Munro dominates series opener with hat-trick

Last updated 05:00 21/11/2012

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Christ's College year 11 student James Munro completely dominated the opening of the South Island Formula Ford Series with three wins at Timaru's International Raceway last weekend.

Munro, 14, leads the series by 10 points from another Christchurch driver, Michael Collins, who was runner-up in all three races. The three 12-lap races featured 11 drivers from throughout the South Island. Behind Munro and Collins were three different drivers in third.

Rangiora's Steven Edwards finished in third in the first race, Ashburton's Derek Wilson in the second and Invercargill's Stephen Hefferman in the third.

Munro finished the round on 61 points; Collins has 51 and Hefferman 36.

"It's a great start, it couldn't have gone any better," Munro said. "I'm really happy with improving over the weekend. The third race got a bit hairy at times, but it was fine."

That third race was rain-affected, but Munro held his nerve to complete his hat-trick of victories while Collins held the same, on old tyres.

He vowed he'd be back to compete with Munro in the series' second round this weekend for a double header at Invercargill's Teretonga track. The series then comes to Christchurch's Ruapuna. Munro and Collins will also compete in the national Formula Ford Championship. That series begins at Teretonga in the new year.

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