Teretonga record book gets speedy rewrite

Ian Clements, of Christchurch, competes in the Formula 5000 class at the Classic Speedfest event at Teretonga Park yesterday.
Ian Clements, of Christchurch, competes in the Formula 5000 class at the Classic Speedfest event at Teretonga Park yesterday.

Lap records tumbled throughout both days of the Evolution Motorsport Classic Speedfest at Teretonga Park near Invercargill.

Ten lap records were broken while six new marks were created in various classes. After a good crowd enjoyed Saturday's racing, an even larger one turned out for the second day yesterday.

The AJ Auto Electrical Formula 5000 races were a crowd favourite and they did not disappoint, with three different winners and two lap records set during the event.

Aucklander Andrew Higgins put his Lola T400 on pole and drove away to win the first race on Saturday, dropping the lap record to 54.501 seconds in the process.

The following morning Dunedin driver Steve Ross in a McRae GM1 won while Takanini driver Clark Proctor trimmed the record to 54.478.

Proctor then won the third race to capa great weekend.

Australian Peter Barclay was the standout in the Macaulay Ford Racing Car class, winning all four races in his beautiful Repco Brabham BT21 while local driver Brendan Mason did the same in the Southland Tyre Centre Classic Saloon races with a clean sweep in his Chev Camaro.

Mason also won the first Noel McIntyre Drainage Clubmans Saloon race of the weekend from a packed grid while Aaron Black, of Dunedin, won the next two before Invercargill driver Robert Ralston blitzed the field in the Flying Farewell.

The Pre 65 Saloons and MINI Challenge cars raced together in the Downer/Cooke Howlison class. Roy MacDonald, of Dunedin, took two wins in the Pre 65 contests in his Mustang as did Maurie Bone of Christchurch in his Anglia.

Local drivers Wayne Tuffley and Rodger Cunninghame both secured some good placings in their Mustangs and Greg Stewart grabbed a third placing.

Meanwhile Scott O'Donnell, Invercargill, won both MINI Challenge category races on Saturday from Richard Knowles, of Christchurch. O'Donnell struck problems on Sunday and Knowles won the MINI category on both occasions.

British visitor Paul Smeeth in a Lotus 22 won two of the Professionals McPherson Realty Ltd Formula junior races, while Noel Woodford, Auckland, and Marcus Mussa, of Great Britain, won the other two.

Canadian Jack Ondrack took two comfortable wins in his Tuscan TVR V8 in the Sievwright Auto Sports Cars class on Saturday before Murray Sinclair of Christchurch won both of Sunday's races in his Chevron.

Stephen Grellet steered his BMW to victory in two of the Jesco Historic Touring Car races while Christchurch driver Gary Johnstone took one win in his Jaguar XJS and Warren Good of Dunedin the other in his BMW while event sponsor Rick Michels collected several good placings in his BMW M3.

Carl Wall, of Christchurch, won three Southern Paints Formula Libre race of the weekend in his Reynard before David Arrowsmith, of Christchurch, took the last in his Swift DB4.

Paul Coghill, of Dunedin, was on track for a clean sweep in the Global Diesel Parts Vintage Racing Car races in his Jaguar until Russ Haines, of Ashburton, won the finale in his Frangapelli Holden.

The Southland Times