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Wakeling clinches Sprint Car title


Aucklander Allan Wakeling has clinched the Sprint Car portion of the Western Springs Speedway National Series. The Saturday-Monday double header earlier this week saw Wakeling score a flag-to-flag win in the Saturday night main event leading home New Zealand champion Kerry Jones (Waiuku) and Hamilton’s Greg Pickerill.

Track record holder Dean Brindle (Hamilton) had been Wakeling’s nearest challenger in the series but failed to finish the Saturday race.

On Monday’s extremely slick track it was Jones who won a slow paced race from the front row of the grid ahead of Jamie McDonald and Brindle with Wakeling back in fourth spot.

That was good enough for the Koken Tools J&J pilot to establish an unassailable lead in the series with one round remaining at the season finale on March 3.

“I knew I only had to finish seventh or better,” said Wakeling. “But it was nearly a horror story when McDonald got into Kerry (Jones) in the first corner and there was a big tangle.”

Wakeling leads the eight round series with 136 points ahead of Jones who climbed from fourth to second last weekend after a slow start to his campaign and now has 107pts. A battle for third sees the Hamilton duo of Pickerill on 96 with Brindle on 95. McDonald is next on 65pts.

However, before the final points round the Sprint Cars will race for the 2007 New Zealand title at Western Springs on February 17. About 30 entries with visiting drivers from Baypark, Palmerston North and Christchurch are expected for the championship to be raced over a US-style time trials, heat races, dashes, B-main and championship feature format.

Long time rivals Wakeling and Jones will each be seeking to win the title for a record ninth time.



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