Yardley extends Toyota 86 Championship lead at Teretonga

Published 21 January 2017

Two race wins for CareVets driver Ryan Yardley – and one for his team-mate Jack Milligan – have handed the team a clean sweep at the fourth round of the Toyota 86 Championship.

The weekend began well for championship leader Yardley, who won the first race after an early battle with challenger Reid Harker.

In the second race of the weekend, Jaden Ransley had pole thanks to an eight car reverse grid drawn by race one winner Ryan Yardley. Off the start, he defended from a hard-charging Andy Knight through most of a lap but was then swamped by Knight, jack Milligan and Jacob Smith.

Yardley was buried in the pack having started off P8.

Behind the leaders Mike Lightfoot, unsighted in the drizzle, swept past Miles Cockram into turn one, but then sledged off the road and rolled the SEW Eurodrive car in a gravel trap.

Once the Lightfoot car had been recovered, the race resumed with Knight leading, though he soon came under attack from Milligan.

Knight lost the lead to Milligan with Jacob Smith also following the CareVets car and stepping up to second overall. Out front Milligan was in control and he was never headed, taking his first Toyota 86 Championship race win. Second for Smith was his best finish in the championship, while Knight was third and Ransley had held on to fourth in a determined drive.

Then in the final race of the weekend, Yardley put in a sensational drive to carve through the field, overtaking

Michael Scott and Ryan Yardley set the early pace, but a three car ‘draft’ of John Penny, Jacob Smith and Reid Harker chased them down and the five cars duelled going into turn one, with Penny and Smith going two-wide right through the turn.

Matt Hamilton crashed at turn one, bringing out the safety car, and when he regained the track Scott controlled the rolling restart but slowly fell back as Yardley put on the pace to go past Smith and then Scott, Harker hanging on behind.

Through the second half of the race Yardley defended his lead from repeated assaults and ran to the flag the winner by 1.6 seconds.

The Toyota 86 Championship now takes a two week break and rejoins the Castrol Toyota Racing Series at the New Zealand Grand Prix in mid-February. The NZGP is the penultimate round of the TR 86 championship, which ends at Hampton Downs in the north Waikato in March.

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Published 19 January 2018

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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

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