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Posted 20 July 2015 - 05:31 PM

Handy placings for three racers: [2 Edition]
Waikato Times [Hamilton, New Zealand] 29 Nov 2002: MT; 41.

Three Palmerston North chargers were handily placed after the Formula Ford motor racing championship's second round at Manfeild on Sunday.

Nelson Hartley, 16, Chris Pither, 15, and Michael Shepherd, 23, ran strongly in the two heats, run over 10 and 18 laps respectively.

The intensity of the competition meant only Pither improved on his overall position in the standings, while Hartley -- the fastest of the three -- was left wondering whether a desperate passing bid had cost him the chance to take control of the single-seater series. A non-finish in the second race when he and eventual winner Johnny Reid, of Auckland, also in a Van Diemen Stealth, swapped the lead 11 times was Hartley's downfall.

Their intense battle was settled when Hartley audaciously attempted to overtake his rival on the outside of a corner on the last lap. The move had worked for Hartley two laps before, but this time the teens' cars touched and the local driver spun off in the gravel.

"I think I might have cut in a bit too early and his (left) front wheel clipped the inside of my (right) rear," Hartley said.

He fell from third to sixth in the standings and knowing he must be in winning form when racing resumes at Invercargill on January 4- 5.

Auckland's Simon Gamble, with sixth and second placings, overtook Hamilton's Simon Richards as the series leader but there are just two points between them.

Pither jumped from fifth to third in the overall standings, whereas Shepherd, who went into the round in fourth place, fell to fifth.

Though his new Stealth Van Diemen car was not working entirely to his liking in the hot and dry conditions, Hartley took pole in Saturday's qualifying and was in dynamic form in the opening race, conceding the win to Reid by just a few tenths of a second.

The round was heartening for schoolboy racer Pither, whose fourth and third places in his Spectrum made up for a disappointing showing at last month's opener at Pukekohe.

Shepherd, in his first Formula Ford season after winning the Formula First title two years on the trot, had tamed an engine misfire and handling problems.

Big banger action in the Osca super saloon series saw Mustang runner Kim Buckley win the scratch race then take three seconds in the handicapped events.

The second pre-65 event brought a win to Palmerston North's Bruce Robertson. He hustled through a busy pack from the midfield to take the lead on the last lap.

Formula Ford, race one: Johnny Reid (Auck), Van Diemen RF94 Stealth 1, Nelson Hartley (Palm Nth) Van Diemen RF94 Stealth 2, Simon Richards (Hamilton) Van Diemen RF01 3. Race two: Reid 1, Simon Gamble (Auck) Van Diemen RF90 2, Chris Pither (Palm Nth) Spectrum 08 3.

Championship points (provisional): Gamble 86, Richards 84, Pither 75, Reid 74, Michael Shepherd (Palm Nth) Van Diemen Stealth, 66, Hartley 64.

Formula First, race one: Paul Butler (Auck) Sabre Comet 1, Selby Allison (Wanganui) Alvee SA4 2, Leo Francis (Auck) Challenge 3. Race two: Francis 1, Allison 2, Cliff Field (Auck) Sabre Vee 3. Race three: Butler 1, Francis 2, Field 3.

Osca super saloons,
race one: Kim Buckley (Chch) Ford Mustang 1, Dennis Running (Auck) Chev Camaro 2, Steve Ross (Dunedin) Oldsmobile Cutlass 3. Race two: Evan Munt (Chch) Chevrolet Commodore 1, Buckley 2, Grant Brennan (Tauranga) Chev Camaro 3. Race three: Laine Etwell (Chch) Honda Civic V8 1, Buckley 2, Lawrence Knowler (Invercargill) Brennan Camaro 3.

SS2000 saloons, race one: Brian Gray (Tauranga) Mazda RX7 1, Cameron Jones (Palm Nth) Mazda RX2 2, David Steel (Tauranga) Toyota Trueno 2, Cameron Jones (Palm Nth) Mazda RX2 3. Race three: Tim Rooney (Paraparaumu) Toyota Starlet 1, Brent Lander (New Plymouth) Honda Civic 2, Cameron Jones (Palm Nth) Mazda RX2 3.

Osca versus S2000: Tony Boyden (Dannevirke) Chev Camaro 1, Buckley 2, Alan Montgomery (Palm Nth) Mazda RX3 3.

Kiwi sports sedans, race one: Gavin Stewart (Auck) Mazda RX7 1, Bob Hyslop (Tnga) RX7 2, Alan Montgomery (Palm Nth) Mazda RX3 3. Race two: Stewart 1, Hyslop 2, Montgomery 3. Race three: Colin Sargison (Rotorua) Holden HQ 5.7-litre 1, John Telford ( Dannevirke) Toyota Starlet 2000 2, Alan Montgomery (Palm Nth) Mazda RX3 3.

RX7, race one: Aaron Judd (Auck) 1, Nigel Hanley (Auck) 2, Lee Hyslop (Tauranga) 3. Race two: Judd 1, Nigel Hanley (Auck) 2, Brett Killip (Ham) 3. Race three: Judd 1, Hanley 2, Hyslop 3.

Pre-65 sedans, race one: Justin Haworth (Te Awamutu) Ford Mustang 1, Phil Waldrom (Waipukurau) Ford Falcon 2, Graham Haworth (Te Awa) Mustang 3. Race two: Bruce Robertson (Palm Nth) Chevrolet Nova 1, Graham Haworth 2, Waldrom 3. Race three: Justin Haworth 1, Gary Parkes (Palm Nth) Holden HD 2, Shane Lamont (Gisborne) Ford Falcon 3.

Minis, race one: Jim Collier (Auck) 1, Jason Ingram (Feilding) 2, James Parker (Waiuku) 3. Race two: Tom Ryan (Auck) 1, Warren Heron (Auck) 2, Bruce Carter (Patumahoe) 3. Race three: Heron 1, Don McVeigh (Auck) 2, Collier 3.

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 05:33 PM

Cambridge win boat duel
Anonymous. The New Zealand Herald [Auckland, New Zealand] 09 Apr 2007: C.4.

