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What an end to the RYCO 24•7 New Zealand V8 Ute 2019-2020 Championship Series!

Paul Manuell has secured the 2019-2020 RYCO 24•7 New Zealand V8 Ute title after a dramatic day of racing at Hampton Downs on Saturday 19th September.

It was a close one – Manuell secured his second V8 ute racing title by just six points from Glen Collinson after a day of drama when he missed the first race, misfired on the second race and was forced to start from the pit lane.

“It was close today, really close but the team pulled out all the stops to get me out there and thankfully we got home to the title.” Manuell explained.

“We’ve all waited a long time for this final round, and I’d hoped it would be a bit easier, but the racing has been brilliant, and I’m just stoked to win. Hats off to Glen and the others for making it such a thriller,” he said.

Matt Spratt won the round on his return to the category with two wins and second place.

Final Championship Positions:

1 Paul Manuell Holden Commodore 328
2 Glen Collinson Ford Falcon FG 322
3 Andrew Porter Ford Falcon FG 289
4 Peter Ward Holden Commodore 254
5 Matthew Spratt Ford Falcon FG 241
6 Simon Ussher Ford Falcon FG 227
7 Liam Porter Ford Falcon BF 210
8 Dave Lowe Ford Falcon BF 173
9 Roger Nees Ford Falcon BF 168
10= Stu Monteith Holden Commodore 167
10= Paul Fougere Ford Falcon BF 167
12 Greg Kroef Ford Falcon BF 159
13 Brett Rudd Holden Commodore 139
14 Brent Main Ford Falcon BF 128
15 James Parker Holden Commodore 106
16 Jake Stoneman Ford Falcon FG 101
17 Matt Griffin Holden Commodore 73
18 Phil Ross Holden Commodore 47
19 Geoff Spencer Holden Commodore 44
20 Joe Farre (USA) Holden Commodore 42
21 Bruce Gay Ford Falcon FG 14

From Pukekohe, Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, Manfield Circuit back to Hampton Downs – what a year it has been!

The series has run over four rounds and featured several favourites like current champion Paul Manuell, former champion Matthew Spratt, Brett Rudd, Glenn Collinson, Peter Ward and Andrew Porter.

RYCO has had a long and successful history in motorsport and will continue to do so moving forward.

Credit: New Zealand V8 Utes

Photography: Dillon Photography

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