Let the Battle Begin on a ‘Levels’ Playing Field

By: SsangYong NZ   |   03 Mar 2015

28 Ssangyong Actyon Sports Ute’s are set to do battle at Timaru’s Levels Raceway on the weekend of the 7/8th March.

“The action promises to be fast and furious on such a tight and relatively short track as Levels,” said Category Manager and Race Director Mark Petch.

Petch followed on saying “We are into our 5th round with 2 rounds still to go and we can consider ourselves to be lucky that we are only down one ute that could not be repaired in time to make this meeting. So we are laying the law down in no uncertain manner next weekend as we don’t want to risk any more carnage. Rubbing is racing and I am OK with that but what happened at the last round at Hampton Downs, was just unacceptable, many of our drivers just plain had their ‘brain out of gear’ and were not driving to the rain affected slippery conditions. We are all just preying for hot sunny weekend and some great racing.”

Four girls are competing in the Ssangyong Racing Series Championship and are more than holding their own against the more aggressive boys who are clearly not happy about being beaten by the leading 3 girls and vowing to turn things around next weekend. With there being 4 races on the schedule, instead of the normal three, the amount of points up for grabs increases.

“The new 15 Lap Feature Race should sort out the men from the boys and the girls - staying out of trouble will pay off big-time on this track,” said 65 year old veteran racer Kirk Stoneman who lies 8th on the points table.

The Battle at the front of the 28 Ute’s is expected to be between Series Leader Christina Orr and former Series Leader Daniel Conner, who was forced to drop Hampton Downs as his worst round as he was in Europe competing in the World Go Kart Championship. Also someone to keep an eye on is Rowan Sheppard who sits 349 points behind Orr.

Orr herself is expecting Alexandra Whitley, the current Australian woman’s Kart Champion, to be right up at the front end. “Alexandra is fast and has proved that with her excellent win at Hampton Downs. Although I clocked a faster lap time, I just couldn’t catch her in that race so hats off to her - she is a definite threat. So is Chelsea Herbert who was on pole for race one at Hampton Down only to be spun out of the race by some brain dead driving from people who should know better,” said Orr.

Teenage sensation 15 year old Karter Chelsea Herbert is remarkably philosophical about her Hampton Downs drama. “I obviously was not at all happy about being taken out like that, but what was really disappointing for us as a family and our sponsors, was that the ute was wrecked so badly. Dad has put in some ‘killer hours’ making the ute as good as new, so I am very grateful to Dad and my marvelous sponsors for pitching in and getting us down here.”

The next round in the SsangYong Racing Series - Round 6 – will also be down the South Island. It is to be held at Ruapuna on the 21/22nd of March.

For those interested in finding out more about the SsangYong Racing Series, contact Series Race Director Mark Petch on 021 721 666 or email mark@ssangyongactyonracing.co.nz

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