‘More adren­a­line than hot lap’

Central Otago Mirror - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - DASHA KUPRIENKO

An Alexan­dra-based rac­ing team were shaken up af­ter a ‘huge’ tree fell on the car as they were com­ing back from a rac­ing event on Sun­day.

Racer Johnny Wal­dron was go­ing about 90kmh when he saw the tree fall­ing in front of the car about 6.40 pm in Fruit­lands, near Alexan­dra.

Wal­dron and two me­chan­ics were ‘‘pretty for­tu­nate’’ they were not hurt when the car tow­ing a trailer crashed into the tree as they were re­turn­ing home from the Tere­tonga Mo­tor­sport Cham­pi­onship in In­ver­cargill.

‘‘We were just com­ing down the hill into Fruit­lands when all of a sud­den we see that huge tree about to fall on us.

‘‘I could see it hap­pen­ing so I slowed down, but there’s not very much you can do.’’

The tree fell about 20m from Wal­dron’s Nis­san Navara, he said.

His Sky­line R32 GT-R rac­ing car was on the trailer and suf­fered lit­tle dam­age.

Wal­dron and his two pas­sen­gers were shaken but happy, as the crash could have ended worse.

‘‘I’m very thank­ful that it [the tree] didn’t land on top of us.’’

One of the pas­sen­gers, Bry­den Camp­bell, said on Face­book the crash gave him ‘‘more adren­a­line than a hot lap’’.

Wal­dron said the six-mon­thold dam­aged Nis­san Navara would have to be writ­ten off.

JOHNNY WAL­DRON

Mem­bers of the rac­ing team were un­in­jured af­ter they crashed into a fall­ing tree in Fruit­lands on Sun­day.

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