Henderson ahead despite drama

By Catherine Pattison on Sat, 7 Oct 2017 | Latest News
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Dunedin’s Chris Henderson has won the one-hour races in the first two rounds of the South Island Endurance Series in his Toyota Corolla AE86. PHOTO: GEOFF RIDDER

Chris Henderson has made it two from two in the one-hour race at the South Island Endurance Series (SIES), although his win on Saturday was not without drama.

The Dunedin driver was standing near his V8-powered Toyota Corolla AE86 in the Mike Pero Motorsport Park's pits during a compulsory pit stop with 15 minutes left of the race left to run when a fellow competitor ‘‘collected'' him.

He gave himself ‘‘9.9 for style and agility'' following a quick recovery after his right foot was run over. He managed operate the accelerator and brake for the rest of the race, but realised later that the foot was sprained.

‘‘The adrenaline kept me going,'' he said, laughing.

With another week left before the final SIES round at Timaru International Raceway, his injury should have time to heal so he can go after the series win.

Henderson won the SIES opening round at Teretonga last month in his 6.2-litre, alloy V8-powered Corolla and he will look to ‘‘keep all those Porsches at bay'' in the third and final race.

Two other Otago drivers made the top 10. Alexandra's Bruce Davidson powered his home-built Chevrolet Corvette C6 to sixth place and Cromwell-based Grant Aitken finished 10th in his new Porsche GT4.

In the three-hour race, the International Motorsport Audis of Andrew Bagnall/Matt Halliday and Neil Foster/Jonny Reid dominated the round with a 1-2 finish.However, they are out of overall contention because they missed the opening round.  

Third home was the father and son team of Angus and George MacFarlane (Christchurch).