Steady as she goes: Ash Blewett continues winning form in Toyotas
Published 14 February 2016
Ash Blewett has one hand on the trophy in the Toyota Finance 86 Championship with victory in the first race today at Manfeild.
The championship leader swept into the lead at race start and was never challenged, leader John Penny and Callum Quin battling throughout the race for second place.
“John had better speed than me in the faster parts of the track but I was able to control the race and keep my lead while he and Callum fought it out,” said Blewett.
In the later part of the race Quin took second place, Penny struggling with a gearshifting issue out of the hairpin.
“I’m pretty happy with our pace and second place is a good top-up of points for the championship but there’s more to do to secure our position,” he said.
The second race of the weekend is at 11:22 tomorrow morning. Ash Blewett drawing a number eight marble to reverse the first four rows of the grid, putting rookie Jacob Smith on pole with Reid Harker alongside.
Jack Milligan is new Championship leader
Published 13 January 2018
Christchurch driver Jack Milligan has sprinted into the lead in the 2017-2018 Toyota 86 Championship with victory in today's race at Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Ruapuna, Christchurch.
Milligan dominated the race from the start and was able to dictate pace over the distance to the chequered flag, though behind him Michael Scott had forced his way through the field to a podium and International Motorsport's Connor Adam hung on to maintain his title hopes.
On his charge through the field, Scott tangled with Tom Alexander mid-corner, the latter spinning off into the infield before regaining the track. Scott also set fastest lap of the race, a 1:37.949 on lap 3.
Another local, Jaden Ransley, was quick in the opening laps and showed true racecraft to hang on as the podium battle swept over him. He finished fourth, two second clear of leading rookie Jordan Baldwin.
Tom Alexander dropped tothe rear of the field while rejoining the race and finished eighth. The former Cantabrian has been battling illness and had missed free practice during the week.
New inductee Sam Wallace made a clean start to the championship, finishing behind Alexander and ahead of Sam Wright, the Championship's youngest competitor, in the Tony Richards Toyota car.
Toyota 86 Championship round four, race one
1 Jack Milligan
2 Michael Scott
3 Connor Adam
4 Jaden Ransley
5 Jordan Baldwin
6 Bramwell King
7 Peter Vodanovich
8 Tom Alexander
9 Sam Wallace
10 Sam Wright