Brennan seals Taupo win Tauranga driver Grant Brennan sealed championship victory in the New Zealand Super Sedan series in Taupo yesterday. Brennan arrived at the final round nine points clear of Auckland driver Steve Cox, with Papakura driver Dean Evans and Waitara's Ross Calgher also in championship contention. Brennan won Saturday's handicap race from the back of the grid in his Corvette SB2. He made sure of the title with two second placings. The first, in the rolling-start scratch race, came after a superb dice with Dayne Running in a Chev Camaro.

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 05:34 PM

Speedy saloons in impressive debut
Anonymous. The Daily Post [Rotorua, New Zealand] 30 Oct 2009: A.20

The new GTRNZ racing category featuring the fastest saloon cars in the country made a strong debut at the Taupo Motorsport Park over Labour weekend.

The new category is split into three classes, GT1 and GT2 which race together and NZGT which run in separate races.

Tauranga's Grant Brennan was the dominant GT1 driver at Taupo, winning all three races in his Corvette with John Rae of New Plymouth in his C5 Corvette the runner-up on each occasion.

Former NZ Super Sedan champion Dayne Running (Drury) was third in the opening race on Saturday afternoon in his Corvette. Sunday's races saw Cameron Jones of Palmerston North take third in the morning in his rotary powered Chev Camaro while Tauranga driver Bernie Gillon snared third in the final race after starting from pitlane with a clutch problem.

In the GT2 section the wins were shared between Mark Ross of Taupo in a Ford Mustang and NZV8 driver Nick Ross of Cambridge in a Toyota Altezza V8.

Others to the fore in the GT2 Class were Craig Corliss who took his Falcon V8 Supercar to a fourth and two second placings while Aucklander Wayne Conder in a Chev Camaro and Te Puke driver Peter Stewart in his Chev Cortina were second and third respectively in the opening race on Saturday.

The large NZGT race fields provided great entertainment with three different winners.

Tauranga's Greg Kilworth won Saturday's race in his Mazda RX7 in a close finish from Feilding driver Graham Barnes in a Capri and Kohimarama Porsche driver Kevin Cantwell in third.

Brock Cooley of Wellington won Sunday morning's race in his Mitsubishi Evo ahead of Kilworth and the final race went to Whitford's Conal Dempsey in a Porsche 964 RS when he passed David Brennan (Nissan Cefiro) in the final corner.

The three classes of GTRNZ have their next outing at Pukekohe Park on December 5-6.
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Posted 20 July 2015 - 05:36 PM

Riders home to thrill Taupo crowd
Anonymous. Bay of Plenty Times [Tauranga, New Zealand] 27 Oct 2010: A.12.

International riders Cody Cooper (Papamoa) and Ben Townley (Mount Maunganui) provided the highlight at the annual Taupo Labour Weekend motocross extravaganza on Sunday.

In his first ride since injuring his back and elbow at the final round of the Australian Champs in July, Suzuki racer Cooper went into battle with Townley, who recently returned from a successful comeback campaign in the US. Townley was also making his return to the Kawasaki marque he'll ride in next year's MX1 World Championship.

The pair shared the honours in the first two MX races before victory in the Nicky Smith Memorial Feature race earned Cooper the overall win by three points.

"I hadn't raced for so long and it was great to get back on the bike," said Cooper, who gave the rebranded Power Balance Suzuki team a debut win.

"Ben and I went for a ride last week and I spent some time practising my starts and I got good starts all day."

Cooper and Townley are preparing for the New Zealand rounds of the Australasian Super-X series at Albany and Dunedin next month.

"I probably took a few people by surprise turning up on Sunday but it was seven years since I'd last raced at Taupo and I really wanted to race at my home track," said Townley.

"It was nice to get out and race in front of all the people who have supported me for so long."

Completing a double for Suzuki was Hawera's Brad Groombridge who won the MX2 class after a tie-break decider with veteran Darryll King (Yamaha).

Tauranga's Logan Blackburn continued his strong form and finished runner-up to Dion Picard in Saturday's 15-16 year 125cc junior racing and then contested the under-21 125cc category on Sunday and finished in eighth place on his Bayride Yamaha YZ125.

In other junior racing, Tauranga's Cameron Forlong (Suzuki) dominated the 12-13 years 85cc age group with three wins from three starts.

The Saturday racing also saw two Tauranga riders claim North Island Mini MX titles.

Luke McClymont won the 6-8 years 50cc MX class by four points from Tauranga clubmate Trent Duggan and Jacob Hunt was the youngest North Island champion crowned at Taupo with three wins and second placing in four heats to secure the 4-7 years 50cc title.

McClymont and Hunt are preparing to race for New Zealand titles at the Mini MX Nationals at Huntly on November 13-14.Herbert into lead A new lap record and moving into the series points lead headlined a successful Labour Weekend at Taupo's Centennial Park circuit by Tauranga racing driver Justin Herbert.

Herbert is contesting the SS2000 series in the SpeedFactor Honda Integra and, having finished runner-up at both rounds to date - Manfeild earlier this month and Taupo last weekend - the Tauranga racer now holds an 18-point lead in the series.

Herbert's scorecard for the weekend saw him qualify on pole position and win the scratch race on Saturday afternoon.

Sunday's first handicap race presented Herbert with a 95-second deficit to make up and, with the Integra slowed with a failing CV joint in the closing laps, he finished eighth.

But in race three of the weekend, from a 90-second handicap, he made it to second place and within 1sec of the victory. In the chase Herbert set a new lap record of 1m 38.674 that would make him competitive in the GT2 category against cars with more than twice the horsepower.

Also performing strongly at the Taupo meeting was Tauranga's Brian Gray in his quad-rotor Mazda RX7. He won twice in the GT2 category of the GTRNZ series before he was slowed with a braking problem in the final handicap race.

Tauranga's Grant Brennan (Corvette) was the quickest of the GT1 racers class but posted a non-finish in Saturday's race.

Pongakawa 15-year-old Michael Scott has established himself as a consistent top-10 contender on the Formula First grid this season with a seventh on Saturday and a 10th place on Sunday morning. The Sunday race would have seen him sixth but he was one of several drivers handed a 10sec penalty for a jump start.

