Waimate's roaring success

STU PIDDINGTON
Last updated 11:33 11/03/2014
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REVERSING IN: Christchurch's Dwight Palane puts his Honda Civic through its paces at the motorkhana, held as part of the New Zealand Clubsport Championship based at the Waimate Racecourse.

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The New Zealand Clubsport Championships in Waimate over the weekend have been hailed a success.

Motorsport New Zealand asked if Waimate Motorsport was interested in hosting the event on the back of the successful Waimate 50.

The championship consisted of three events: a motorkhana, autocross and hill climb.

Most of the 48 competitors had travelled from the North Island and they made a clean sweep of the podium in a close-fought finish.

Cameron Morris took out the event in his Nissan with 287.54 points, just ahead of Brent Reddington with 285.82 in his "worked" Honda City.

Allan Groves of Paeroa, driving his Subaru Impreza, came home third with 283.16.

Pleasant Point's Scott Jones was the best-placed local in fourth in his Mitsubishi Evo3. Jones's best result was a fourth in the hill climb and, had he done better in the autocross, he would have made the podium.

Waimate Motorsport spokesman Rob Aikman said it was a very successful weekend.

"For a small club like us, it certainly stretches our resources but the competitors and Motorsport NZ were very happy. They were happy with the presentation and flow of the event," Aikman said.

He said it was an excellent result from Jones, especially among the tough competition from the North Island.

Full results are available on www.waimate50.co.nz

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- The Timaru Herald

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