Ti­tle vic­tory a ‘sense of re­lief’ for NZ cham­pion

Matamata Chronicle - - News - By NI­COLA STE­WART

Car trou­bles failed to stop Mata­mata’s Mar­cus Bullen from com­ing home with his fourth New Zealand Cir­cle Track As­so­ci­a­tion Cham­pi­onship ti­tle.

The Wa­haroa Speed­way pres­i­dent has taken out the pro­duc­tion sa­loon event four times in the last five years – the first to ever do so.

‘‘ It’s a pretty mas­sive achieve­ment re­ally, to be con­sis­tent for that long,’’ he said.

He al­most wasn’t able to com­pete at all this year af­ter hav­ing a few me­chan­i­cal prob­lems with his car.

‘‘When I left here [last] Fri­day morn­ing my car wasn’t go­ing at all,’’ he said.

‘‘I had to stop in Auck­land to get a part for it.

‘‘We still weren’t sure if it would start or not un­til we were out on the track.’’

The event was in Taipa, near Kaitaia, so it was a ‘‘pretty far way’’ to travel not know­ing if he would be able to race.

‘‘I just had to have a roll of the dice re­ally and luck­ily it all went OK,’’ he said.

The pre­vi­ous two week­ends he had lost ti­tles, at his home track and in the Bay of Plenty, af­ter his car cut out mid-event.

Hold­ing onto the New Zealand ti­tle was ‘‘more a sense of re­lief than any­thing else’’, he said.

He ended up plac­ing first in all three of his races and fin­ished up the fi­nal with an easy 10 to 12 car lead.

Wa­haroa driver Kayne Suther­land came third place in the same event.

Cracked it: Wa­haroa Speed­way driver Mar­cus Bullen cel­e­brates his win at the New Zealand CTRA Cham­pi­onships.

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