PITHER MAKES GREAT START TO UTE SERIES 'The Doctor', Chris Pither of Palmerston North, made the best possible start to the 2009/2010 NZV8 Ute Series at the Taupo Motorsport Park today when he won the opening race of the series in his ENZED ...
PITHER MAKES GREAT START TO UTE SERIES
'The Doctor', Chris Pither of Palmerston North, made the best possible start to the 2009/2010 NZV8 Ute Series at the Taupo Motorsport Park today when he won the opening race of the series in his ENZED Falcon.
Pither, who has plied his trade in Australia over the last few seasons, qualified fastest at the 3.5 kilometre track on the outskirts of Taupo and then drove to victory in the first race over 10 laps later in the day.
The 22-year-old did just two flying laps in qualifying before he parked the ENZED Falcon in the pits. "The second lap was quite tidy and I thought it was as quick as I could go at that point," said Pither. No one managed to beat his time so 'The Doctor' banked maximum points from the session. However grid positions for the opening race are decided by a marble draw and Pither drew number ten, putting him near the back of the field as the NZV8 Utes lined up for their first race of the season this afternoon.
Pither quickly overcame his poor marble draw however and after a handful of laps had the ENZED Falcon in the lead. "It was going pretty good and the ute felt comfortable to drive," said Pither as he recalled the race later. However a misfire, that had also troubled the team the previous day, returned soon after and Pither's lead disappeared as the ute began to miss. With the second placed ute back on his tail the misfire cleared just as mysteriously as it had appeared and Pither pulled away to take the win from defending series champion Caine Lobb of Whangarei and Bob Grove of Albany.
"I'm stoked. It is the best possible way to start the series," said Pither after the race.
Pither's efforts in the 2009/2010 NZV8 Ute Series are supported by ENZED, KDTraining.com and Cairns Bins.
Pither and the ENZED Falcon will race twice more tomorrow. The second race of the round is over 10 laps while the final race of the opening round takes place over 14 laps later that afternoon.