Tauranga drivers make up a big proportion of the Pre-65 saloon car grid and the leading performance over the weekend came from XM Falcon V8 driver Peter Stevenson who qualified fourth and posted second, fourth and ninth placings in the three races.

For most of the classes competing as part of the IRC Summer of Thunder tour, the next outing is the Thunder in the Park event at Pukekohe on December 4-5.Stanaway to academy The latest step in the fast-moving career of young Tauranga racing driver Richie Stanaway has been the decision to apply to join a new driver development scheme being established by the FIA, the world governing body of motorsport.

The FIA Institute Academy is a new project to develop young driver talent worldwide. It will be trialled next year - with a view to full implementation in future years - and involves the creation of a young driver academy that provides opportunities for upcoming drivers to develop the skills they need to progress their motor sport careers.

In its first year, the academy will select 10 drivers - with at least one driver chosen from each of five regions: North, Central and South America; Western and Northern Europe; Central and Eastern Europe; Middle East and Africa; Asia and Oceania.

The FIA Institute is teaming up with former Formula One driver and two-time Le Mans winner Alex Wurz as well as former World Rally Champion co-driver Robert Reid to lead the programme.

The goals of the academy are to prepare young drivers to compete at the pinnacle of the sport, to boast skills in driver and road safety and to promote the principles of safety, fairness and responsibility on and off the track.

The academy will be fully funded by the FIA Foundation and managed by the FIA Institute, as part of the Motor Sport Safety Development Fund's Young Driver Safety Programme.

National sporting bodies have until October 29 to put forward two candidates to the FIA Institute. The academy is targeted at young race and rally drivers, aged between 17-23, who have consistently achieved outstanding results in their career so far, have completed at least their first year of circuit racing or rallying in 2010 and are planning to compete in a European-based series in 2011.

At 18, with victory in Germany's ADAC Formula Masters Championship this season and plans to race in Europe again next year, Stanaway meets the selection criteria.

Twenty finalists will be announced in early December to participate in a three-day final selection event in Austria in February next year. From there, the top 10 will be chosen.
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Posted 20 July 2015 - 05:38 PM

6 laps with ... Robert Jack
Anonymous. Bay of Plenty Times [Tauranga, New Zealand] 27 Apr 2007: M.22.

BEING a relative late comer to motor racing - he didn't race until almost turning 50 - hasn't prevented Tauranga's Robert Jack from becoming a front runner in the Schaeffer Oils NZ Super Sedan series. The season just completed saw the Bay of Plenty region Cookie Time distributor finish fifth in the series driving his potent Ford Escort V8.

1 When did you start in motorsport?

Back in the early `seventies I built a few Mini 7s for some mates and also pit crewed for Allan McCully running a Begg Formula 5000 car. I brought an ex-Grant Brennan Escort that had been in storage and had the original alloy block freshened and latest parts were used. I had first race four years ago as a rookie in NZ Super Sedans.

2 Tell us about your car?

The car is a MkII Ford Escort fitted with a Falcon diff, Jerico gearbox, full Brodix 6-litre V8, dry sumped and producing 740hp. I run in super sedans with cars from both the past and brand new ones. We have a good field of cars and you can see these at

3 What's been your racing highlight?

Winning a race gives you a good buzz. But I have lead the series two years in a row only to break an axle one year and blow a gearbox the next.

4 Who are your racing heroes?

No racing hero, I just like watching good, hard, close racing. I admire my fellow racers for accident free racing.

5 My racing dream is?

Just a simple dream, to race at the Hamilton street race.

6 Thanks - without the help of these people I wouldn't be able to go racing:

I would like to thank my brother in law Peter Strong, "pit bitch" Gordon Tucker, brother Tony and my family for the effort they have put in.
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Posted 20 July 2015 - 05:39 PM

Knowler cracks saloon car drought: [1 Edition]
BURDON, Nathan. The Southland Times [Invercargill, New Zealand] 09 May 2003: 24.

THE coffee table groaning under the weight of half a dozen trophies in the garage tells the story.

Invercargill part-time racing car driver Laurie Knowler has cracked a long-time drought for the Southland Sports Car Club by winning the Open Saloon Car Association's seven meeting series.

After 37 years in the sport, Knowler becomes just the second Southlander to claim the major New Zealand motor racing prize, following on from well-known Eastern Southland club racer Ian "Inky" Tulloch who held the trophy aloft in 1979.

Knowler and his 5800cc Brennan Camaro didn't have it all their own way during the OSCA season.

After missing the opening round because he was overseas, Knowler found a rule change meant he could not use that round as the one meeting racers had to drop from their overall score.

Despite the setback, he went into the final round with an 80- point lead, big enough that he could not be hauled back.

The OSCA series was contested by about 15 mainly South Island drivers, although one of the rounds was raced at the Manfeild track in the North Island.

Knowler, who races with the support of the Herbert Street Store, Howard Kingsford Smith Motor Painters, Southern Paints, Clive Wilson Computers and Brennan Racing, does all the maintenance work on the car himself.

He sends the engine to Grant Brennan in Tauranga for servicing.

Knowler said he owed much of his success to the car, which had been 100 percent reliable throughout the season.

"The highlight was racing at Manfeild in the North Island, but I also had my son come over from Australia to help out with two of the meetings," Knowler said.


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Posted 20 July 2015 - 05:42 PM

Bay driver faces `world class' rookie
Anonymous. Bay of Plenty Times [Tauranga, New Zealand] 04 Apr 2007: A.14.

TAURANGA'S Callum McInnes has learned he will face some world class competition in his New Zealand Rally Championship rookie campaign.

Stepping up to a newly built Subaru Impreza Group N car after a successful regional campaign in 2006, the Tauranga driver's rival for top rookie honours will be former WRC star Alister McRae (Scotland).

McRae, the younger brother of former world champion Colin and a former WRC Hyundai and Mitsubishi factory driver in his own right, is planning to contest the full New Zealand championship for the first time, qualifying him as a rookie.

The championship begins with the Otago Rally on April 14-15.

"I thought we had a good chance at the rookie title until I heard Alister McRae was competing," says McInnes.

