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Quick Takes: January 26


Kuhn wins Midget Car feature

Indiana racer Brad Kuhn won the 25-lap international Midget Car feature race at Christchurch's Powerbuilt Speedway (Ruapuna) on Thursday night. The 26-year-old first-time visitor to New Zealand led home fellow Indiana driver Dave Darland with young Aucklander Brad Mosen the leading Kiwi in third spot ahead of Bryce Townsend (Auckland). United States drivers Brad Loyet and Cory Kruseman completed the top six finishers. The race was round three of an international series which continues at Powerbuilt Speedway on Saturday night before returning to Auckland's Western Springs for rounds five and six on Saturday February 3 and Monday February 5.

Teams champs at Te Marua

Upper Hutt’s Te Marua Speedway hosts the 2007 Stock Car Teams Racing Nationals this weekend. The annual 12-team contest awards hosting rights to the defending champions and begins with qualifying races on Friday evening. The winning teams from the four groups transfer into the semi-finals and then final on Saturday night. The Wellington Young Guns are the national title holders in this spectacular form of full-contact racing with the Palmerston North Pumas and Rotorua Rascals considered as the leading challengers to the home side.

One-day format for Nelson Rally

The Nelson Car Club has confirmed its 0800 Boxman Rally of Nelson - the final round of the 2007 New Zealand Rally Championship - will revert to a single day format. Initial information about the Sunday September 30 event confirms about 180km of competition over eight gravel special stages in the Golden Downs forest complex. The rally offered two short days of competition in 2006 but its traditional format has been to offer a full Sunday of rally action. The Nelson Rally will have double status as the final round of both the NZ Rally Championship and NZ Rally Xtreme Series as well as being the penultimate round of the South Island Mainland Rally Series.

Thom leads V8 Development Series

Drivers who have stepped down from Tier-1 competition lead the points standings at the mid-point of the NZ V8 Development Series. Heading into round four at Timaru's Levels Raceway this weekend Aucklander Michael Thom (Holden Commodore) leads the second tier series with 218 points ahead of Hawke's Bay driver Dean McMillan (Holden) on 176.5 points and Aucklander Peter Butler (Ford Falcon) on 120.5 points. Manawatu-based defending champion Alan McCarrison (Ford) is fifth in the standings. The NZ V8 Development category will have its first double-header appearance alongside the NZ V8 main game at Teretonga on March 9-11. The Development Series finale is at Manfeild on March 31-April 1.

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