The 50th NZ Na­tion­als, which was the fi­nal round in the NZDRA cham­pi­onship se­ries, saw an im­pres­sive field of more than 200 cars hit the tar­mac at Master­ton Mo­tor­plex on the week­end of March 18–19. Plenty of new PBs were run, as en­trants vied for valu­able na­tional cham­pi­onship points. How­ever, it was River­ton street-car racer, Bren­don Shear­ing, who was the talk of the event on day one. Hav­ing tweaked his twin-turbo, 509ci big block Chev–pow­ered Monaro dur­ing the pre­vi­ous week, he stunned on­look­ers with a seven-sec­ond pass straight off the trailer. Bet­ter still, he backed it up, drop­ping to a best of 7.95 at 173mph the fol­low­ing day. Un­der­stand­ably, Bren­don and his crew were stoked with the mile­stone achieve­ment, which he’s only the sec­ond lo­cal racer to achieve. Bet­ter still, he as­sures us that there’s still more po­ten­tial in the com­bi­na­tion!

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