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Three Southland sports car clubs colluded and put on a meet for production and modified saloons. Formula Fords, sports cars and motor cycles. J. Keast driving a Begg MF3 made sure he put himself in a strong position to take the $100 cash prize.
He was driving in the Formula Ford and sports car section with only four other competitors in the first race and two in the second. On 13 points and in the same class as Keast was R. Dunstan in a VW sports.
Ian Tulloch driving in the modified saloon class in his Chev Camaro held third place with 12 points. He was unlucky not to be further up the ladder as only misjudged handicapping kept him in third place.
The close battle in the production saloon made for exciting racing and there was no clear leader with the points very close together. I Tayles (Triumph Dolomite), R. Neilson (Mazda RX4), N. Neilson (Datsun 120Y SSS). All these drivers share 11 points.
Tulloch's arch rival and what was the best spectator's race of the day, J. McIntyre in a Cortina V8. The two stuck close together in the modified saloon section, but Tulloch, managed to gain the edge with McIntyre on 11 points.
The first accident of the meet was in the morning practice, when John Taylor's Datsun 1600 rolled onto its roof but Taylor still managed to finish fourth.
Dave Brown in his V6 Torano came to grief in the last race of the day and was fighting for positions with Tulloch and McIntyre on the first lap. The three cars came together on Castrol Corner and overshot it and crunched into the bank damaging the front of his car.
The weather stayed fine and despite a strong wind the 600 people enjoyed the 13 events.
The Southland Sports Car Club, President, Mr Peter Bunce said that there had been the usual standard of entries and that the racing was probably better than that seen at internationals.
Barry Kilkelly the Southland Sports Car Club best hope for the Firestone Series came in first in the grid start production saloon car race but finished well down in the two handicap races. He won both production races in Timaru a month ago and should be well placed by the end of the Castrol series.
Ian Tulloch leaves in seven weeks time for the Castrol GTX winter series around three North Island circuits, and the big question at the moment is whether he will continue on with the big cars in the GTX series.
He confirmed if he did well in the North Island series and did not have to modify the car too much he will carry on in the Camaro providing the prize money is right. Tulloch went on to say that he was disappointed that no vehicle specifications had been set for either the GTX North Island winter series or the coming Firestone series.
His Chev Camaro is seen as the best record around and in 950 racing miles has had only four tappet adjustments and
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