Leighs breaks V8 1hr Pukekohe Dominance

Courtesy of Matt Smith

Anthony Leighs has taken his first ever race win in the North Island Endurance Series where Anthony Leighs has been the first non-v8 powered to win a NIERDC 1hour race since 2014, after Glenn Smith and John de Veth wrapped up the title yesterday.

The race would start with Drama as the star of the show Glenn Smith and John de Veth McLaren 650 S GT3 was nowhere to been seen. It turned out they were stuck in the pits with mechanical issues while Richie Stanaway stalled on the grid.

Tim Edgell led the initial stages of the race where John Midgley was second Lochlainn Fitzgerald Symes in third with Leighs in fourth.

The two Hyundai i30N TCR cars of Rhys Gould and Gene Rollinson who was forced to start from the pits after missing Pit Exit Window started to make their way through the slower traffic

Lochlainn Fitzgerald-Symes spun at hairpin allowing Leighs who had passed Midgley for third both passed him. From there Leighs started to hound Tim Edgell and would eventually force Edgell into a mistake at turn 5 which would allow Leighs to take the race lead.

Sean Kirkpatrick and Grant Aitken would also fall victim to spinning at the hairpin while D1NZ competitor Andrew Redward who was sharing with Mark Mallard had spun at turn 3.

Glenn Smith and John de Veth would eventually start the race however after a tyre puncture and the Championship already wrapped up they elected to pit and retire the car.

Kris Bostock went off the track at turn 1 while after the Pitstops were completed Richie Stanaway had worked his way into third before electrical issue would curley  deny him a podium on his racing comeback.

James Webb who has taken over from Sean Kirkpatrick was on third before Lochlainn Fitzgerald-Symes made a last lap pass to steal P3 overall and the win in GT-C.

Tim Edgell would win GT-B and take second overall Gene Rollinson took Class 2 win for both race and series. Tony Anderson took Class 1 for the race while Grant Aitken and Grant Liston took out Class 1. Mark Mallard and Andrew Redward would win Class 3 for the race.

Courtesy of Matt Smith

Race Results Overall

1st 28 Anthony Leighs Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT3 Blackbull Markets

2nd 8 Tim Edgell Holden Commodore VE V8ST Albany ITM

3rd 26 Lochlainn Fitzgerald-Symes Porsche 997 Ultra Interiors

GT-A

2nd 55 Rhys Gould Hyundai i30N TCR Signature Homes

1st 28 Anthony Leighs Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT3 Blackbull Markets

GT-B

1st 8 Tim Edgell Holden Commodore VE V8ST Albany ITM

2nd 19 John Midgley Ford Falcon FG V8ST Rock and Rubble

3rd 20 Kris Bostock Porsche 991 Gen 1 Action Motorsport

GT-C

1st 26 Lochlainn Fitzgerald-Symes Porsche 997 Gen2 Ultra Interiors

2nd 78 Sean Kirkpatrick/James Webb Porsche 997 Gen 2 Titian Property Group

3rd 5 Geoff and Martin Short Porsche 997 Gen 2 Speedworks Events

Class 1

1st 47 Tony Anderson Ford Falcon BA TL AV8 Motorsport

2nd 54 Darryl Clarke Ford Falcon BA Woll Cookware

3rd 22 Steff Chambers/Cameron McCormack Porsche 996

Class 2

1st 51 Gene Rollinson Hyundai i30N TCR Racer Products

Class 3

1st 84 Mark Mallard/Andrew Redward Toyota 86 Crème Insurance

SERIES RESULTS

Overall

1st 90 Glenn Smith and John de Veth McLaren 650 S GT3 SBT Motorsport 285

2nd 28 Anthony Leighs Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT3 Blackbull Markets 275

3rd 19 John Midgley Ford Falcon FG V8ST Rock and Rubble 255

GT-A

1st 90 Glenn Smith/John de Veth McLaren 650 S GT3 SBT Motorsport 285

2nd 28 Anthony Leighs Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT3 Blackbull Markets 275

3rd 5 Geoff and Martin Short Audi R8 LMS Ultra GT3 Speedworks Events 86

GT-B

1st 19 John Midgley Ford Falcon FG V8ST Rock and Rubble 280

2nd 20 Kris Bostock Porsche 991 Gen1 Action Motorsport 270

3rd 50 Blair McDonald Holden Commodore VE V8ST McDonald Kerbing and Atlas Concrete 252

GT-C

1st 78 Sean Kirkpatrick/James Webb Porsche 997 Gen 2 Titian Property Group 285

2nd 26 Lochlainn Fitzgerald-Symes Porsche 997 Gen 2 Ultra Interiors 271

3rd 5 Geoff and Martin Short Porsche 997 Gen 2 Speedworks Events 266

Class 1

1st 10 Grant Aitken/Grant Liston Porsche 996 262

2nd 44 Todd and Rhys Bawden BMW 235i Online Contractors 240

3rd 964 Chris Fleury Porsche 964 234

Class 2

1st 51 Gene Rollinson Hyundai i30N TCR Racer Products 285

2nd 55 Rhys Gould Hyundai i30N TCR Signature Homes 275

3rd 444 Grant Baguley BMW E46 M3 MacKenzie Motorsport 182

Class 3

1st 115 Mark Meadows Lotus Extige Motul 210

2nd 84 Mark Mallard/Andrew Redward Toyota 86 Crème Insurance  95

3rd 86 Dan and Jon Udy Toyota 86 90

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