Alex racer revs up Skyline at Highlands
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
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.
From left Nick Dalgety, Bryden Campbell, Ethan Roberts and Johny Waldron with a trophy from Highlands.