andy Greenslade also had a day to forget. After qualifying second fastest he ended up in 7th place on 58 points, one point behind Jones. Andy had a rare mechanical failure in the third race finishing with only two working gears.

The North Islanders will be looking for a much better showing at the Second Round of the PRINTSTOP NZ Championship which will also be held at Powerbuilt Raceway in Christchurch on 6th and 7th of January 2007.

Points after Round 1

Driver, Car, Island, Points

Colin Dawson, Mazda RX7 V8, South Island, 80

Lawrence Knowler, Camaro, South Island, 75

Laurie Etwell, Pontiac GTO, South Island, 69

Mark Burgess, Mazda RX7 Turbo, North Island, 66

Geoff Washbourne, Commodore V8, South Island, 60

Cameron Jones, Mazda RX7 Turbo, North Island, 59

Andy Greenslade, Camaro, North Island, 58

Evan Munt, Capri V8, South Island, 53

Chris Coleman, Mini Rotary Turbo, North Island, 51

Tim Rooney, Mustang, North Island, 50

Chris Hatton, Toyota Levin, South Island, 48

Tony Oliver, Nissan Sunny, North Island, 45

Tony Stewart, Mazda RX7 Turbo, North Island, 43

Dave Agnew, Volvo C70 Turbo, South Island, 28

Leighton Hill, Toyota Levin, South Island, 23

Nick Smart, Nissan GTR, South Island, 17

Russell Mortimer, Nissan 180SX, South Island, 15



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