KNEALE CON­QUERS TIMARU

NZ Performance Car - - Inside Line -

The race to crown a new Drift South cham­pion has heated up fol­low­ing the one away round at the Timaru In­ter­na­tional Mo­tor Race­way. For 2017, the judges shifted fo­cus to the sweeper, with em­pha­sis on an­gle out of the en­try chute, high-line clip­ping points, and ‘an­gle zones’. This dif­fered slightly from pre­vi­ous years in that more at­ten­tion was put on scored driv­ing skill.

Se­ries leader Dan Cur­rie took P1 ahead of team­mate Bro­gan Mooney. With the cham­pi­onship Dan’s to lose, he ped­alled his way to the top four, where a dirt drop cost him a place in the fi­nal — putting him in third place af­ter beat­ing Scott Welsh but giv­ing him valu­able points to main­tain his lead.

Af­ter beat­ing Dan in the top four, Ash­bur­ton’s Shel­don Kneale faced off against Team KVS’s Neil Walm­s­ley. Neil, who was down on speed, led first, and a smoother drive and larger gap saw him awarded the slight­est ad­van­tage. How­ever, a line er­ror on his chase run saw the same mi­nor ad­van­tage handed to Shel­don, call­ing for the re­run. They re­turned to the track with even more thirst than be­fore. With both run­ning off­line, Neil dropped dirt early, while Shel­don re­cip­ro­cated at the sweeper. An­other 5-5 run. It was all down to who could hold it to­gether for the fi­nal pass. Shel­don laid down a solid run, while the chase saw Neil run slightly shal­lower through the mid­dle. Judges strug­gled to find more than 0.5 be­tween them, but it went in Shel­don’s favour — it doesn’t get much closer than that.

That leaves us with only the fi­nal round on the cal­en­dar. The grand fi­nale will be back at Mike Pero Motorsport Park in Christchurch on May 6.

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