Super Saloon driver Ian Burson in action. Burson won the NZ Grand Prix over the weekend. Photo: Tom Laney/Imagepress.

Nelson drivers top the podium

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Super Saloon driver Ian Burson was a class above the competition in winning the New Zealand Super Saloon Grand Prix at Wellington Speedway on the weekend.

After a couple of flat tyres ruined his New Zealand title chances the week earlier, he showed that he is the quickest saloon driver on clay at the moment. He will be at short odds to back up his success at the South Island title in February and is currently leading the Vertex Super cup series.

Keightley Teece successfully defended his South Island Stock car title in Blenheim, a come-from-the-back effort in the final heat to snatch the win when the points leader Michael Paynter was taken out in the final corner by Thunder team mate Troy Currie, who was also podium bound.

Paynter limped over the line to claim 3rd spot overall, while Currie’s chances ended with his broken car after the hit. Steve Soper qualified for the New Zealand Streetstock finals in Invercargill, after a rain out in the Hydralink War of the Wings in Nelson.

Connor Rangi had success the next day in Blenheim and leads the series once again. Youth Ministock drivers Riley Eathorne and Connor Blackbourn had their first career race wins at Blenheim on the weekend.