Best Bars Toyota 86 Championship challenger Peter Vodanovich brought Jaylyn Robotham’s two-race winning streak to an end at Teretonga Park.
Having done the double in Race 1 and Race 2, Robotham started Race 3 from pole position. Alongside him sat Vodanovich with Campbell Stewart third and Jaden Ransley fourth.
In the two races that Robotham won, he led from Turn 1 to the checkered flag. Vodanovich continued that form, leading into the first turn and romping home to take another win.
Auckland ace Vodanovich sustained pressure from Robotham throughout the 20-lap affair, but eventually the Australian faded into the clutches of Ransley. However, the kid from Christchurch couldn’t find a way through on the seven-turn circuit.
Fourth was Connor Adam who made the most of a mistake by Campbell Stewart to finish just adrift of the podium. Despite what looked like a missed gear change, Stewart managed to hold on for fifth place.
Further afield, Brock Gilchrist ran largely unchallenged in sixth place. Ryan Wood was a late charger. He initially started the race in sixth but made a pair of mistakes and eventually fell down the order. A sterling drive saw him surge forward and eventually get within arm’s length of Gilchrist, but a pass wasn’t forthcoming.
Australian-based British driver James Wilkins was a distant eighth having seen off a brief attack from Brayden Phillips. Another Australian, Richard Peasey, came from the back of the grid to claim 10th overall.
“That was an awesome race,” Vodanovich said.
“Starting P2, I managed to get the jump on Jaylyn and maintain the gap. A great race, I’ve got to say a big thanks to my team and sponsors.
“It was a good start. We struggled in the other races in the start a little bit nut managed to nail it in the last one. I’m really happy.”
Round 3 of the Best Bars Toyota 86 Championship continues at Manfeild Circuit Chris Amon over 14-16 February.