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

 

With Hunters & Collectors: The Rolling Stones Announce New Auckland Date

It’s the news New Zealand has been waiting for. The Rolling Stones today confirmed the rescheduled dates and venues for both the Australian and New Zealand legs of their highly anticipated ’14 On Fire’ tour. Now, Frontier Touring is also delighted ... More>>

ALSO:

Flying Things: Conchords, Pretties Help BATS Fly Home

The launch of BATS theatre’s fundraising campaign has taken off – with a bit of help from their friends. And with friends like theirs… An event last night hosted by Te Radar at Wellington’s latest waterfront venue, Shed 6, featured Fly My Pretties and, in a dream-come-true scenario, Flight of the Conchords. More>>

ALSO:

Environment: Zoo’s Own Wētā Workshop Produces Rare Giants For Release

Following unprecedented breeding and rearing success, Auckland Zoo is today releasing 150 of New Zealand’s largest giant wētā, the wētā punga, onto pest-free Motuora Island in the Hauraki Gulf. A further 150 will be released onto Tiritiri Matangi next month. More>>

Girls On Film: Divergent Hits The Big Screen

n January, Catching Fire (the second film in the Hunger Games series) not only became the biggest US box office success of 2013 : it also became the first film starring a female actor (ie. Jennifer Lawrence) to top the annual domestic earnings chart since The Exorcist, 40 years ago. More>>

ALSO:

Wellington.Scoop: No Travel Sanctions For Russian Billionaire’s Superyacht

On the same day that New Zealand announced travel sanctions against selected Russians, a Russian billionaire’s superyacht berthed in Wellington Harbour. More>>

ALSO:

Mental Health: UC Researchers Believe Robots Can Persuade People To Conform

A team of University of Canterbury (UC) researchers and scientists believe robots can persuade people to conform through group pressure... ``Our results showed that robots can induce conformity but to a significantly lesser degree than humans." More>>

NZ On Air: Local Content Holds Steady At 32% Of Television Schedules

Since 1989 NZ On Air has measured local free-to-air television content. The report compares the schedules of the six national free-to-air channels, to observe trends and changes in the local content landscape. More>>

Arts Fest: 2014 New Zealand Festival A Spectacular Celebration

The New Zealand Festival welcomed the world to Wellington over 24 days (21 Feb – 16 Mar) of arts events across the city. “[current figures show] slight increase on the 110,000 tickets issued in 2012. It’s a great result.” More>>

Opera: Happy 70th Birthday Dame Kiri Te Kanawa

Our first lady of song who “feels more like at 15 year old” will celebrate her significant birthday on stage at Covent Garden tomorrow night (Friday morning NZT), performing in the Royal Opera House’s production of La fille du régiment (The Daughter of the Regiment) as La Duchess de Crackentorp. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news