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South Island Endurance Series crown defended

20 November 2019



In a tight finish, in which eight seconds was the difference between winning and walking away empty-handed, International Motorsport drivers Neil Foster and Jonny Reid have gone back to back in the Carter’s Tyre Service South Island Endurance Series at Mike Pero Motorsport Park.

With an all-Audi title fight emerging, Foster and Reid claimed the top spot in the final race of the season with their Audi R8 LMS GT3, beating out Dale Chapman, Marc Doran, and Andrew Waite in the updated Evo equivalent.

The pair proved a dominant force throughout the season, with wins at Teretonga Park and Timaru International Motor Raceway. Highlands Motorsport Park looked to be theirs as well, before a puncture knocked them out and ensured that the final at Mike Pero Motorsport Park would be a proper bust-up for the title.

“It wasn’t a straightforward race, but we got there in the end,” Foster said. “It was close, and we had to stay ahead of them. Obviously, we have been competitive in all the rounds. We have had to be first or close to it to stay in the hunt … There’s a lot of competition down here, arguably stronger than the North Island series. Our aim was to defend our title, and we have had the pace to do it. Our rivals have done an outstanding job and got closer and closer, so we have had to lift our game.”