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South Island win for Lobb


Caine Lobb had a fabulous race weekend at Timaru when contesting the second round of the South Island Formula Ford Championship. After qualifying second he took two wins and a second place out of the three sprint races.

There was only a small field of drivers this weekend and the smaller version of Timaru International Motor Raceway Circuit was employed. Lobb had tested on the full track but enjoyed the change.

"It was a cool little track, we were running the short circuit which was fun! I qualified in second behind Kurt (Pederson) which was good." said Lobb.

Lobb won the first race in front of Kurt Pederson with John Whelan third. He took another win from race two but ahead of John Whelan this time. In third place was NIck Donaldson who Lobb was trailing in the championship standings leading into the weekend.

In the third and final race of the weekend a tough battle was in store for Lobb when he found himself chasing Pederson for the win and came close to some potentially dangerous contact.

"There was some wheel rubbing in the last race trying to get past Kurt - that was pretty scary but you've got to get used to that as there will be a lot of it in the national series" he said.

"I'm not sure of the points but I'm pretty sure that I'm leading the championship at this stage" he said.

The round was contested between only ten cars this weekend but the racing was still very competitive especially between the top four contenders Pederson, Donaldson, Whelan and of course Lobb.

Kurt Pederson will contest the national championship starting this weekend and to some extent Lobb should be able to guage his chances against the country's top Formula Ford drivers as he compares his own pace to that of Pederson in future races together.

As for Lobb's outlook on the possibility of winning the South Island Formula Ford Championship and what it would mean to his career he puts it into perspective for us "It would be great but if you win it you don't jump around saying you're the best" he laughs, "We're doing it in preparation for the nationals next season that's what's important".

Round three of the SIFFC takes place this weekend and is being held at Invercargill's Teretonga Park International Raceway.

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