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Relentless Lobb wins V8 Utes crown


A late-season charge and a hat trick of round wins gave Caine Lobb victory in the Enzed ute series at Teretonga yesterday

Victory in the final round of the 2008/2009 Enzed NZ V8 Utes series at Teretonga Park, Invercargill, yesterday clinched the series for Whangarei’s Caine Lobb.

Lobb made a storming finish to the series in his Holden Commodore, winning the three South Island rounds and nine of the last 12 races.

Defending champion, Palmerston North Holden driver, Matthew Lockwood, had led the championship until Sunday.

Lobb had cut that lead to one point by Teretonga, then won two of the four races and posted a second and a fourth place to win the round and the championship.

Lockwood’s weekend tally was a second, two thirds and a seventh to finish the round third overall and the series second.

Making a one-off appearance in the series Kiwi international, Chris Pither, showed his Australian V8 Utes and V8 Supercars experience to finish second at Teretonga, winning two races in his Ford Falcon.

Christchurch’s Simon Beirne (Falcon) was fourth at Teretonga and set a new lap record of one minute 09.46 seconds, his fourth of the series. Craig Paterson (Dunedin) was fifth in his Falcon.

Lobb won the series with 811 points, from Lockwood (793) and Holden racer Mack Peach (730).

He said qualifying on pole made the first Teretonga race “pretty easy. There are a lot of fast people there and if you qualify somewhere like third, and you’re behind some of them, it’s really hard."

His late-season run of success? “We just plugged away. We’ve got the car working really well. It wasn't that good earlier on."

Lobb says he’d like to do some Australian V8 Ute rounds “as long as I can get the money together" and ultimately is eyeing an Australian V8 Supercar drive.

Final NZ V8 Utes series points: Caine Lobb, 811; Matthew Lockwood, 793; Mack Peach, 730; Simon Beirne, 721; Craig Paterson, 655; Graham Beirne, 601; Geoff Spencer, 553; David Kernohan, 538; Mike Pero, 512; Frank Van Shaijik, 507.

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