Focus on next season
Cambridge V8 driver Nick Ross has finished sixth overall in the 2016/17 BNT NZ Touring Car Championship following the final round held at Hampton Downs over the weekend.
Ross qualified his Total Lubricants Nissan Altima in fourth position, and went on to finish third in the first race of the weekend.
Race two of the weekend saw Ross also start from fourth position on the grid, where he led for all of the race until a dramatic last lap incident with fellow competitor Simon Evans.
The engine in the Total Lubricants Nissan Altima had been cutting out during the race, allowing Evans to stay right on the rear bumper of Ross.
The engine cut out into turn one on the final lap due to a faulty sensor causing Evans to collide with Ross, sending the Holden Commodore of Evans skyward in spectacular fashion.
‘‘Unfortunately after the hit the computer shut the engine down which was a shame because I was confident I could have held on for the win in that one,’’ said Ross.
In the third race of the weekend weather conditions were changeable.
Another collision with some slower competitors caused Ross to spin, and eventually was classified in 12th position after damage slowed the car.
Ross said the team would completely strip car and rebuild it to make it ‘‘more reliable so we can fight for the championship from the start’’ next season.
Nick Ross, the TOTAL Lubricants Nissan Altima and Concept Motorsport will again be supported this season by TOTAL Lubricants, Jim Wright Nissan, RYCO 24•7, C&R Developments, Team Wino, Auto Trail Ltd, 82C, Cambridge Hire Centre and Tyre Traders.