Collins hopes to spoil Conroy's party

Last updated 05:00 06/12/2013

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Leading the South Island Formula Ford Championship going into the third round on his home track will give Jamie Conroy a strong advantage.

However, Christchurch rival Michael Collins considers this one of his favourite tracks and has previously finished very well.

"I can't wait to get back to my home track," Conroy said.

"It's not having to worry about whether we have brought all the right gear with us. We can concentrate on getting everything right on the day and the right procedures in place. We've done a bit of testing in the Mygale at Teretonga and I think we will be prepared enough."

Not fazed by this, Collins' experience has shown that it is about finishing and gaining points across the whole series, rather than winning.

Last season, Collins performed well at Teretonga and carries that confidence into the third round.

"I think we should go all right as we did last year," Collins said.

"It is one of my favourites and it is a circuit with my best results."

Heading into the second round at Ruapuna last weekend, Stephen Heffernan was leading Class 2 (Pre 1993) from Dyson Freeman.

However, Freeman won two races and was second in the third behind Derek Wilson.

Now Heffernan and Freeman are tied on 53 points with Wilson third on 41.

Doug Price (Reynard 1600) is the standout performer in the Historic class, leading HC2 from Alan Wills (Van Dieman RF83) and Paul Dold.

The Historics have two separate classes, HC1 - cars built before July 1980 and HC2, cars built between July 1980 and December 1989.

Graham Dickie (Begg FM3) leads the HC1 from Laurie Henderson (Van Dieman RF75) and Roger McKenzie (Begg FM3).

With rain forecast this weekend the continuing Conroy/Collins duel could be entertaining for spectators.

"Michael [Collins] is an awesome driver to compete against," Conroy said.

"He's had the experience at national level and will be hard to beat. Hopefully I'll be in a position to have a good crack at it."

This weekend's round marks the halfway point in the six-round series.

After six races both drivers have finished either first or second with Conroy having won five times.

Conroy leads on 119 points followed by Collins (107), Ryan Yardley (76) and Robert Toshach. Heffernan and Wilson are tied on 53 points.

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