Rhys Gould has taken a commanding win in a wet Class A and B one hour South Island Endurance Series race at Teretonga.
Debbie Chapman finished the race in second, 54 seconds behind Gould, with Scott O’Donnell another 2.4 seconds back in third.
The race saw two early safety cars for cars stopped on track, with the second, on lap 8, letting many teams bring their cars in for the mandatory pitstops.
Rhys Gould ran a commanding race leading for much of it, despite losing one of his window wipers early on, making visibility harder.
“The wiper went early it got caught on the window banner and it was quite difficult actually following Scott and the other cars I could hardly see a bloody thing,” Gould said.
“That went for about a quarter of an hour, that stint felt like a really long time, but you couldn’t really do much about it.
“After the last safety car, it gave me a bit of a gap from those guys anyway and that cleared the screen off a hell of a lot, I probably should have backed off a bit earlier than that anyway.
“It worked out alright, it’s been a good day.
“The team did a good job today as usual.”
Tim Dossett took the class A win seven seconds ahead of William Taylor, with Bradley Rule rounding out the podium in third.
The 91 car of Andrew Gibson and Paul Booth, which was third in class at the time received a mechanical black flag for their exhaust, which had been moving around.
Daniel Cropp was running second in Class B with less than 10 minutes to go, when the car was forced into the pits with a misfire, however with the team unable to find the cause, they decided to keep the car in the lane till late in the race to ensure they’re classified as finishers.
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