Title victory a ‘sense of relief’ for NZ champion
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.