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NZ Utes: Chris Pither Trans Tasman Saturday report

PITHER LEADS WAY FOR KIWIS IN TIGHT TEST MATCH New Zealand V8 Ute Champion Chris Pither 'The Doctor' of Palmerston North is locked in a fierce battle for both individual honours plus the pride of his country at the Trans Tasman V8 Ute Test...

PITHER LEADS WAY FOR KIWIS IN TIGHT TEST MATCH

New Zealand V8 Ute Champion Chris Pither 'The Doctor' of Palmerston North is locked in a fierce battle for both individual honours plus the pride of his country at the Trans Tasman V8 Ute Test Series at the ITM 400 in Hamilton.

Pither and the best of the Australians Kim 'The Assassin' Jane took one win apiece in the two races fought out today to leave tomorrows third race as the big decider.

Todays effort by Pither in his ENZED Falcon sees he and Jane locked together on the individual driver point standings while Australia and New Zealand have both won one test match each. Tomorrows showdown will be a classic.

Pither was on pole for the first test this morning but Jane 'The Assassin' got the better start and took the lead. However Pither chased hard and took over early in the race. However Jane took a run at Pither down the front straight into turn one a few laps later and Chris struggled to find second gear on the downchange. As he fought to find a gear the Australian was past and while 'The Doctor' hung onto second place the incident effectively cost him the race.

Pither said later that a street track with concrete walls lining the track means the air does not circulate much and he believed the clutch may have been hot due to that fact. "The clutch was hot and it was hard on the the brakes and tyres," he said.

'The Doctor' was second on the grid alongside Jane in the second race this afternoon and settled into second place initially. There was a safety car period early in the race but once racing resumed Chris chased Jane hard. "There were some parts of the track where he had a speed advantage and other spots where I pulled him back. I was quicker through the chicane and I got a run at him into the sweeper following it. I got on the inside and at the next corner I made it stick." That gave 'The Doctor' and the ENZED Falcon the all important win to level the score and take the series down to the wire in tomorrow mornings race.

"We are even on points and the last race will be interesting," says Chris.

Tomorrows decider over 14 laps is scheduled for 10.20am. It will screen on TV3 at 5.30pm.

-source: chris pither

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