Day At The Track

McKendry shows them how

06:12 PM 23 Nov 2014 NZDT
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Maurice McKendry - Won the individual title and part of todays winning team
Maurice McKendry - Won the individual title and part of todays winning team

Twelve of the best harness racing reinsmen in Australasia lined up this afternoon in Invercargill for the inaugural Trans Tasman driving challenge and no quarter was asked or given as bragging rights for the next twelve months were on the line.

Chris Alford, Lance Justice, Greg Sugars and Kerryn Manning formed a strong team for the Australians and Justice was his usual confident self prior to the event.

" I have a team of superstars who have probably won more races individually than all the Kiwis put together" he said.

The North Island had a formidable lineup with Maurice McKendry, David Butcher, Peter Ferguson and Zac Butcher being a good combination of experience and youth.

The South Island team also had talent to burn with Dexter Dunn joined by Ricky May, Blair Orange and Nathan Williamson who all having big seasons to this point.

The points system was run on a 10 - 7 - 5 - 3 - 1 basis over the six races and that meant consistency was just as important as winning a heat.

Lance Justice struck first for the Aussies in heat one while Manning and Alford also chimed in with wins  and Sugars a second but they didn't  trouble the scorer much in some heats.

Their combined total after the six heats was 45 points with Chris Alford their highest points scorer with 16 from a win and two placings.

The South Island team were in the points all afternoon but Ricky May was the only driver to record a win in the six races.

Their combined total after six heats was 49 points with Dexter Dunn their highest points scorer with three thirds and 15 points.

The two elder statesmen of the North Island team in Maurice McKendry and David Butcher showed their class throughout the day.

David Butcher collected points in every race while Maurice had a win, two seconds and a third to lay the foundation for a winning total.

Overall the North island team racked up 62 points for a comfortable win while Maurice Mckendry won the individual title on 29 points from his team mate David Butcher on 24 points.

The whole day seemed to enjoyed by all the drivers involved and the Invercargill Harness Racing Club should be congratulated for bringing  todays event to fruition.

Harnesslink Media - Check results here 

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