Otago Daily Times

Hey top 2WD at Auck­land

MO­TOR­SPORT

- STEVE HEP­BURN

MOS­GIEL driver Chris Hey made every post a win­ning one at the Bat­tle of Jacks Ridge event in Auck­land last week­end.

Though Su­per­cars driver Shane Van Gis­ber­gen won the over­all title, Hey won the twowheel­drive event in the in­au­gu­ral race at the newly de­signed cir­cuit.

The event was on a cir­cuit which had been spe­cially built on for­mer na­tional cham­pion An­drew Hawkeswood’s prop­erty in Whit­ford, near Auck­land.

The 6km course, with its well­cam­bered gravel roads and spec­tac­u­lar jumps, was given the thumbs­up by driv­ers. The cir­cuit was go­ing to be part of the FIA NZ Rally which was canned ear­lier this year be­cause of Covid­19. The event took place in front of a sold­out crowd of 5000.

Hey lined up with about 15 2WD com­peti­tors and af­ter a cou­ple of runs, ran out as the over­all win­ner of the class.

He was driv­ing a Toy­ota MR220 which he built way back in 2003 and had been been work­ing in im­prov­ing over the past few years. It is pow­ered by a Nis­san 2.2­litre turbo en­gine.

He was nearly a sec­ond ahead of sec­ond­placed Mar­cus van Klink, of Christchur­ch. Charles Evans, of Hamil­ton, fin­ished third.

Hay was joined in the car by his son Koby (15), a year 10 pupil at Taieri Col­lege, as co­driver, and Hey com­pleted the up and down course in just over 1min 30sec.

Hey said it was a dif­fi­cult course with plenty of tight corners and had plenty of climb­ing.

The Mos­giel man sits sec­ond in the NZ hill­climb cham­pi­onships over­all and leads the 2WD sec­tion by a con­sid­er­able mar­gin. The fi­nal leg is in Fe­bru­ary next year and will be the Burma Rd hill climb, in west Otago, which is run by the South Otago Car Club.

Cromwell driver Hay­den Pad­don won the Auck­land Rally last Satur­day but crashed out in the fi­nal eight elim­i­na­tion round of the Bat­tle of Jack Ridge open grade, clip­ping a bank and rolling his car.

 ?? PHOTO: GE­OFF RIDDER ?? Fly­ing high . . . Mos­giel driver Chris Hey and his co­driver Koby Hey are air­borne in their Toy­ota MR220 at the Bat­tle of Jacks Ridge event in Auck­land last week­end.
PHOTO: GE­OFF RIDDER Fly­ing high . . . Mos­giel driver Chris Hey and his co­driver Koby Hey are air­borne in their Toy­ota MR220 at the Bat­tle of Jacks Ridge event in Auck­land last week­end.

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