Yardley extends Toyota 86 Championship lead with win at Teretonga

Published 20 January 2017

A fastest lap and a race win brings Toyota Finance 86 Championship leader Ryan Yardley closer to his goal at Teretonga near Invercargill today.

Christchurch-based Ryan Yardley is locked in battle with Albany’s Reid Harker, Te Puke driver Michael Scott and Matt Lockwood for the championship. He arrived at Teretonga with a nine point advantage over Harker, 549-541 with Lockwood third on 474 and Scott fourth on 464.

Harker’s challenge took firm shape when he qualified on pole with Yardley alongside. Row two was Michael Scott and Yardley’s CareVets team-mate Jack Milligan. Matt Lockwood, recovering from a big crash at the previous round, put his newly repaired car on the third row, fifth fastest.

From the race start Harker defended into the first corner and looked set to race to the win on the 2.57 km circuit, the southernmost permanent race circuit in the world. A win for Harker would have up-ended the championship points table but a penalty applied by race officials dropped him to last.

Yardley needed no second invitation and grabbed the lead, racing to victory and another 75 points toward the title. He set the fastest lap of the race, a 1:07.650 – a half second off Nick Cassidy’s category race lap record of 1:07.148.

Michael Scott came home second and Jacob Smith third.

Mike Lightfoot fought through to fourth overall and Miles Cockram was fifth.

Behind them, there was mayhem. Matt Lockwood and Jack Milligan had been locked in a battle for position that ended in contact between their cars with a spin for Lockwood that enabled Milligan to continue and finish seventh.

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Published 14 January 2018

Halfway through the Toyota 86 Championship, the title could go to any one of a half dozen drivers.Auckland's Connor Adam came to Ruapuna with the Championship lead, and leaves it still leading - but the pack are closing in.

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Jack Milligan 300x170 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

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Published 8 January 2018

Peter Vodanovich joins the 2017-2018 Toyota 86 Championship with a mission.

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