Team GB just misses out af­ter New Zealand bat­tle

Motor Sport News - - Sporting Scene -

Team GB Rac­ing’s Great Bri­tain Li­ons fin­ished run­ners-up for the sec­ond year in a row against the Hawkes Bay Hawkeyes in the New Zealand Su­per­stock Teams Cham­pi­onships on Sun­day night at the Robert­son Holden In­ter­na­tional Speed­way in Palmer­ston North.

The five-car BRISCA F1 Li­ons team – led by BRISCA F1 world cham­pion Frankie Wain­man Jr, former world cham­pion Lee Fairhurst, John Dow­son, Ben Hur­d­man and Bob Grif­fin – topped their three-team group on Satur­day.

With Fairhurst win­ning both races the Li­ons faced the Gis­borne Giants and fel­low BRISCA F1 star Tom Har­ris in an ea­gerly-awaited semi-fi­nal on Sun­day night. The Li­ons put in a mas­ter­class of teams rac­ing to de­mol­ish the Giants, with Ben Hur­d­man go­ing on to win com­fort­ably.

In a bru­tal 15-lap fi­nal, the Hawkeyes fo­cused on try­ing to neu­tralise the threat of Wain­man Jr from the out­set, and were suc­cess­ful in caus­ing enough dam­age to hin­der his progress, badly dam­ag­ing a rear wheel guard.

De­spite the set­back, Fairhurst took over the lead in the early stages for the Li­ons. Hawkes Bay man­aged to block Fairhurst to al­low Thomas Stan­away to go to the front. The New Zealan­der then stretched his lead to more than a lap of the quar­ter-mile oval.

Wain­man Jr’s badly dam­aged car also suf­fered a fuel-pump prob­lem.

“Ob­vi­ously the lads are feel­ing it af­ter that,” said cap­tain Wain­man Jr. “But we have to look on the pos­i­tive side. We will come back next year more de­ter­mined than ever to win it.”

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