"It's going to make it hard to win the rookie champs but I think it's good for the profile of the championship to have a driver like him here.

"It will give everyone a chance to measure themselves against a world class rally driver."

McInnes has had a rapid rise through the rallying ranks. From contesting a small number of club events in 2005 he moved into the second-tier Rally Extreme Series last year and only missed out on winning the title on a countback.

With co-driver Linda Loughlin he moves up to the top level of the sport this year with a 2006 model Subaru Impreza STi. The car arrived in early January as a road car and is now fully modified to Group N production car specs.

"Dave Loughlin at Prospeed Developments had put a lot of hours into the car," says McInnes.

The Impreza is a switch from the Mitsubishi Lancer he campaigned last season.

"Just looking at the results over the last few years you can see that Subaru is the way to go," he says.

Along with chasing the former WRC ace for NZRC rookie honours McInnes has other goals.

"I think the New Zealand championship will be a huge step up from last year. I want to learn the car and learn the rallies.

"I hope to be able to finish in the top five by the end of the season and move up to run in the top three next year."

His programme is the full six-round New Zealand Championship beginning with the Otago Rally.

"The only rallies I've done before are Whangarei and Wairarapa. The other four are new for me.

"But that will be just like last year when I hadn't done any of the rallies before."

The Otago Rally is a two-day event based on the Taieri coast and Lake Waihola districts.

"I've watched some in-car footage and it looks very cresty. You have to believe the pace notes and keep the speed up," he says.

As well as the national champs McInnes plans to run the new Subaru as the course opening zero-car at the Tauranga Clubmans Rally on April 28.

Easter of trials The Easter weekend challenges for teenage trials stars Jake Whittaker (New Zealand) and Kyle Middleton (Australia) have been set by a rider with more than 30 years experience in the sport.

Tauranga's Warwick Merriman will sit out this weekend's Tauranga Easter Trial, which doubles as Oceania Trials Champs and two rounds of the Beta North Island title, and instead apply his experience to designing the course for the weekend.

Merriman finished second in the Intermediate grade at the NZ Champs last year but this weekend he is the Clerk of the Course and has devised the sections which will test riders over two days of competition.

Saturday's course is at No4 Rd Te Puke and on Sunday the riders continue the contest at Hereford Rd, Oropi.

"The first day is mainly tree roots and a quarry where the terrain is rocky and fairly steep. It requires the riders to be in high gears a lot of the time," says Merriman.

"Tony Grayling's property on Sunday is the rocky bed of the Waimapu River. The sections are on rocks and boulders with some hillclimbs and there is very good viewing with only a moderate walk."

The course must test riders in five different grades, from Experts class riders like 15-year-old Whittaker and Middleton, 17, who will compete head-to- head in the Oceania event to club level and junior riders.

"I'm looking for the expert top riders like Jake or New Zealand champ Warren Laugesen to lose between 30 and 100 points a day," says Merriman.

"Any less and I've made it too easy and anymore it's too difficult.

"The event goes on regardless of the weather. If it's wet we modify the sections a little bit but it makes it even more challenging."

Completing each day will see riders in the saddle for between four and five hours and tackling four loops of the 10 competitive sections.

"It's very similar to a 4WD Rally with the main difference being the trial you complete four laps of the course," Merriman says.

The Easter Trial is an annual Tauranga Trials Group fixture while the Oceania Champs is a revived transtasman event that hasn't been held for several years.

The Oceania competition involves teams of three riders. In addition to Whittaker and Middleton squaring off in the Experts grade the Masters class sees veteran Kevin Pinfold (Manawatu) up against 2006 NSW Masters champion Kerrin Phillips - an expat Kiwi - and a junior class battle pits 16-year-old Matt Foster (New Plymouth) against 15-year- old Jason Byrne from Sydney, the runnerup at the 2006 Australian Junior title.

The action begins at 10am each day with free spectator admission.

Ingram wins sprint After runnerup finishes in 2005 and 2006, Toyota Starlet Turbo driver Brent Ingram went one better and won the annual Old Coach Rd Sprint event last weekend.

Using the Tauranga Mount Motorsport Club sprint as a shakedown for this weekend's SS2000 race series final at Taupo and for the Rotorua Targa event in June, Ingram was almost four seconds quicker than his nearest opponent in the 25-car field.

In spite of only completing two timed runs and not going as quickly as he'd hoped.

"I'd missed a gear on the previous run so I was hoping to improve on my last run. But it started to rain just as I was waiting on the startline so I decided not to run and let the marshals pack up early," he said.

Young Rotorua driver Sloan Cox finished second in a Nissan Pulsar GTi-R ahead of Tauranga's Rick Percy (Subaru Impreza STI) and the crowd-pleasing Ford Thunderbird of Mark Pidduck (Tauranga).

TMMC Old Coach Rd tarmac sprint - results:

1 Brent Ingram (Toyota Starlet GT Turbo) 1m 37.88s; 2 Sloan Cox (Nissan Pulsar GTi-R) 1m 41.69s; 3 Rick Percy (Subaru Impreza STI) 1m 47.75s; 4 Mark Pidduck (Ford Thunderbird) 1m 48.81s; 5 Brendan Faulkner (Honda Integra) 1m 48.88s; 6 Andy Belcher (Toyota MR2) 1m 49.88s; 7 Peter Blackie (Honda Integra) 1m 50.90s; 8 Nigel Percy (Mazda RX7) 1m 51.06s; 9 Chris Hawkes (Chev) 1m 52.19s; 10 Ian Carrol (Ford Escort) 1m 52.28s. 2.5 Speedway in the Valley Rotorua's Hydraulink Raceway at Paradise Valley provides the speedway action for the holiday weekend with the annual Hickey Contractors Easter Extravaganza.

The two-night Easter meet features Super Stocks and two groups of Stock Cars on both Saturday and Sunday with both individual and "best pairs" competition.

The Saturday night the programme also includes Mini Sprints and Production Saloons. On Sunday it's the turn of Modifieds, Youth Mini Stocks and Saloons to complete the season. Racing starts at the earlier time of 6pm both nights.

