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Ute finale tops Teretonga bill


Racing season wraps up in style at Teretonga tomorrow with the needle-match final round of the NZ V8s series.

The nail-biting finale of the Enzed NZ V8 Ute series tops the bill in tomorrow’s season-ending race meeting at Teretonga Park, Invercargill.

The track picked up the unexpected bonus of hosting the final Ute round after organisers cancelled the planned series finale at Hampton Downs because the new Waikato circuit wouldn’t be finished in time.

Defending champion Matt Lockwood (Holden Commodore) leads Ford Falcon racer, Caine Lobb, by one point apart after five rounds of racing. Mack Peach (Holden) and Simon Beirne (Falcon, pictured) will dispute the final podium spot.

Adding to the action this weekend will be kiwi international star Chris Pither who joins the series for the first time. Pither has raced V8 Utes and V8 Supercars in Australia as well as Formula Fords and TRS open-wheelers in New Zealand.

NZ V8s front-runner, Angus Fogg, will race a 1963 Chevrolet Nova SS Coupe in the Pre-65 races at Teretonga.

The fully rebuilt LG Electronics Nova has been in storage for more than eight years. Fogg raced it for the first time at Ruapuna two weeks ago, taking a win and a second place.

The Super 6 Saloons will supply more Falcon/Commodore rivalry. Top runners include Simon Grace (Commodore), Wayne Christie (Falcon) and Gary Sutherland (Commodore).

Teretonga’s own Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans races have drawn a strong field, including Scott O'Donnell (Porsche GT3 RSR), Phil Mauger (GT3), Bruce Davidson and David Garden in Chevrolet Corvettes, Brendan Mason in a Chev Camaro and Robert Ralston (Nissan Silvia).

Damon Leitch, fresh from his spectacular finish to the MTA Formula Ford Championship at Pukekohe last weekend, will be racing his Zero Fees Stealth in the Sports and Racing Car events.

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