Repeat win dampened by financial struggles

Last updated 15:06 11/02/2013

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Nick Cassidy's second successive New Zealand Grand Prix win was sweet, but it might not be the springboard he needs for higher honours.

Former winner Mitch Evans has made every post a winner in Europe, winning last year's GP3 series.

But despite the fact Cassidy is developing into a Kiwi driver of genuine international ability, a European drive is no guarantee because he is still struggling financially.

"To be honest, I started the day with nothing in the bank and now I've got $5000.

"So nothing's really changed," he said after the win.

"It's the only issue we have at the moment - that it all comes down to funding."

He was hoping his performance yesterday had caught the eye of European scouts and said he would love to compete in Formula 3 this year. He saved his best for last, and for his part, he was ecstatic with the weekend.

"It's a pretty unbelievable feeling right now," Cassidy said.

"I can't really say whether last year was better than this year, but it was great out there."

The 35-lap race was full of incident, with three minor crashes bringing out yellow flags.

It forced Cassidy to hold his nerve on the restarts, something he managed with aplomb.

"Both me and Alex [Lynn] knew there would be yellow flags and so once I was in front I didn't bother trying to extend my lead too far because he would just come back to me under yellow," he said.

"Our tyres were almost too good by the end; we just got better and better."

Dutchman Steijn Schothorst, with a flying start off the front row of the grid, won the Dan Higgins Memorial Trophy on Saturday. Fairfax NZ

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