Ryan Wood has taken the South Island Endurance Series Class C and D win by 2 laps.
Ben Byres can home in second, after being the pioneer on slick tyres.
The race started on a wet but drying track, leaving teams to decide when they would change to slick tyres.
Race leader Ryan Wood was the first of the lead cars to stop for slick tyres, with second place Sam Collins following a lap later.
“Pretty stoked. Credit to the team for making that awesome call, obviously they brought Ben in and we kind of used him as a guinea pig and then we went with the slick tyre choice, it was pretty cool,” Wood said.
“It was a 50/50 call whether we did slicks because it was pretty wet round the back part and having to pass slower cars, so we hung out for a bit and then made Ben the guinea pig and then we decided we might as well give it a crack and play it safe while were passing, and it paid off.
“That was always the goal.
“We’re pretty stoked at the moment but we’ll punch on for Ruapuna next weekend.”
Bruce Davidson takes the Class C win three laps ahead of John Wadsworth
The 777 of Sam Collins who was in second at the time, ran off track on lap 41, bringing his car into pit lane, the team went straight to the front right of the car.
“We had a front wheel bearing collapse, and I had no breaks, I started overshooting the corners, and I radioed in and I said ‘can we have a quick once over it because somethings not right and it’s dangerous’” Collins said.
Brayden Phillips’ car 43 stopped early in the race with a drive train issue that, forced them out of the race.
The 911 car of Martin Dippie which was expected to start 9th in class didn’t take the race start, choosing to protect their alternator for this afternoon’s three-hour race.
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