Poutama takes title in Australasian Young Drivers

09:32 AM 03 Mar 2014 NZDT
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Andre Poutama - AYD Champion

North Island reinsman Andre Poutama claimed the title of Australasian Young Drivers Champion after the final heat was held at Tabcorp Park Menangle in New South Wales yesterday.

The Championships were held over six days, with ten heats run over that period. Ten drivers from across Australasia competed in the Championships.

Poutama took the lead in the second day of competition and maintained a comfortable lead throughout.

From the ten heats, Poutama picked up one win, two seconds, four thirds and a fourth.

The two other representatives from New Zealand, Samantha Ottley and Simon McMullan, also drove well

The two other representatives from New Zealand, Samantha Ottley and Simon McMullan, also drove well throughout the Championship. Ottley was the only driver that could have beaten Poutama heading into the final heat, but after an unlucky run she finished in third place overall. Dylan Ford from Tasmania finished into second, after winning the last heat.

The three representatives from New Zealand are made up of the best North Island driver, the best South Island driver and the driver with the best UDR (Universal Driver Rating), these drivers are all junior drivers as they must be under 25 to qualify for the event.

The 2015 Australasian Young Drivers Championship is set to be held in New Zealand.

Harness Racing New Zealand

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