It was a close one – Manuell secured his second V8 ute racing title by just six points from Glen Collinson after a day of drama when he missed the first race, misfired on the second race and was forced to start from the pit lane.
“It was close today, really close but the team pulled out all the stops to get me out there and thankfully we got home to the title.” Manuell explained.
“We’ve all waited a long time for this final round, and I’d hoped it would be a bit easier, but the racing has been brilliant, and I’m just stoked to win. Hats off to Glen and the others for making it such a thriller,” he said.
Matt Spratt won the round on his return to the category with two wins and second place.
Final Championship Positions:
|1 Paul Manuell||Holden Commodore||328|
|2 Glen Collinson||Ford Falcon FG||322|
|3 Andrew Porter||Ford Falcon FG||289|
|4 Peter Ward||Holden Commodore||254|
|5 Matthew Spratt||Ford Falcon FG||241|
|6 Simon Ussher||Ford Falcon FG||227|
|7 Liam Porter||Ford Falcon BF||210|
|8 Dave Lowe||Ford Falcon BF||173|
|9 Roger Nees||Ford Falcon BF||168|
|10= Stu Monteith||Holden Commodore||167|
|10= Paul Fougere||Ford Falcon BF||167|
|12 Greg Kroef||Ford Falcon BF||159|
|13 Brett Rudd||Holden Commodore||139|
|14 Brent Main||Ford Falcon BF||128|
|15 James Parker||Holden Commodore||106|
|16 Jake Stoneman||Ford Falcon FG||101|
|17 Matt Griffin||Holden Commodore||73|
|18 Phil Ross||Holden Commodore||47|
|19 Geoff Spencer||Holden Commodore||44|
|20 Joe Farre (USA)||Holden Commodore||42|
|21 Bruce Gay||Ford Falcon FG||14|
From Pukekohe, Hampton Downs Motorsport Park, Manfield Circuit back to Hampton Downs – what a year it has been!
The series has run over four rounds and featured several favourites like current champion Paul Manuell, former champion Matthew Spratt, Brett Rudd, Glenn Collinson, Peter Ward and Andrew Porter.
RYCO has had a long and successful history in motorsport and will continue to do so moving forward.
Credit: NZ V8 Utes
Photography: Dillon Photography