After missing the fourth round of the SsangYong Racing Series at Hampton Downs, the former SRS points leader Daniel Connor was back with a vengeance in his Elf sponsored Actyon Sports race ute, winning three out of 4 races, as well as setting the fastest laps in all 4 races to regain the lead in the SRS Championship.
Former V8 Ute Champion Cain Lobb returned to the series after ‘dipping his toe in the water’ with a one-off drive in the 4th round, finished 2nd overall for the Round 5.
Despite a disappointing run at Timaru, Christina Orr still lies comfortably in second place overall, 469 point’s clear of Rowan Sheppard in 3rd who, despite losing 210 points for a technical infringement at round four, is still comfortably ahead of Cory Holmes in fourth place by 340 points.
17-year-old Todd Prujean and 18 year old Joel Herbert were the real Championship movers and shakers at Timaru’s Levels International Raceway, both showing genuine pace to finish 4th and 6th respectively for the weekend, Prujean finishing second to Connor in the feature race.
The weekend’s big losers were young Chelsea Herbert and Faine Kahia who both had the misfortune to end up being wrecked. Chelsea became involved in a track corner dispute with veteran driver Kurt Stoneman which was later judged by race officials to be a racing incident. Fortunately both vehicles were not badly damaged however Chelsea was denied a clearance to race in the next two races by St Johns Medical Staff and later admitted to hospital with suspected concussion.
Taupo’s Faine Kahia was involved with two race incidents, the second incident seeing the young driver with not only a wrecked car but also suffering from concussion. Both Faine and Chelsea have vowed to be back racing at Ruapuna on the 21/22nd of March at the penultimate round of the 7 race SsangYong Actyon Sport Racing Series.
28 Actyon Sport Racing Ute’s are entered for Ruapuna which will also feature 4 races over two days.
For those interested in finding out more about the SsangYong Racing Series, contact Series Race Director Mark Petch on 021 721 666 or email firstname.lastname@example.org