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Youlden dominant at Powerbuilt Raceway


Melbourne driver Luke Youlden was totally dominant in the TraNZam category at Powerbuilt Tools International Raceway in Christchurch on Sunday.

Youlden won all three races at the wheel of the Powerbuilt Tools/Bed Rumours Handcrafted Beds Ford Mustang. In the opening race he blasted away from pole position and left the rest of the field in his wake as he coasted to a 7 second victory. In the second of the three races he started from the second row of the grid and trailled Glen Brazier until the beginning of the third lap when he powered down the outside of Brazier into the first corner. From there the Australian cruised away bringing the Mustang home 10 seconds clear of Brazier.

In the third and final race Youlden started from the pitlane as the leaders tackled the kink midway down the back straight on the 3.3 kilometre circuit. That left Youlden with a massive amount of work to do but he stormed onto the track and set about eliminating the deficit. He caught and passed second placed man Colin Dawson on the fifth lap and then a lap later slipped past leader Steve Ross at the sweeper onto the front straight as the Dunedin driver spun.

It was then plain sailing to the flag as he completed the clean sweep for the day.

Unfortunately the lap record eluded Youlden after he had qualified in a time almost 1 second faster than Kayne Scott's existing record that has stood since 2003. Youlden had blasted around the circuit in Saturday's session in 1 minute 20.368 seconds while Scott's mark stands at 1.21.257.

That time was particularly impressive considering Youlden had his first drive in the Mustang on Friday when he did just 10 laps around the Powerbuilt sponsored track. He then set the pole time on Saturday within 3 laps.

Youlden who last weekend finished 4th in the Bathurst 1000 in a Stone Brothers Racing Ford Falcon said the Powerbuilt/Bed Rumours Handcrafted Beds Mustang was an "awesome machine". "There's a lot going on, you're moving fast and there is a lot of rattling and shaking!
It was great for car owner Derin Greenslade to have the car post three wins from three", he added.

Youlden admitted he had been chasing the lap record hard after his pace of Saturday but he felt the condiitions were against it today. "The wind knocked it around a bit and we probably spent too many laps warming up before the lights turned green in each race". Youlden will be at the wheel of the Mustang again next weekend in the Schaeffer Oil N.Z Super Sedan Series at Taupo.

1st - Luke Youlden (Melbourne) Ford Mustang - 1.20.368
2nd - Glen Brazier (Invercargill) Chev Corvette - 1.22.421
3rd - Dick Freeman (Christchurch) Chev Corvette - 1.23.599
4th - Steve Ross (Dunedin) Oldsmobile Cutlass - 1.27482
5th - Colin Dawson (Invercargill) Mazda RX8 - 1.28.425

RACE 1 (6 Laps)
1st - Luke Youlden
2nd - Glen Brazier
3rd - Dick Freeman

RACE 2 (6 Laps)
1st - Luke Youlden
2nd - Glen Brazier
3rd - Dick Freeman

RACE 3 (8 Laps)
1st - Luke Youlden
2nd - Steve Ross
3rd - Colin Dawson

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