Pen­rose tops Mt Thomas

Christchurch Mail - - MOTORING - JONATHAN LEASK

Ran­giora’s Matt Pen­rose had a con­vinc­ing win in the Mt Thomas Gravel Sprint in North Can­ter­bury on Sun­day.

Pen­rose (Subaru WRX) fin­ished with a five sec­ond win­ning mar­gin from Ohoka’s Job Quan­tock (Skoda AP4).

Ran­giora’s Matt Sum­mer­field was a fur­ther sec­ond back in a bor­rowed Mit­subishi Evo 3.

It was a case of an­other ti­tle to hand over for Sum­mer­field who was also un­able to de­fend his ti­tles in the Han­mer Rally and Ash­ley For­est sprint last month.

Driv­ers raced the clock over a 4km forestry road on Mt Thomas which has a bit of ev­ery­thing, cov­er­ing a tech­ni­cal climb then a ridge line through the for­est and a twisty down­hill fin­ish.

Ran­giora teenager Ari Pet­ti­grew only just beat the ex­pe­ri­enced An­drew Sim ( Christchurch) by less than 0.2 sec­onds in the bat­tle of the Ford Fi­es­tas in class 3 (1600cc+).

In class 2 (1301-1600cc) was taken out by David Bir­kett (Levin) af­ter a great bat­tle with the fast im­prov­ing Nick Marston (Sprinter).

Christchurch’s Chris Herd­man (Star­let) dom­i­nated class 1 (0-1300cc) fin­ish­ing five sec­onds clear of fel­low Christchurch driver Ryan Black­topp (Star­let).

Sev­eral of the driv­ers now turn their at­ten­tion to the fifth round of the New Zealand Rally Cham­pi­onship, the Rally Wait­omo, on Oc­to­ber 14.

KEVIN CORIN

Ran­giora’s Matt Pen­rose on his way to the win at the Mt Thomas Gravel Sprint

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