Taupo showdowns The Taupo motor race circuit has a busy two-day Easter race meeting with series finals in a host of classes.

The Radio Network national motor race meeting will see 11 classes in action with the main drawcards being the final of the Printstop National OSCA series as well as the Bridgestone Porsche, NZ Super GT, Kumho Tyres Pre-65, Total Lubricants SS2000 and Schaeffer Oils NZ Super Sedan categories.

Each class has a qualifying session and one race on Saturday with the Sunday programme featuring two races for each class.

In the super sedans, Tauranga's Grant Brennan holds a narrow lead heading into the final round.

Several drivers remain in championship contention with Brennan leading the series after five of the six rounds in his Corvette SB2 by nine points over Aucklander Steve Cox (F40 Silhouette).

Brennan was a standout performer when the series last visited Taupo in February, winning two of the three races and also lowering the lap record twice during that meeting.

One of his goals for the final round this weekend is to lower the record for the class still further.

"I had really old tyres last time," he said.

"I could not source the tyres I intended to run at that stage and I have them now."

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 05:43 PM

Hardy is back on the pace with new car
Anonymous. Bay of Plenty Times [Tauranga, New Zealand] 09 Dec 2009: A.14.

Young Tauranga racing driver Simon Hardy has made a promising return to Formula First racing with a new locally built car.

Hardy and his father Keith spent more than a year building their Harpoon Formula First to replace a car destroyed in a Pukekohe crash at the end of the 2007-08 season.

In the first run at Taupo at the Labour weekend championship opener Hardy took third in the first race of the season but then suffered gearbox problems.

At Pukekohe last weekend the car ran near the front in the typical Formula First slipstreaming battles with Hardy recording sixth, third and fifth placings.

"The last race was disappointing. I had a jammed accelerator so I got a bad run out of the last corner when I was up to second," said Hardy. Three cars drafted past on the run to the chequered flag.

Hardy's Pukekohe performance saw him climb from seventh in the championship after Taupo up to fifth with two rounds completed.

"We designed and built the car ourselves and our aim was to go out and win the championship this year," says Hardy.

"But we've had a few problems getting the new car sorted out and winning will be a mission now. The class is more competitive than ever and the cars are going faster."

The 21-year-old apprentice builder has a solid record in Formula First with a best result of runner-up in the 2006-07 championship.

The second round of the Independent Race Classes (IRC) Summer of Thunder series saw Tauranga drivers prominent at Pukekohe last weekend.

Grant Brennan had two GT1 wins and a second placing in his Corvette to extend his series lead while there was race win for his son David in the GTNZ category.

Tauranga representation is strong in GT1 with Andy Greenslade posting a sixth and two fifth placings in his Corvette while Bernie Gillon's 6.0-litre Jaguar XKR was on the pace as well.

The big GTNZ class saw David Brennan in his Nissan Cefiro winning Sunday's handicap race.

National champion David Dovey (Tauranga) remains second in the North Island Super Six saloon car series after the Pukekohe round at the weekend. Dovey drove his VN Holden Commodore to a third, eighth and second place.

Jeff Warn was the most successful of the Tauranga Pre-65 saloon contingent at Pukekohe with a fourth, second and fourth placings in his rapid EH Holden while Falcon racer Peter Stevenson (Mt Maunganui) had two sixths and a seventh.

Speedway battles New Zealand champion Brent McClymont (Tauranga) battled with long-time rival Phil Towgood (Whitianga) at the New Zealand saloon car GP raced at Wellington's Te Marua Speedway on Saturday night.

In a close fought final Towgood won the 20-lap Grand Prix after starting alongside McClymont on the front row.

The GP begins a busy schedule for the top saloon car racers who have their North Island Champs at Rotorua on December 27-28 and the New Zealand title at Baypark on January 1-2. McClymont is attempting to defend both titles.

Kart prizegiving The BOP Kart Club wrapped up its 2009 season with a well supported Christmas fun day and prizegiving at Fagans Valley Raceway on Sunday.

The Christmas meeting also includes mechanics and supporters races along with a women's class joining the usual categories and includes prizegiving for the recently completed club champs.

In the Yamaha Lights John Van Bommel and Matthew Bufton battled it out with Bufton being the eventual winner. In the Heavies class Paul Mabey was the man to beat all day with Brett Kaye being the only driver to take a win away from Mabey.

Josh Adlam and John van Bommel were named as the junior and senior driver of the 2009 BOP club champs, respectively.

Van Bommel was the most improved driver of the year trophy and open class racer Mark Swetman took the driver of the year award.

The provisional BOP Kart Club 2010 calendar sees racing begin at Fagans Valley on February 7

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 05:45 PM

NZ riders win battle of balance Bledisloe style
Anonymous. Bay of Plenty Times [Tauranga, New Zealand] 11 Apr 2007: A.11

I T'S official: New Zealanders are more balanced individuals than their Australian counterparts.

New Zealand's three-man team whitewashed the Oceania motorcycle trials championships in the Bay of Plenty at the weekend, unbeaten in all three classes to comfortably win this Bledisloe Cup of trials riding.

The Kiwi trio - Wellington's Jake Whitaker (Expert, Gas Gas), Ashhurst's Kevin Pinfold (Master, Gas Gas) and New Plymouth's Matt Foster (Junior, Beta) - were simply masterful in the difficult conditions, eclipsing their opposite numbers on both days of the two-day event.

Whitaker overwhelmed Newcastle's Kyle Middleton (Expert, Gas Gas) 2-0, Pinfold crushed Canberra's Kerrin Phillips (Master, Sherco) 2-0 and Foster hammered Sydney's Jason Byrne (Junior, Gas Gas) 2-0.

"I actually didn't ride that well," said Whitaker afterwards. "It was very slippery and it cost me a few silly fives (five penalty points accrued for falling off or failing to complete a section)."

Australian Master class rider Phillips crashed heavily and was taken to hospital for a check-up. He damaged his knee and tore a ligament and failed to finish day two.

His opposite number, Manawatu's Pinfold (51), said tree roots had also tripped the Australian visitors.

