In brief, the Taupo round of the RYCO 24•7 NZ V8 Utes racing series was one of mixed fortunes! In the end, Shane Dias won the round with two race wins, yet for other competitors, it was a weekend of panel beating and head-scratching. With two more races on the weekend of 26th – 28th of March in Taupo, it was still a 4-horse race between Peter Ward, Shane Dias, father and son duo – Brad, and Greg Kroef.
Unleashing the results for RYCO 24•7 NZ V8 Utes Championship – Round 3
Dias started Sunday’s reverse grid Race Two in fast forward. After starting at the back, Dias worked his way up to lead by lap three with championship hopeful Brad Kroef chasing hard.
Further back in the midfield, however, the drama was unfolding. As Simon Ussher approached the back straight on lap 3, he locked up and ran wide into Stu Monteith’s Holden. Sensing carnage ahead, Phil Ross braked, locked up, nudged Brad Kroef, then hit Monteith… hard. Out came the safety car and in went a bruised and battered Ross into the pits.
Despite the mayhem, Brad Kroef recovered to ultimately win Race Two as gear linkage issues relegated Dias to 2nd just ahead of Greg Kroef and championship leader Ward in 4th.
With the title race closing, Race Three in the afternoon was destined to be a heated affair. Dias and Brad Kroef were in the front row. When the lights went out it was a drag race to turn one. Brad Kroef prevailed. Dias piled on the pressure and managed to get around Brad Kroef on the back straight. From there, his race was in the bag!
Yet, as Dias kept extending his lead, the battle between the two Kroefs and Ward was less predictable. Brad Kroef was holding onto second, but father Greg was trying to get around the highly experienced Ward in third. Trying perhaps a little too hard – Greg Kroef braked late and ran off into the kitty litter at the start of lap 7 and Ward left him for dust.
That’s how the positions of the championship contenders remained at the chequered flag. So as Dias celebrated his 27th birthday that weekend, two race wins and a second place gave him something more to celebrate, helping close the gap to championship leader Ward.
So as the points battle in Bruce McLaren Motorsport Park tightens, it sets up a nail-biting final round for the RYCO 24•7 NZ V8 Utes final round at Hampton Downs in 4 weeks.
SERIES POINTS AFTER ROUND 3:
|1st||Peter Ward||Holden||315 points|
|2nd||Shane Dias||Holden||271 points|
|3rd||Brad Kroef||Ford||270 points|
|4th||Greg Kroef||Ford||233 points|
|5th||Simon Ussher||Ford||207 points|
|6th||Paul Fougere||Holden||184 points|
|7th||Stu Monteith||Holden||172 points|
|8th||Bruce McRae||Holden||170 points|
|9th||David Lowe||Holden||148 points|
|10th||Phil Ross||Holden||115 points|
|11th||Daniel Ludlam||Ford||112 points|
|12th||Brent Martin||Holden||60 points|
|13th||Nick Ross||Holden||58 points|
Gear up for Round 4 at Hampton Downs Motorsport Park from 22nd –24th April 2022!
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Photography Credit: Dillon Photo NZ
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