MOORE SECURES TITLE AT THE LAST
Richard ‘Danger’ Moore took his first national circuit-racing title when he came from behind to secure the Porter Group NZ V8 Ute title at the final round of the Speedworks Premier Motorsport Championship event at Hampton Downs.
Heading into the round, Moore was 29 points behind reigning champion and former teammate Paul ‘Auto’ Manuell in his Orix Holden, but it all started to unravel for Manuell in the first race when he made contact with Moore and was sent to the back of the grid for the second race, also gaining a time penalty that dropped him down the finishing order. That brought Moore within points reach for the second race, and he duly delivered a win.
Manuell’s weekend went from bad to worse when brake failure put him in the sand trap on the penultimate lap. Crucially, he could not get out to take the chequered flag and secure some points, so started the final race at the back — a long way behind Moore and behind on points for the first time in the season. Moore took second behind race and round winner Matt Spratt and secured the title.
“Really, it’s been a huge team effort and it’s extremely satisfying to get home with the title,” said new champ Moore after securing his first Kiwi circuit-racing title outside of karts. “That first weekend at Pukekohe was tremendously difficult for us. The hit we had into the wall was massive, and the effort everyone put into even having the car running the next day was immense. Since then, we’ve been clawing back and, in the most recent rounds, [we] have really tried to pile on the pressure with race wins. The pressure has certainly been on all of us, but for sure it’s absolutely great to win.”