"We beat the Australians the last time we contested the Oceania event, too, in 2003. We don't face them every year but I understand the Oceania trials championship is to become an annual fixture."

Whitaker's naming in the New Zealand team had raised a few eyebrows, with the 15-year-old being named to take the Experts role ahead of national champion Warren Laugesen, but Levin nursery manager Laugesen was thrilled to see the teenager cope with the pressure and lead his team- mates to the Oceania win.

The trans-Tasman `battle of balance' shared the two-day programme with rounds three and four of the North Island trials championships, round three at Te Puke on Saturday and round four at Tauranga on Sunday.

Laugesen (33) actually beat Whitaker over the two days, the mentor and protege competing side-by-side over the Experts course but only Whitaker's performance counting towards the trans- Tasman tally.

Laugesen won the Experts class both days and now has a 2-1-1-1 record in the North Island Championships after four rounds. His only defeat was to Whitaker at the series opener near Wellington in March.

"I really wanted to beat Warren at Tauranga," said Whitaker. "But, again, he was just too good for me."

Hawke's Bay's Luke March finished third, behind Laugesen and Whitaker, in the North Island championships expert class standings. Nelson's Nick Oliver won the North Island championships A-grade class, ahead of Pinfold and Wellingtons Carl Robson.

Four-cylinder wins

MOUNT Maunganui driver Andrew Stevenson has won the Kumho Tyres Pre-65 saloon car series, becoming the first driver in 10 years to secure the outright title driving a four-cylinder car.

The Ford Anglia campaigner only needed an eighth place finish in the opening race of the Easter weekend Taupo season finale and he wrapped up the title with a second placing behind the Ford Falcon of Wayne Davies.

On Sunday Stevenson lowered the lap record-finishing third in the handicap race.

It's been a successful year for Stevenson with new lap records at all North Island circuits and a faultless finishing record until Sunday's last race of the season.

He did, however, switch into the similar Anglia campaigned by his father Peter the previous round after striking mechanical problems.

Peter Stevenson finished runner-up in the four-cylinder class and fifth overall in the championship. The father and son duo plan to carryout some winter development work and return to the Pre- 65 series again next summer.

Also finding success at the Taupo season finale was Tauranga's Grant Brennan who wrapped up the Schaeffer Oils NZ Super Sedan title.

Brennan drove his C6 Covette to victory in Saturday's race and then posted two second placings on Sunday. He'd taken a narrow lead into the last round but nearest challenger Steve Cox was sidelined by a gearbox failure on Saturday.

In the Total Lubricants SS2000 category former champion Brian Gray (Tauranga) finished the season runnerup in his Mazda RX-7 to the Honda-powered Datsun of Tony Goldsmith.

Clean sweep

BAYPARK saloon car racers swept the podium at the Rotorua Easter Champs meeting on Sunday.

Whitianga's Phil Towgood (Corvette) was the star of the saloon car racing, winning the first two heats and lowering the Paradise Valley track record.

He came through from grid 15 to finish second in heat three and win the title by a five-point margin over Tauranga's Brent McClymont, with Paul Managh (Tauranga) third.

Towgood's Sunday night win reversed the outcome of the Friday-Saturday double header at Napier's Meeanee Speedway where McClymont took out the East Coast Saloon title ahead of Towgood.

And the East Coast Super Saloon Champs saw Tauranga's Russell Donovan continue his strong late-season form and take a victory in his Skinny Colson-built Corvette ahead of Napier's Grant Flynn.

The Rotorua meeting produced some fierce stock car racing with the Baypark track well represented in the 26-car final.

While Stephen Hermansen (Tauranga) and Dean O'Reilly (Matamata) performed well in the first heat, the Rotorua drivers went on the attack and Baypark drivers and other visitors found themselves the target of Rotorua bumpers.

In the Super Stocks Tauranga's Mark Decke teamed up with Aucklander Aaron Headington to win the Best Pairs contest on Saturday.
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Posted 20 July 2015 - 05:48 PM

Mason feels his way in new car: [2 Edition]
CARPINTER, Bernard. Dominion Post [Wellington, New Zealand] 13 Apr 2007: FS; 10.

RICHARD MASON says he will need to learn his new Subaru during the Otago Rally this weekend as he begins his campaign for his third straight national title.

"We'll be feeling our way a little bit to start off with," the Masterton driver said. "But I don't expect the new car to be too much different from our old car." He is looking forward to competing against former world championship driver Alister McRae again after locking horns with the Scot -- now based in Australia -- in the Chinese championship last year.

"Alistair is certainly fast," Mason said. "It's great for the sport to have such a high-profile driver here."

The series looks very strong, with other entrants including top American driver Ken Block, Palmerston North's Sam Murray and Dunedin's Emma Gilmour all in Subarus, while Taihape driver Brett Martin leads the Mitsubishi brigade.

CRAIG BAIRD has shared victory in a new Bathurst race, a 12-hour event for production-based cars.

The Queensland-based Kiwi drove a turbocharged BMW 335i with V8 Supercars driver Paul Morris and Garry Holt. Baird set the fastest lap of the race as the team overcame several setbacks, including a fuel leak and a loose sensor in the engine.

The victory perhaps made up for the time he won a 1000km Super Touring race at Bathurst, also in a BMW, only to be disqualified for exceeding the maximum driving time allowed for one driver.

Second was a Subaru Impreza driven by three rally aces: Chris Atkinson, Cody Crocker and Dean Herridge. Manawatu driver Chris Pither was fourth in a BMW and Wellington's Andrew Fawcet 10th in a Ford Falcon.

A1GP driver Jonny Reid has had his first races in a "tin-top" -- and won. Reid surprised fans when he turned up at the Taupo Easter meeting and did two races in the Porsche Carrera of friend Stephen Neville.

Reid took over the car after Neville clinched the Bridgestone Porsche championship in the first race for that category.

Starting from the back of the grid for his first race, Reid set the fastest lap and earned pole for the final. He won that, keeping clear of Mack Storey's more powerful turbo car.

A COLLISION off the track cost Wellington's Tony Oliver the North Island OSCA title.

Oliver looked to have the title in the bag in Taupo when he held a big points lead with two races to go -- but it was not to be.

