McNee edges closer to the title

Published 3 May 2014

Jamie McNee is closer to winning the inaugural Toyota Finance 86 Championship after a day filled with spectacular race action at Hampton Downs.

McNee took pole in the morning’s qualifying session and then survived a nose to tail impact that saw the front of key rival Ash Blewett’s car pushed in to win the first race, stretching his championship lead to 145 points in that race.

The tangle between McNee and Blewett happened at the fast downhill right-hand turn one when McNee missed a downshift for the corner. Blewett was gaining fast on the Wellington driver and found himself with no safe avenue to avoid the impact.
Both drivers emerged safely from the racing incident.

“That was a busy race for sure. The car was good all race, I couldn’t ask for more – now I just have to stay focused on the title.”

Then in the second race of the day McNee started from sixth on the grid and had carved his way through to the front but ended up second overall behind Blewett while Tom Alexander had chased McNee through the pack but then went rapidly backward over the final laps with an off-track excursion that the Christchurch driver was lucky to recover from. Alexander finished that race fourth. Tony Houston spun, Marcus Armstrong fought a pitched battle with Ken Smith and John Lovich pitted early and did not finish.

Consistent performances across the two races have put Callum Quin second overall in the Telecom/Spotify car.

With a commanding but by no means decisive 147 point advantage over Quin, McNee faces a nervous wait for race three tomorrow morning to seal the championship. Behind him, Quin, Blewett and Alexander are now locked in a battle for second and with 75 points available for each of the race wins tomorrow Quin has a mathematical chance of snatching the title.

Jordan Baldwin Teretonga round winner (300 x 170) Baldwin takes championship lead after Teretonga round win

Published 20 January 2019

Jordan Baldwin - Rookie of the Year in the Toyota 86 Championship last season and third in the points heading to the fourth round at Teretonga Park – has laid down a strong challenge for the title after taking two victories and the round win in Invercargill.

Read more

Ransley wins Race 3 Teretonga (300 x 170) Ransley cruises to race-three win, Hedge carves through to fourth

Published 20 January 2019

The final race of the weekend around Teretonga Park for the Toyota 86 Championship was a race of extremes. The battle for first a straightforward one, while the dicing further down the order was anything but.

Read more

Ransley Teretonga (300 x 170) Baldwin takes back to back wins after Ransley penalty

Published 20 January 2019

Intermach Toyota 86 racer Jordan Baldwin secured his second victory in the Toyota 86 Championship, and his second straight win of the weekend after on the road winner Jaden Ransley was penalised for a jumped start.

Read more

Contact TOYOTA GAZOO Racing

Follow us

TGR-NZ-black
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing New Zealand
toyota-nz-icon
Toyota New Zealand
toyota-86-nz-icon
Toyota 86 New Zealand