Kerr chalks up sixth title in row

GAVIN SEARLE
Last updated 05:00 12/02/2013

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David Kerr continued a remarkable winning sequence when he retained his South Island Midgetcar title at Mag and Turbo Ruapuna Speedway in Christchurch on Saturday to make it six successive wins, just one away from the South Island record.

Kerr's win, the third on his home track, was a narrow one with half the field still having a chance of lifting the title going into the final of the three heats.

Kerr's second behind Nelson's Nevil Basalaj was enough to give Kerr the title by two points - on 34 - from Basalaj, who was looking for his fourth title, with Nick Donaldson third on 28 from Glen Durie 27 and Glenn Everett 25.

The Southbridge engineer started his title defence when coming from grid eight to finish second behind Donaldson with Durie holding out the fast finishing Basalaj for third.

Kerr led from the opening lap to win the second heat from Basalaj with Steve McCallum third after Everett was relegated a place for a racing infringement. This left Kerr three points clear of both Basalaj and Donaldson going into the final heat.

Donaldson's title hopes were dashed when he spun out early in the race, forcing him to restart at the back of the field as Basalaj took the early lead.

Kerr moved from fourth to third on the second lap and three laps later claimed second place with a trademark outside pass on the Town Bend to account for Everett.

Kerr knew that second place was enough for his "Super Six" title haul with Basalaj well clear at the finish line and Durie holding on to third place from Everett and Donaldson.

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