Alex racer revs up Sky­line at High­lands

Central Otago Mirror - - CLASSIFIEDS - DASHA KUPRIENKO

An Alexan­dra rac­ing team had a mem­o­rable win in the High­lands’ hour race on the weekend as they beat big play­ers from over­seas.

Farmer and win­ning racer Johnny Wal­dron said he was ‘‘over the moon’’ the team was first in the 3501cc class in Cromwell on Sun­day.

‘‘I’m ab­so­lutely stoked,’’ he said while hold­ing the win­ning tro­phy.

‘‘It is a big ef­fort. There’s a lot of hours put in it and sac­ri­fices you need to make’’.

In the hour-long race, cars com­plete as many laps as pos­si­ble, with one pit stop.

Wal­dron’s team fu­elled up the car and changed its tyres in 35 sec­onds, with the fastest lap be­ing 1.51 min­utes.

The key was to start off quickly and main­tain

Wal­dron said.

It was great be­ing recog­nised by heavy­weight rac­ers who com­mented on the qual­ity of Wal­dron’s Nis­san Sky­line GT-R, he said.

Team me­chanic Nick Dal­gety said it was good to see the car they have been work­ing on for a while had a smooth run.

‘‘I don’t know how many peo­ple had a yarn say­ing that this thing [car] is ab­so­lutely amaz­ing,’’ he said.

The Nis­san Sky­line might not have been the fan­ci­est car in the pit but it had ad­van­tages over oth­ers on the track, Dal­gety said.

‘‘Lit­tle things like beat­ing them out of the cor­ner and some­thing like that is just awe­some, you know. And just show­ing how re­li­able the car can be with­out hav­ing to spend mil­lions of

con­sis­tency, dol­lars on it,’’ he said.

The team en­joyed the weekend at High­lands, es­pe­cially see­ing some of their favourite rac­ers ‘‘just three feet away’’.

Ap­pren­tice me­chanic Ethan Roberts said he loved do­ing lit­tle jobs for the team and be­ing around fa­mous driv­ers.

‘‘It’s a real big buzz for me. Just be­ing around all these fancy cars,’’ Roberts said.

The rac­ing team’s next ven­ture is the Osca sprint se­ries in the South Is­land which starts in Jan­uary.

Kiwi mo­tor rac­ing star Greg Mur­phy who teamed up with Tony Quinn for the big High­lands 101 race said he raced to have fun.

Mur­phy was tak­ing it cruisy but he ac­knowl­edged the ‘‘de­mand­ing track’’ could be nerve-wrack­ing for am­a­teur driv­ers.

DASHA KUPRIENKO

From left Nick Dal­gety, Bry­den Camp­bell, Ethan Roberts and Johny Wal­dron with a tro­phy from High­lands.

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