Tulloch has good day as Teretonga hosts more top racing

LINDSAY BEER
Last updated 05:00 31/10/2011

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The racing at Teretonga Park was impressive when the second meeting of the season was held yesterday.

The meeting, presented by Downer, continued the trend of exciting racing at the circuit.

Inky Tulloch, of Gore, had a great day in Group A of the Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans Saloons. Tulloch won four races in his Honda Integra Type-R. Darryn Andrews, of Lincoln, was second to Tulloch on three occasions in his turbocharged Nissan Primera, with Brent Cross, of Winton, runner-up in the Flying Farewell for saloons in his Mitsubishi EVO. Andrews was third in that race.

Earlier, Cross had taken two third placings and a fourth, with Andrew Brown, of Invercargill, taking third place in the opening race of the day.

Ian Clapperton, of Dunedin, seen at Teretonga predominantly in the past in a Mazda RX7, debuted a Holden Commodore in the Clubmans Group B races. He won the first two races convincingly from Jeremy Skeggs, of Invercargill, in a Toyota Trueno, and Paul Muir, of Gore, in a Holden Commodore. Clapperton then went on to finish an impressive fourth in the Flying Farewell.

In the class races, Tulloch won the 2501cc-and-over race, and Greg Elder, of Gore, in another Honda Integra took the 1601cc-2500cc honours. Bradley Dawson, of Invercargill, won the 1301-1600cc class in his Toyota Trueno, while Walter Willmott, of Invercargill, took the 0-1300cc class in his Falcon Star Car.

Bradley and Jeremy Dawson provided some great racing during the day, and Greg Elder mixed it with the pair on occasion.

Unfortunately, Steve Scoles' Triumph TR7 was a non-starter after an "off" in qualifying.

Paul Muir, of Gore, had a great day in the NITTO NZ SIX Saloons. Muir won all three races in his Holden Commodore.

Sam Paddon, of Dunedin, in a Commodore, and Wayne Christie, of Christchurch, in a Ford Falcon, followed him home in the first of those races, while Bryce Thompson, of Dunedin, in a Falcon, and Paddon were second and third respectively in the final two races.

The Pro 7 Saloons raced in the same events as the NZ SIX Saloons, with Christchurch driver Jason Corboy winning the first and last races from Daniel Taylor, of Timaru, and Wayne Elliott, of Invercargill, each time.

In the second race of the day, Corboy left the circuit while leading, handing victory to Taylor ahead of Elliott and George Gilbert, of Christchurch.

The Sports and Racing Car class was joined by the South Island Formula Ford category at this meeting.

Damon Leitch was dominant in his Formula Renault Tatuus early on, winning two races from fellow Invercargill driver Jamie Conroy. However, he was not sighted again after an oil pump belt broke. Don Nelson, of Riverton, and Conroy took the remaining wins.

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In the Formula Ford category, Chris Vlok, of Darfield, was the first Formula Ford home in three races in his Van Diemen RF94, including the 14-lap South Island Formula Ford Championship race. In the championship race, a safety car period that resulted in an exciting last three laps. Brendon Leitch, of Invercargill, came through the traffic brilliantly after early gearbox problems and was the first Formula Ford in two of the races.

The next race meeting at Teretonga Park is scheduled for the first weekend of December.

- © Fairfax NZ News

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