NZ Performance Car - - Circuit Talk -

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.”

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