Paterson looks to consolidate early lead in South Island F1600 Championship this weekend

| Photographer Credit: Euan Cameron Photography

Christchurch’s Bailey Paterson will look to extend his early lead in the 2019/20 South Island Formula 1600 Championship at the second round in Timaru on Saturday.  Timaru International Raceway host the second of seven rounds with up to 20 cars expected to take the grid.

Paterson (Van Diemen Stealth) had the perfect start to the series at the opening round with fastest qualifying lap and three race wins. 

He will have to contend with half-a-dozen rivals all vying for podiums.  Dunedin’s Cameron Freeman (Van Diemen RF92) twice finished runner up and is just 26-points behind Paterson.  Christchurch’s Steve Donaldson (Van Diemen RF90) took two third placings but a DNF in the opening race sees him sixth overall.

#22 Robert Toshach ahead of #21 Zac Christensen

Rookie standout Zac Christensen (Van Diemen RF92) gave notice to rivals with a well earned second place in the final feature race and sits third overall, nine points behind Freeman.  Previously competing in kartsport, Christensen has gained valuable experience over the winter competing in the North Island Formula First Winter Series.

Within the category there are three separate Classes.  Leading Class 1 (post 2000) Steve Edwards (Mygale) is unable to make the grid which will open the way for Grant Campbell (Van Diemen RF03) to take over the Class lead.

Paterson leads Class 2 (1990-99 year of manufacture) from Cameron and Christensen.

Rookie Ryan Low (Van Diemen RF88) leads Noel Atley (Crossle 55F) in the Historic Class 3 (pre 1990) with Andy Downs (Lola 642E) ready to pounce in third.

Drivers face qualifying and three races at the one-day South Canterbury Car Club meeting with 40-points available for each race win.  At stake for the overall Championship winner is the opportunity to compete in the US Formula 4 Championship in the USA with New Zealand team Crosslink Kiwi Motorsport who offer a substantially discounted rate for the season.

Overall Points after 1/7 rounds (Top 15)

Place     Driver   Car        Points

1            Paterson, Bailey              VD Stealth          122

2            Freeman, Cameron        VD RF92              96

3            Christensen, Zac *           VD RF92              87

4            Noble-Adams, Jack         VD Stealth          82

5            Low, Ryan *       VD RF88              64

6            Donaldson, Steve            VD RF90              62

7            Edwards, Steve Mygale SJ08       60

8            Collins, Anna     VD Stealth          54

9            Spencer-Bower, Simon  VD Stealth          53

10          Downs, Andy     Lola 642E            47

11          Atley, Noel         Crossle 55F         44

12          Campbell, Grant              VD RF03              40

13          Noble-Adams, Oscar *   VD RF90              39

14          Dicey, James      Spectrum 07b    36

15          Freeman, Dyson              VD RF92              31

*Rookie driver

Benjamin Carrell

Benjamin Carrell is a freelance motorsport writer and currently edits both talkmotorsport.co.nz and nzmotorracing.co.nz. He writes for a number of Kiwi drivers and motorsport clubs. That's when he's not working in his horticultural day-job or training for the next road or mtb cycle race!

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