First, Oliver spun his MacBuilt Subaru Impreza off the circuit to avoid a backmarker who moved across on him. Then, while he was still on the grass, Brett Stratton's Sierra hit his car so hard it was out for the day.

Brett Harris won the North Island title in his Nissan Skyline, and Southlander Colin Dawson the national championship in his Mazda RX7-Chev V8. Tauranga's Grant Brennan claimed the inaugural Super Sedans title in his Camaro, and Northlander Carl Hansen won the top class in the SuperGT series with his very fast TVR Tuscan.

FORMULA ONE really does get arcane at times. The latest fuss involves moving floors, which have now been banned.

Some teams, including Ferrari, set up the floors of their cars so that they could flex upward slightly under air pressure at high speed, which made them a little faster in a straight line.

McLaren drew this to the attention of the FIA, which has cracked down on the system.

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 05:49 PM

The above information and more circulating prior to this should be read and taken in chronological order and context.

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Posted 20 July 2015 - 06:09 PM

View Posthukildaspida, on 20 July 2015 - 05:49 PM, said:

The above information and more circulating prior to this should be read and taken in chronological order and context.

What are you trying to say all of this information means?

The claimant had an accident event (assault) that has resulted in a brain injury. The ACC appeared to be questioning the extent of that injury but there does not seem to be any qualified assessment procedure that has been undertaken by the ACC for the purposes of this challenge.

Are you perhaps endorsing the ACC approach of generalised assumption as to the degree of incapacity to perform all of the work task activities of its preinjury occupation for the purposes of determining the ACC liability simply because this fellow is trying to do is absolute utmost to lead a normal as life as possible while having regard to as injuries? Are you somehow equating the racing car driving with the day to day work task activities?

I don't understand why you have provided all of this information and your approach or the approach of the ACC. Please explain.

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Posted 14 August 2015 - 05:14 PM

Fraud accusations 'ludicrous'

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A Crown allegation that an accused ACC fraudster faked his medical symptoms to enable him to continue to receive compensation payments was "ludicrous", says his wife.

Lorraine Brennan, 55, hit back at the Crown allegation as she began giving evidence in the judge-alone trial of her and her husband, Grant Brennan, in Tauranga District Court yesterday.

The couple, who own Brennan Racing Ltd, are defending 88 charges of dishonestly using a document for pecuniary advantage. The charges relate to an allegation the Brennans defrauded ACC in relation to weekly compensation payments and attendant care payments, received between December 1999 and September 2011.

On April 24, 1999, Mr Brennan was assaulted by three youths while out running with his wife and son and suffered a head injury. The couple received ACC payments totalling more than $720,000 but the amount of any alleged overpayment depends on the outcome of the trial.

Mrs Brennan wept as she described the "dramatic changes" in her husband.

"It was tough. I had to look after Grant, look after two kids and I also had looked after my 18-month-old granddaughter, as well as trying to keep the business going. Grant completely changed. He was emotional, angry and frustrated and sometimes got violent."

Mrs Brennan said neither of them wanted to be on ACC. They lost customers and contracts. From the outset, they were upfront with ACC case assessors about her attempts to get her husband back to work by encouraging him to do "bits and pieces" of tasks within the business, she said. She had only been doing what occupational therapists and doctors encouraged her to do in the hope Mr Brennan would one day "return to normal" and resume full-time work. They "honestly believed" they were entitled to ACC. Mrs Brennan said, while she was doing some of the work and a number of people helped in-house, the rest was outsourced.

When defence lawyer Paul Mabey QC asked why they had let customers believe her husband was still working in the business, Mrs Brennan said they would have lost even more business. Mr Mabey told Judge Glen Marshall there was no proof Mr Brennan was faking it.

Mr Mabey put it to Mrs Brennan that some doctors had told Judge Marshall Mr Brennan was faking his symptoms and was a malinger. "It's ludicrous ... It's a ridiculous allegation," she said.

The trial continues today.

- Bay of Plenty Times

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Posted 14 August 2015 - 06:09 PM

This is where the ACC case falters when they start telling the court this.

On April 24, 1999, Mr Brennan was assaulted by three youths while out running with his wife and son and suffered a head injury. The couple received ACC payments totalling more than $720,000 but the amount of any alleged overpayment depends on the outcome of the trial.

In order to determine that this fellow was not entitled the ACC are required by the ACC legislation to determine whether or not he is incapacitated by way of the relevant section of the act which necessitates that the ACC make their decision by way of medical reporting. This means that the ACC must invite the fellow to an independent medical assessment in order to determine whether or not he was incapacitated. The criteria is not by whether or not he was working.

For his entitlements to be affected the ACC would have two described to the court income from actual earnings from this with his own brow. This does not have anything to do with the profits he enjoyed from this company. He could be receiving company dividends of millions of dollars a year and still be fully entitled to all of those earnings compensation. In the event that the medical certificates have not been faked he has every right to believe they are correct. The only issue is whether or not he carried out work task activities of his former occupation and received earnings from those activities. The ACC will also have a case if he did not pay himself for actual activities that took place or even underpaid himself so as to prevent the ACC from properly calculating abatement of earnings.

In this case it is clear that he attempted to do bits and pieces within the company is still owned which he and his wife were still trying to keep afloat. This has absolutely nothing to do with his entitlements based on his medical certificateas the legislation encourages all claimants to do as much as they can while having regard for their own capacities. This is usually done under the doctors supervision rather than the ACC supervision which by the way tends to push claim is to work far more than a doctor would allow that the doctor knew what the ACC were trying to do.

The ACCs position of home driving his racing car does not in itself mean a single thing. Here we have a brain damaged person who may or may not have been following his doctor's instructions. It may be perfectly possible for him to be driving his racing car safely but not to carry out his preinjury occupation work tasks. For the ACC to have a case they would have to address the proper issues. All too often the ACC commit perjury to the court by misleading the court about what the legislator criteria actually is.

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Posted 27 August 2015 - 02:38 PM

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ACC fraud calculated, prosecution claims
7:30 AM Wednesday Aug 26, 2015


A Tauranga couple carried out a "sustained and calculated dishonest course of conduct" over a 12-year period to defraud the ACC, the Crown said on the closing day of the trial.

