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Selwyn Times: March 14, 2018

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SELWYN TIMES Latest Christchurch news at www.star.kiwi Wednesday March 14 2018 25 Title to Prebbleton racer • By Gordon Findlater PREBBLETON driver Jack Milligan claimed the Toyota 86 Championship with a string of podium finishes at the final round of the championship at Hampton Downs at the weekend. Milligan, 21, had a strong but not unassailable lead, heading Michael Scott and Connor Adam by 30 points and 123 points respectively, with three races remaining. Jack Milligan With 75 points available for each race win the championship was still wide open. “THe weekend started well. We were quick in practice and knew we had the speed to get the job done,” said Milligan. Qualifying on the front row for Saturday’s first race, Milligan was up against fellow Prebbleton racer Jaden Ransley, who had taken pole. Ransley, 16, drove the race of his life to hold out Milligan. Milligan was happy to settle for second with his nearest championship rival Scott finishing seventh. “Our main focus was on where Michael [Scott] was. When we knew he was further down the field I didn’t take as many risks I might have normally,” said BATTLE: Jack Milligan (right, front) claimed the Toyota 86 Championship at the weekend. ​ Milligan. In the partial reverse grid race, Jacob Smith had pole with Milligan starting fourth of a field of 14. Milligan carved through the field to attack Smith for lead, fading slightly at lap seven and then surging back to draft Smith down the main straight and almost snatch the victory away. In the final race of the weekend and the championship, Milligan was swamped off the start line as four cars flew through the blind, downhill turn one side by side. Tom Alexander had carved through to lead from Jacob Smith, Milligan now moving through to third and then a lap later overtaking Smith. Alexander and Milligan soon forming a two-car battle for the lead that went all the way to the chequered flag with Alexander taking the honours. “It’s been a long road to the title, a lot of hard but clean racing. I can’t thank the CareVets team enough, my mechanics, Dr Keith Houston who put the CareVets Racing programme together and showed faith in me – it’s been amazing,” an elated Milligan said after the race. He will head to Bathurst in October to compete in the Australian Toyota 86 Racing Series, which is part of the prize for winning the NZ championship. Milligan also plans to race in the North Island and South Island endurance series later this year and is hopeful of securing a drive in a Porsche in Australia in the near future. Milligan’s finished the 86 championship on 1117 points, ahead of Scott in second on 983 points. Ransley finished the championship in fourth on 872 points. WEEDONS HAVE secured a home semi-final in the Canterbury country premier one-day competition after defeating defending champions Sefton at the weekend. A strong first-up bowling effort and an outstanding unbroken eighth-wicket partnership in their run chase saw Weedons to the dramatic two-wicket win at Weedons Domain. Batting first, Sefton’s Lance Taylor produced an excellent innings of 52 off 74 balls which led to what should have been a match-defining innings on a wicket that was difficult after rain during the week. However, the visitors were rolled out for 143 runs inside 42 overs, with Weedons’ Fraser Austin the key destroyer taking 3/30. SPORTS KEY MAN: Weedons’ Fraser Austin bowls at Ollie Bragg. He claimed three crucial wickets. PHOTO: KAREN CASEY Weedons set to host semi-final Weedons’ run chase got off to a dreadful start with the loss of Tom Suyker and Brad Nightingale early to be 6/2. With the middle order failing to fire, Weedons looked down and out at 87/8 in the 34 th over. But Josh Watson (33) and Jack Parker (29) had other ideas, putting together an unbeaten 58 runs to see their side home with two overs to spare. Weedons will now host Cheviot in a semi-final on Saturday. The other semi-final will see Sefton host Leeston-Southbridge, which suffered a 74-run loss to Cheviot at the weekend. In the bottom four competition, Darfield-South Malvern defeated Southbrook by 18 runs. In the other match, Lincoln beat Oxford by one wicket. •More photos, page 26 NEW LOCATION 95 Gasson St The Automotive Lamp Specialists New and Used Lamps for Cars, Trucks, Vans, 4WD and Motorhomes PH 0800 225 483 | 95 Gasson Street, CHRISTCHURCH Our gorgeous range of.. sandwiches, paninis, bagels, scones, slices, muffins, quiches, sausage rolls & pies, coffee and more! CATERING AVAILABLE! Gorgeous Food specialist bakery OPEN SATURDAY 7am - 1.30pm 66-68 Springs Rd Ph: 344 6044 Email: gorgeousfood@xtra.co.nz Open Monday-Friday 6am-3.30pm www.gorgeousfood.co.nz 2018 CANTERBURY SPORTS AWARDS Without our partners, this event would not be possible. www.sportcanterbury.org.nz Proudly sponsored by www.nexiachch.co.nz