Manuell dominates as Porter stars

Paul Manuell converted his outstanding qualifying speed to a comfortable race win at Hampton Downs on Saturday as Andrew Porter narrowed the gap to series leader Matt Spratt with two more races on Sunday left in the championship.

Manuell made a superb start in his Superfreight Holden and never looked back, stretching out to a very solid early lead early on and with only Peter Ward in the Ward Demolition Holden able to keep him remotely in site over the first half of the race.

The fastest man on track, however, was Andrew Porter in the PorterHire Holden and once he had got through and beyond the battle for fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh he was quick enough to eat into Manuell's lead as he consolidated second place in the race. That second place in the race also converted into enough points to leapfrog Glen Collinson in the DNA Paints in the title race, and both finished ahead of series leader Matt Spratt in the Primogrow Ford Falcon. Spratt, under the weather with illness, was happy to finish the race in one piece and maintain a series lead.

The best battle of the race involved Porter, Collinson, Brett Rudd in the Pallet Supplies LOSCAM Holden, Alexandra Whitley in the LDV Vans Holden, Geoff Spencer in the Coresteel Buildings Holden and Spratt. Front row starter Rudd didn’t make the best of starts and fell into the battle pack and the group duelled throughout. Porter was quick enough to work his way through the battle and Collinson was too. But Glen had no answer for Porter's speed and could not catch Ward, so ended up in fourth.

Rudd hung on to fifth after a spirited fight with Spratt, while Whitley remained a part of the fight but had to settle for seventh. Geoff Spencer took eighth, with Simon Ussher going well to hang onto the group and take ninth. Jeff Kernohan was top Ford Falcon BF finisher and rounded out the top ten.


NZ V8 Utes - Round 4 Hampton Downs - Race 1


1. Paul Manuell - Superfreight Partmaster Holden

2. Andrew Porter - PorterHire Holden    

3. Peter Ward - Ward Demolition Holden

4. Glen Collinson - DNA Paints Ford                  

5. Brett Rudd - Pallet Supplies LOSCAM Holden    

6. Matthew Spratt - Primogrow Ford  

7. Alexandra Whitley - LDV Vans Holden 

8. Geoff Spencer - Coresteel Buildings Holden 

9. Simon Ussher - United Freight Ford 

10. Jeff Kernohan - KCH Ford 

11. Brent Main - Ryco 82C Ford

12. Stu Monteith - Trade Freight Holden 

13. Liam Porter - PorterHire Ford 

14. Joe Farre - Ward Demolition Holden  

15. Mark Weal - Ford Falcon BF   

16. Derek Tremewan - Ford Falcon BF  

17. Joe Farre - Ward Demolition Holden                  

18. Stu Monteith - Trade Freight Holden 



DNF: David Lowe - Ryco 82C Ford

DNF: David Kernohan - KCH Ford