Photos courtesy of Matt Smith
Glenn Smith and John de Veth made a late race pass on Anthony Leighs to take Round 3 of Golden Homes North Island Endurance Series for 1Hour Race with Geoff and Martin Short taking home third position.
Glenn Smith started the McLaren 650 S GT3 and led the early stages of the race Sam Collins was able to make a move on Anthony Leighs for second position. John Midgley would have a day to forget when he suffered at tyre failure in the first 10minutes and the David McAlpine/Kynan Yu Porsche 991 Gen 2 would be an early retirement.
The first safety car would be called soon after when Conal Dempsey’s Porsche had stop on the front straight but managed to get back going when the field got back racing.
The field would make the pitstop as a second safety car hadn’t yet appeared. John McIntyre had managed to pass Lochlainn Fitzgerald-Symes for fourth position while Nick Archibald spun at turn 1.
However, a second safety car finally came when Sam Collins had got his Marc Gen2 Mustang stuck at turn 7. Leighs was able to get his pitstop done under safety car conditions and was set to break the Smith and de Veth dominance.
John de Veth was able to pass Leighs on the restart and take the win with Leighs second and Martin Short who had taken over from Geoff Short would finish third.
Brock Timperley and John McIntyre took Class 1 win and fourth overall with Gene Rollinson taking Class 2 win and finishing fifth overall Sean Kirkpatrick and James Webb would take their third straight GT-C win and taking sixth overall. Nick Ross would take GT-B win and seventh place overall.
Smith and de Veth lead the Championship on 190points with Leighs second on 180 points and John Midgley sits third on 176 points.
Overall and GT-A
1st 90 Glenn Smith and John de Veth McLaren 650 S GT3 SBT Motorsport
2nd 28 Anthony Leighs Audi R8 LMS GT3 Blackbull Markets/Caryle Performance
3rd 5 Geoff and Martin Short Audi R8 LMS GT3 Speedworks Events
1st 007 Nick Ross Nissan Altima L33 TLX Total Lubricants, Concept Motorsport
2nd 50 Blair McDonald Holden Commodore VE V8ST McDonald Kerbing, Atlas Concrete
3rd 20 Kris Bostock Porsche 991 Gen 1 Action Motorsport
1st 78 Sean Kirkpatrick/James Webb Porsche 997 Titian Property Group
2nd 26 Lochlainn Fitzgerald-Symes Porsche 997 Ultra Interiors
3rd 77 Wayne Leach/Paul Burborough Ferrari 458 Challenge Winger Group
1st 47 Brock Timperley/John McIntyre Ford Falcon BA TL AV8 Motorsport, Erosion Control, Branded Beer
2nd 135 Tim Martin/Luke Neuberger Nissan R35 GTR Downforce Driving Academy/Remraf Racing
3rd 10 Grant Aitken/Grant Liston Porsche 996
1st 51 Gene Rollinson Hyundai i30N TCR Racer Products
2nd 55 Rhys Gould Hyundai i30N TCR Signature Homes
3rd 444 Grant Baguley BMW E46 M3 Mackenzie Motorsport
1st 115 Mark Meadows Lotus Extige Motul