Cooley extends championship lead

| Photographer Credit: Matt Smith

Wellington driver Brock Cooley has extended his championship lead after winning the latest round of the BNT NZ Touring Car Series at Teretonga Park, Invercargill at the weekend. Cooley achieved the round win with a clean sweep, taking pole position and winning all three races.

Cooley set the fastest time in the Speedy Signs Falcon in qualifying on Saturday morning and then initially placed second on a wet track behind local driver Liam MacDonald in Saturday afternoon’s opening race only to be promoted to first after MacDonald received a penalty for an indiscretion at a restart.

In the reverse grid race on Sunday morning in dry conditions Cooley was quickly into the lead although he dropped back several positions after a restart before coming back through the field to take the win on the last lap of the race. He completed his clean sweep on Sunday afternoon, taking an early lead and pressing on to win easily.

He now holds a 145 point lead in the series with two rounds remaining, at Manfeild in Feilding over the weekend of 13/14 February and at Pukekohe in April.

“It’s bloody good, I’m stoked,” said Cooley as he packed up after a successful weekend at the southernmost circuit in the series. “This weekend was a credit to the team’s hard work, for giving me such a good car all weekend”

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