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Marco Schelp secures second SIES win, Small brothers still lead

Expat German driver Marco Schelp has secured his second straight win in the Carter’s Tyres South Island Endurance Series, this time at Levels Raceway in Timaru.

After downpours on Friday, the One Hour field went into Saturday morning Qualifying on a fresh circuit. Schelp scored pole position with a 1:01.937 in his Porsche 911 GT3 Cup S (model 997.1), which put him six tenths clear of Chris and Johnny Small in the slightly newer Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (model 997.2). Jarrod Owens was third, also in a Porsche 911 GT3 Cup S (model 997.1)

Schelp was the class of the field early on. He led until Lap 40 when he made his sole compulsory pit stop just 15 minutes from the finish. The Small brothers followed suit a few laps later, which briefly handed the lead to Jarrod Owens.

Once the pit stop sequence shook out it was Small/Small who led Schelp in second and Owens in third. Fortunately for Schelp, he was able to pursue the leading Porsche and snag back his lead. In the end, he came home just 4.4 seconds clear after 55 laps of the 2.4-kilometre circuit. Small/Small were second while Owens was a distant third, 38 seconds in arrears.


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#17 Chris and Johnny Small, Porsche 911 GT3 Cup (model 997.2)

“I was quite worried as they were very quick in the pit stop,” Schelp said of the Small brothers.

“It was very busy out there with all the traffic. It’s mentally exhausting, there is no ‘free’ lap except for the very beginning of the race.”

While Schelp has taken back-to-back wins in the series at Highlands Motosport Park and Levels Raceway, it’s still the Small brother who lead the points. Schelp was initially entered in the Three Hour category in a BMW Z4 GT3, but that blew up spectacularly at Teretonga Park.

With a win at Round 1 and two second-place finishes at Round 2 and Round 3, the Small brothers have extended their advantage to 13 points in the standings.


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#28 Jordan Michels Class B winner, Honda Civic Tpye R FK7 TCR


“We’re really happy with our result today,” Johnny Small said. 

“We came here with the aim of beating Jarrod. It would have been nice to beat Marco, but he is a top driver and he showed that today. 

“He is extremely fast and aggressive, so I take my hat off to him. Congrats to Jarrod as well on his podium.”

Within the overall championship there are four separate Class titles. First home in Class A (0-2000cc) was Daniel Crop (Honda Civic EG) ahead of the Lotus Exige of Mark Meadows. Tim Dossett (Honda Civic EF) has a one point advantage over Meadows heading to the final round with Andrew Kitching (Honda Civic EG) 12-points off the lead.

Jordan Michels was first home in Class B (2001-3500cc) despite a failing power steering unit in the closing stages of the race. Competing in his new to the country Honda Civic Type R FK7 TCR car, Michels has now been the first Class B car home in all three rounds extending his lead to 23 points over the Dennis and Debbie Chapman in their Audi RS 3 LMS TCR.


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#35 Bruce Davidson winner of Class C, Chevrolet Corvette C6.R

Michels near-perfect run at Timaru saw him as high as eighth overall and first non-Porsche car in the field. Despite the mechanical hindrance, he was able to coast to the finish in 12th overall.

First in Class C (3501cc+) and first non-Porsche car home in eighth overall was the Chevrolet Corvette C6.R of Bruce Davidson ahead of the Nissan R32 GT-R of Mark and Karl Beeby. There are just five points between them heading to the final round.

The Porsche marque dominates Class D (GT3 Cup) with nine cars in total. The first seven cars home in the category, led by Schelp, were also the first seven overall. The Small’s have a 13-point advantage over Owens with Allan Dippie and Scott O’Donnell 21-points off the lead in third.

The One Hour Series finale takes place at the Mike Pero Motorsport Park in Christchurch on 2 November with a maximum of 75-points on the line for both a race and Class win.


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Photos: Euan Cameron Photography