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Knight takes TRS victory


Christchurch driver Andy Knight drove his Karcher Tatuus to a comfortable win in this morning's Toyota Racing Series race at Powerbuilt Raceway at Ruapuna near Christchurch.

Knight started from pole position and led from start to finish to lead defending series champion Daniel Gaunt of Auckland over the line by 2.536 seconds. Hamad Al Fardan of Bahrain, the 2006 New Zealand Grand Prix winner was third.

Knight pulled away during the 8 lap race while Gaunt came under pressure from Al Fardan.

Unfortunately Knight did not get an opportunity to add another win to his weekend's tally as the third and final race was not held when heavy rain fell late in the afternoon, causing racing to be suspended.

At the end of the day Knight said the Karcher Tatuus was "good" and he was "real happy" with the weekend's results. The 20 - year old had qualified 5th fastest in Saturday morning's qualifying session saying afterwards that he had a good car but just could not get a clear lap in the 20 minute session. In Saturday afternoon's opening race of the round he settled into 5th position at the start and held station throughout the 8 lap race on a slippery track that was difficult to pass on. However during the race Knight set a lap good enough to claim pole position for Sunday morning's race.

Knight has a proud record of success in this category having finished third in the series last season and runner - up the previous year.

The Toyota Racing Series cars return to Powerbuilt Raceway for the next round of the series over the weekend of 6/7 January for a meeting that includes one of their feature events, the Lady Wigram Trophy Race. The cancelled race from this weekend will also be added to the programme at that meeting.

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