But in closing, the defence argued the Crown had simply attempted to discredit Grant and Lorraine Brennan by presenting evidence that did not make sense.

The couple, who have been on trial in Tauranga District Court over the past seven weeks, have denied 88 charges of using a document for pecuniary advantage.

The charges stem from an allegation that the directors of Brennan Racing Limited received more than $720,000 in ACC payments between December 1999 and September 2011 which they knew they were not entitled to. That included $52,000 in attendant care payments which were paid to Mrs Brennan between 2000 and 2003.

On April 24, 1999, Mr Brennan was assaulted by three youths while out running with his wife and son and suffered a head injury.

During his closing address yesterday, Crown prosecutor Richard Jenson told Judge Glen Marshal there was overwhelming medical, business and motor racing evidence that proved the prosecution's case.

Despite claims of a diminished level of functioning, in all areas of Mr Brennan's life he continued to perform "normally and proficiently" - that included resuming working in the business within six months of the assault, and his motor racing activities, he said.

Mr Jenson said some witnesses gave evidence of Mr Brennan having "under-performed" in medical assessments and submitted medical certificates which stated he was unfit for fulltime work.

This was contrary to numerous witnesses giving evidence about their interactions with Mr Brennan, some who said he was engaged to carry out specialist mechanical work on their cars, he said.

Mrs Brennan helped to "perpetuate the lie" by dishonestly claiming attendant care payments, he said.

Mr Jenson said the defence suggestion that the business continued to operate without meaningful input from Mr Brennan, "flew in the face" of the evidence given by many customers.

Defence lawyer Cate Andersen
hit back at what she described was the Crown's attempts to "discredit" the Brennans.

"Mr Brennan rejects any suggestion that he was a malingerer ... He has maintained consistently that he did not want to be an ACC beneficiary and if it had not been for the assault the business would have been significantly bigger and more profitable," she said.

Ms Andersen said at all times the Brennans were "open and frank" with ACC, doctors, the medical assessors, occupational therapists and any improvements were also reported to ACC .

"Mr Brennan's evidence and the whole defence case cannot be rejected on any objective analysis. At very least, your honour, you would be left with doubt of their guilt," she said.

Judge Marshall reserved his decision.

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Posted 27 August 2015 - 02:41 PM

By way of background re Judge Glen Marshall


Judge Glen Marshall – Judge Marshall was admitted to the bar in 1980. Between 1986 and 2001 he was a Court lawyer in Hamilton. Between 1990 and 1998 he was a Youth Advocate. In 1994 he was appointed a member of the Hamilton Crown Prosecutors Panel in Hamilton. In 2001 he was appointed Senior Prosecutor with Almao Kellaway. From 2002 to 2010 was the Crown Solicitor for Tasman District. He has also served as a legal advisor to the Medical Practitioners Complaints Assessment Committees (1996-2001) and review officer for HIH Workable Ltd (1999-2001). Mr Marshall was appointed a Judge of the District Court in 2010 and is based in Hamilton.

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Posted 27 August 2015 - 02:46 PM

A relevant topic and information that all should read before jumping to conclusions about those that make claims for accidents causing injuries to .

We trust regardless of the outcome in this case that all will also take something positive out of the cases before as well as the current case before the Courts.

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Posted 19 November 2015 - 03:08 PM

Sandra Conchie would you please clarify if indeed these charges are under the legislation for been an overpayment, or if they are fraud charges under the Crimes Act?

Thanks in Advance.

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Tauranga business couple guilty of major ACC fraud

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Tauranga couple Grant Brennan and Lorraine Brennan at the Tauranga District Court yesterday.

A Tauranga businessman and his wife have been found guilty of fleecing ACC of tens of thousands of dollars.

Grant and Lorraine Brennan, directors of Brennan Racing Ltd, appeared in the Tauranga District Court this morning to hear the verdict following their seven-week judge alone trial.

The couple had denied 88 charges of using a document for pecuniary advantage and maintained they had a honest belief they were entitled to the payments.

Brennan was assaulted by three youths in April 1999 and suffered a head injury, initally diminishing his level of functioning.

The charges relate to the Brennans dishonestly claiming more than $720,000 gross in ACC payments between December 1999 and September 2011.
That included $55,790 of attendant care payments received by Mrs Brennan between 2000 and 2003.

Judge Glen Marshall said today he was convinced of the couple's guilt on all charges.

The court had previously heard evidence how the couple continued to perform "normally and proficiently" after Brennan's injury.

This included Mr Brennan resuming working in the business within a few months of the assault, and also resuming his motor sport racing activities in 2003.

The amount of reparation is still being calculated.

The couple were remanded on bail, pending sentencing early next year, and were ordered to surrender their passports to the Tauranga court registrar.

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Posted 20 November 2015 - 03:16 PM

the reparation amount i spose will have an interest bill automatically calculated also as in used monies on the used monies, just a thought

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Posted 20 November 2015 - 03:53 PM

When it comes time for the ACC to calculate what they claim to be an overpayment it will certain to be their undoing.
In this case the ACC persuaded to believe the lack of entitlement based on a never-ending succession of assumptions as opposed to relying upon the scientific medical evidence.

In order for the ACC to claim Reparation they will need to quantify who did what work and how much was actually earned by the sweat of the man's brow, in other words ACC do not claim the profit of the company but rather the earnings of the individual from the actual work done. The ACC have not yet done this but rather have taken a very broad stroke approach, as they usually do in these cases in order to create the maximum possible persuasiveness and the court to disguise the failure to comply with legislation to make these decisions based on sound medical evidence.

This case centres around an individual owning a company becoming injured and continuing to carry on minor light duties within the company with a loss of earnings caused by the injury. The ACC approach has been to simply state that he continued in this company without providing any actual quantifiable detail as legislation requires. However on quantifying actual earnings for the purposes of calculating the necessary abatement of earnings so as to determine degree of overpayment the ACC cannot help but comply with the legislation for fear of being prosecuted for fraud themselves by claiming too much.

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