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Whitburn and Ball take pole for Pukekohe 2 Hour

A tight qualifying session for the North Island Endurance Series 2-Hour race at Pukekohe has seen David Whitburn and Graham Ball (BMW E92) take pole position.

Less than .1 of a second separated the top three just within the 1min 13sec breakout time.

John Thomson and Oliver Shepherd (BMW 135i) bouncing back from yesterday’s broken drive shaft to take second ahead of the Brent Hay/Antony Te Rito pairing who narrowly miss starting on the front row, finishing just .004 seconds behind Thomson and Shepherd.

Father/son pairing of Brad and Greg Kroef take the grid advantage of a 5-strong V8 Ute contingent and will start from the second row in fourth.

Marco Holtriger (Porsche Cayman 3.4) slotted in between the Kroef’s and fellow V8 Utes competitors Simon Ussher and Jake Stoneman to take fifth for this afternoon’s enduro, just two tenths separating that trio.

Paul and Alex Fougere make it three V8 Utes in the top seven and are followed closely by the Honda Civic of Layton Hammond and Chris Wall who round out the fourth row.

Thomas Mallard and Dion Pitt emerged on top in the battle between the two Toyota 86s with Cormac Murphy and Clay Richards two spots back in 11th.

Cormac Murphy and Dion Pitt will start 11th on the grid. Image: Neville Bailey

It’s another V8 Ute separating that duo, being Stu Monteith and Daniel Ludlam who round out the top 10.

The 2-Hour race begins at 3.13pm this afternoon.

NIERDC Round 1 Two Hour Starting Grid

Position Driver Time
Pole Whitburn/Ball 1:13.206
2nd Thomson/Shepherd 1:13.276
3rd Hay/Te Rito 1:13.280
4th Kroef/Kroef 1:15.080
5th Holtrigter 1:15.193
6th Ussher/Stoneman 1:15.279
7th Fougere/Fougere 1:17.469
8th Wall/Hammond 1:17.528
9th Mallard/Pitt 1:18.496
10th Monteith/Ludlam 1:18.722
11th Murphy/Richards 1:18.861
12th Cooper/Worsnop 1:19.697
13th Ludlam 1:19.976
14th Duffy 1:20.057
15th Gaines/Gerlach 1:20.498
16th Cooper/Cooper Jnr. 1:20.652
17th Fisher/Steele 1:25.917

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