Saturday, Jan 13 04:54pm
AUTHOR: Matthew Hansen

Jack Milligan wins in Christchurch, as Adam recovers with rebuilt car

After withstanding an entire race worth of pressure, Jack Milligan has won the opening Toyota 86 Championship race at Mike Pero Motorsport Park by a mere half a second over Michael Scott. 


Scott led home his International Motorsport teammate Connor Adam. Adam's podium was made particularly impressive given it came after an extensive repair job from his team after a heavy crash during qualifying (pictured below). 


Milligan led from pole position, but had to fend off several other drivers. The first of those was Tom Alexander, who sat in second early on until an exchange of contact with Scott sent him down the order. The former BNT V8s driver salvaged eighth as a result.


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Milligan, Scott, Jaden Ransley, and Adam became the new top four — all of them wedged together nose to tail. Jordan Baldwin was fifth, but not part of the battle. 


Adam soon passed Ransley, but didn't have enough pace to ultimately challenge Milligan or Scott. And that's how the trio crossed the finish line; Scott 0.561 behind Milligan, and Adam another 1.5 seconds back in third. 


Baldwin and Bramwell King completed the top six, just ahead of series debutant Peter Vodanovich. Alexander, Sam Wallace, and Sam Wright rounded out the top 10.