Taupo Heat Helps Lobb Retain Lead

It was very warm at Taupo Motorsport Park over the weekend with clear blue skies and the hot hot sun shone throughout round two of the Independent Racing Classes meeting.

The track temperature rose and the competition became fierce in the Formula Suzuki Series.

On Saturday after qualifying on pole in the morning Whangarei driver Caine Lobb battled it out with Sportscar driver Todd Sherley that afternoon in the first of three mixed-grid races but was unable to hold back the more powerful modified race car.

Crossing the finish line in second Lobb took the Formula Suzuki class-win extending his lead over Auckland's Gene Rollinson who placed third and second out of the Suzukis.

"We took over a second off my previous best lap time (in qualification) which is because of the hot track, the tyres we use are quite hard and work well in the heat." said Lobb.

On Sunday the morning was overcast but before long the skies cleared to blue and the blazing sun returned heating up the circuit and all in attendance.

The rolling start had Lobb lined up in second place alongside Todd Sherley who once again pulled into the lead on the circuit. But Lobb's main concern was staying ahead of the other cars in his class mostly Gene Rollinson.

His concern waned when after just three laps misfortune struck Rollinson as it had at Manfeild earlier in the month. Once more a breakage resulted in a DNF for him and a clear win for Lobb over Ryan Belworthy.

For the final Suzuki and Sportscar race of the weekend the start was a handicap affair with Lobb and several others starting from the pitlane adding to the excitement. Lobb in the 175 horsepower open wheeler was to start in front of the 300hp sportscar of Todd Sherley and both behind Gene Rollinson.

The handicapped chase was calculated to hopefully climax near or at the chequered flag dependent on driver's ability to make their way through the pack ahead.

Lobb shot after Rollinson who had been given a timed headstart. It was going to be all about which of the drivers could make their way through the slower cars and keep their lap times fast. Sherley in the sportscar was unable to catch Lobb as he streaked away threading a path through the cars ahead.

Rollinson was keen to make up for not finishing the previous race and was making his way through traffic just as swiftly as Lobb. Towards the end of the race both talented young drivers had cleared the field and were placed first and second. Lobb was closing the gap slowly but eventually ran out of laps to steal the lead away from his Auckland adversary.

He crossed the line just over five seconds afterwards with Sherley a further nine seconds down the field in fourth.

Lobb retains the lead in the Formula Suzuki Series which next meets at Pukekohe Park Raceway over the weekend of 3-5 December.

"We had a really good weekend but I can't wait for our first tier one meeting in a while at Pukekohe in a couple of weeks." said Lobb.

Caine Lobb gets back into the seat of the Mark Cromie Holden V8 Racing Ute on the 5-7th November at Pukekohe Park Raceway where he hopes to reclaim the title after placing runner up last season after winning it the season prior.

This year the ENZED V8 Racing Utes join the BNT V8s in Motorsport New Zealand's premier championship series (Tier One).

 

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