ENZED V8 UTES TURN IT ON AT TIMARU

The V8 Utes turned on a great show at Timaru International Motor Raceway this weekend during Round 4 of the ENZED V8 Ute Challenge. After three hard fought races it was championship leader Caine Lobb who continued his title charge with another round win in his Mark Cromie Holden.

It was a great weekend of racing as Lobb, who has been in the series since its inception, described the final race as his most memorable in V8 Utes.

Lobb, 'The Ginja Ninja' of Whangarei took the round honours, his third of the season, after winning the opening race on Saturday afternoon and then finishing second in both of Sundays races. Lobb also gained the points for qualifying second fastest on Saturday, his weekend points haul keeping him comfortably at the top of the championship.

Current champion Chris Pither, formerly of Palmerston North but now Queensland based, finished second overall for the round after winning both of todays races and qualifying fastest yesterday. However mechanical problems cost him dearly yet again, a snapped axle in the first race leaving 'The Gypsy' to cruise home at the rear of the field to salvage some points.

Simon 'Jnr Burner' Beirne of Christchurch brought the Team McDonald's Falcon home third overall after qualifying third and gaining two third places and a seventh over the course of the three races.

Lobb had won the first race on Saturday from Dave Stewart 'The Boss' of Wellington and Jnr Burner while Pither limped around the circuit to gain any points he could.

This morning Pither bounced back to win by over 12 seconds from Lobb, setting a new lap record on the way to victory. Peter 'Kaos' Ward of Auckland was third in his Holden followed by Dave Kernohan of Turangi in the KCL Falcon, 'Dirty Dave's' best ever result in the series. Scott 'Precious' McKelvie of Auckland was fifth after initially crossing the line second before being relegated after a 5 second penalty was applied for jumping the start.

The finale again went to Pither after a ding dong battle with Lobb. Simon Beirne also became involved in the lead battle and finished third with Peter Ward completing a good weekend in fourth. Ward was followed by Jeff 'Ripples' Kernohan in his Falcon. Jeff equalled his best ever ENZED V8 Ute finish from the previous day completing a great weekend for the Kernohan family - father Dave and son Jeff both recording their best ever results in the series.

It was a good weekend too for McKelvie in his Holden. A five second penalty in race two cost him a podium but he still put together his best round in his inaugural season in the series. Fellow newcomer Dave Stewart's second place on Saturday was another personal best result.

The Citizen Watches Time Out Moment Award this week went to Simon Beirne for his passing move that allowed him to pip his father Graham for third place in the opening race. Junior Burner passed his father with his right hand wheels on the grass to steal the position and then went straight ahead at the next corner after the chequered flag due to the speed he was carrying.

The next round of the ENZED V8 Ute Challenge takes place at Manfeild Park in Feilding in support of the New Zealand Grand Prix from 11-13 February.

The category enjoys the support of ENZED, UDC Finance, Radio Hauraki, Yokohama, Castrol, Citizen Watches, Exedy, Armorall, SCT and EFILive.

-source: v8utes/beer