America's Cup: Team New Zealand on course for victory

Last Updated: 16/09/13 2:02pm

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Emirates Team New Zealand celebrate their victory in Race 10 of the America's Cup

Emirates Team New Zealand celebrate their victory in Race 10 of the America's Cup

Emirates Team New Zealand are just two wins away from claiming the America's Cup from Oracle.

The defending champions had threatened to stage a remarkable comeback as they followed up their victory on Saturday with a 47-second win in Sunday's opening race.

However Team New Zealand regained control as they won Race 10 by 17 seconds on San Francisco Bay.

"I think if you didn't enjoy today's racing you should watch another sport," said Team New Zealand skipper Dean Barker.

Oracle had led from start-to-finish to claim Race 9 and give the team, which is owned by software tycoon Larry Ellison, hope of overhauling Team New Zealand's advantage.

However Oracle, who started the competition on minus two races after being penalised for illegally modifying catamarans, have it all to do after New Zealand's victory in Race 10.

Oracle had taken a one-second lead through the third gate however the Kiwis surged 200 yards ahead and were able to finish clear.

"It was pretty close on that final run into the finish," said Ben Ainslie, who replaced John Kostecki as Oracle's tactician on Thursday.

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