RACE WIN: Emirates Team New Zealand crosses the finish line ahead of Oracle Team USA during race eight in the America's Cup. Team New Zealand are one win away from claiming the cup.
RACE WIN: Emirates Team New Zealand crosses the finish line ahead of Oracle Team USA during race eight in the America's Cup. Team New Zealand are one win away from claiming the cup. JOHN G. MABANGLO

Team New Zealand close in America's Cup victory

EMIRATES Team New Zealand are one win away from claiming the America's Cup after a dominate day of sailing action.

After Australian skipper Jimmy Spithill steered defending champion Oracle Team USA to their first victory of the series, the Kiwi team responded with two wins to claim a 6-1 lead in the first-to-seven points series.

Team New Zealand skipper Peter Burling's got the better of Spithill during the pre-start of both races to help his team establish early leads which they converted to victories both times.

The Kiwis won their first race by a comfortable 12 seconds before blasting out the pre-start box in their second victory of the day.

"It makes life a little easier when you get off the start 14 seconds ahead,” Burling said.

"Full credit to the guys, holding it tight not giving them any chances to get back in the race.”

Despite staring down the barrel of defeat Spithill has refused to concede the series, after all it was a defiant Spithill who lead Oracle to a memorable victory in 2013.

Trailing the New Zealanders 8-1, Spithill and Oracle rallied to record a 9-8 victory in San Franciso.



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