Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Russians star in Kiwi motor racing

Russians star in Kiwi motor racing

The rapid rise of Russian motor racing is reflected in the victory by Egor Orudzhev in today’s opening race of the Toyota Racing Series at Invercargill’s Teretonga circuit.

Indeed all three Russians entered finished in the top 10 of the big field, with Dennis Korneev in fifth and Matevos Isaakyan in ninth.

Orudzhev, 18, started sixth on the grid but made very swift progress.

“I passed two drivers at the start and a third one at the first corner,” he said. “I passed around the outside – I felt that if I stayed behind the guy it’s too slow.”

On lap two Invercargill driver Damon Leitch crashed out of second place when his rear wing flew off at turn two.

“At first I thought I’d spun all by myself but then I looked in the mirror and saw the wing was gone,” Leitch said.

“I went into turn two normally and suddenly it was all go. I thought I was going to hit the wall but luckily it pulled up in time.”

That left top qualifier Steijn Schothorst from the Netherlands with a big lead over Orudzhev but a safety-car period bunched the field up and on the restart Schothorst’s engine went off song and he fell right back to 20th.

Orudzhev took over the lead and maintained a safe gap over another Eastern European driver, Martin Rump from Estonia.

Motorsport was becoming popular in Russia, Orudzhev said, with a lot of young drivers racing karts. Daniil Kvyat – who contested the Toyota Racing Series (TRS) two years ago – enters Formula One with the Toro Rosso team this year, which is generating publicity for the sport.

Russia is also preparing to host a Formula One Grand Prix but Orudzhev, who lives in St Petersburg, said the standard within Russia was still quite low and fast drivers had to race in Europe to make progress. He is preparing for his second season in European Formula Renault 2.0 competition.

Third place went to Australian Jordan Oon and Te Puke driver Michael Scott did well to finish fourth.

Two more TRS races are scheduled for tomorrow, with the final race counting as the Spirit of a Nation Cup, and then the championship continues over the next four weekends. Orudzhev has qualified on pole for the Spirit race.

Cambridge driver Nick Ross took over the lead of the New Zealand V8 Touring Car Championship with victory in his Holden Commodore when the previous leader, Australian Jason Bargwanna, stopped with a mechanical problem in his Toyota Camry.

Bargwanna’s 19-year-old team-mate, AJ Lauder from Turua, took second and Aucklander Shaun Varney came third in his Ford Falcon.

The TL class for the original-specification V8s was a long tussle between Invercargill driver Grant Molloy and Lauder’s younger brother Brad, both in Falcons. Brad Lauder exerted huge pressure and nearly crashed when he went partly on the grass at turn one, but Molloy held on till the end. A later enquiry into the start of the race resulted in Lauder winning the race and Molloy dropping to third.

Another local victory came in the Formula Ford race, as rookie Jamie Conroy held a safe lead throughout to beat the more experienced Michael Collins. Conroy said his French Mygale was particularly stable through the long, fast turn one, known as the Loop and regarded as a crucial part of the track for setting a good lap time.

Each class has two more races tomorrow.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Scoop Review Of Books: From Here And There

Being Chinese: A New Zealander’s Story
by Helene Wong.
This is the fascinating story of Helene Wong, born in 1949 in Taihape to Chinese parents: her mother, born soon after her parents migrated here, and her father, born in China but sent to relatives in Taihape at seven to get an education in English. More>>

Chiku: Hamilton Zoo's Baby Chimpanzee Named

Hamilton Zoo has named its three-month-old baby chimpanzee after a month-long public naming competition through the popular zoo’s website. The name chosen is Chiku, a Swahili name for girls meaning "talker" or "one who chatters". More>>

Game Over: Trans-Tasman Netball League To Discontinue

Netball Australia and Netball New Zealand have confirmed that the existing ANZ Championship format will discontinue after the current 2016 season, with both organisations to form national netball leagues in their respective countries. More>>

NZSO Review: Stephen Hough Is Perfection-Plus

He took risks, and leant into the music when required. But you also felt that every moment of his playing made sense in the wider picture of the piece. Playing alongside him, the NZSO were wonderful as ever, and their guest conductor, Gustavo Gimeno, coaxed from them a slightly darker, edgier sound than I’m used to hearing. More>>

ALSO:

Howard Davis Review: King Lear At Circa

In order to celebrate it's 40th birthday, it is perhaps fitting that Circa Theatre should pick a production of 'King Lear,' since it's also somewhat fortuitously Shakespeare's 400th anniversary. If some of the more cerebral poetry is lost in Michael Hurst's streamlined, full throttle production, it's more than made up for by plenty of lascivious violence designed to entertain the groundlings. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Tauranga Books Festival

Escape to Tauranga for Queen’s Birthday weekend and an ideas and books-focused festival that includes performance, discussion, story-telling, workshops and an Italian-theme morning tea. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news