ASTC: Timaru, New Zealand Race Report Sunday, April 2

An engine failure forced Australian-based Super Touring motor racing driver Tony Newman to retire from the second round of the South Island endurance series at Timaru yesterday. Newman, who had finished second in the opening round at Teretonga...

An engine failure forced Australian-based Super Touring motor racing driver Tony Newman to retire from the second round of the South Island endurance series at Timaru yesterday.

Newman, who had finished second in the opening round at Teretonga on March 19, withdrew after 54 laps in the ex-works TC Motorsport Peugeot 406 he races in the BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Championship.

The 43-year-old Sydney businessman started from pole position and was in second place when the engine failed as he entered pit-lane.

"My crew told me they saw some fluid coming out of the rear of the car so they called me into the pits," said Newman.

"Apart from that there was no warning before the engine let go because all the gauges on the dashboard were normal."

"As I came into pit-lane there was a cloud of smoke - it was very disappointing because we were cruising and I thought we had the race 'in the bag'."

Before being forced out Newman clocked the fastest lap of the race with a time of 1-min 8.57-secs.

The race was won by New Zealanders Miles Pope and Murray Cleland in a BW 320i, who drove 144 laps in 3-hrs and 34.11-secs.

Newman said a replacement engine would be transported from his team's Sydney workshop to New Zealand in time to be fitted into his Peugeot for the third and round of the series at Ruapuna in Christchurch on April 15.

"What happened in Timaru has made us all very determined to finish the series with a win," he said.

Newman is using the three-race series in New Zealand to prepare for this year's BOC Gases Australian Super Touring Championship, which starts on May 28 at Oran Park in Sydney.

<pre> RESULTS - ROUND 1, SOUTH ISLAND ENDURANCE SERIES POS DRIVERS CAR TIME 1. B. Miles-M. Cleland BMW 320i 3.00.34.11 (144 laps) 2. L. O'Donnell-S. O'Donnell Ford Sierra Cosworth 143 laps 3. D. Scott-P. Nicoll Mazda RX-7 142 laps 4. G. Jenkins-G. Crawford Holden Commodore 141 laps 5. A. MacLennan-N. Stead Nissan 140 laps FASTEST LAP: Newman 1-min 8.57-secs

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