And McCall’s off-road race tri­umph

Papakura Courier - - OUT & ABOUT - ALAN APTED

Nick Hall and Tony McCall wrapped up their off-road rac­ing sea­son with mem­o­rable wins.

The Coun­ties Manukau pair scooped the un­lim­ited-class ti­tles at the fi­nal round of the 2017 cham­pi­onships in Nel­son over the Labour Day week­end.

Hall, driv­ing a Toy­ota Chev ‘ProLite’ V8 truck, dom­i­nated the eight-strong 4WD Bits class 8 field and was fifth over­all in the out­right cham­pi­onship.

He says the win is a vin­di­ca­tion for the Amer­i­can ProLite de­sign.

‘‘Peo­ple says these trucks don’t work in the for­est, but if you drive to their strengths they are fan­tas­tic.

‘‘All we did af­ter the short course heats was make some changes to the sus­pen­sion set­tings to make sure it would han­dle any rough stuff out in the bush.’’

Hall added the class ti­tle is a fam­ily vic­tory.

‘‘Huge thanks to my dad [Kevin Hall] for do­ing the Lion’s share of the prep work, both here and in the weeks lead­ing up to the event.’’

McCall trav­elled south know­ing a points deficit dat­ing back to June’s Wood­hill 100 meant he could only fight for the week­end honours.

And pos­si­bly a class ti­tle to go with it.

He set fastest time of the day on the Satur­day.

And on Sun­day he won the 225 km en­duro from pole po­si­tion.

‘‘The mix of farm and for­est over the two days was a good test for ev­ery­one.

‘‘It was great to fin­ish the Satur­day heats tied with Ben Thomasen but he brought more points to the event than we did. ‘‘I re­ally en­joyed the en­duro. ’’To win that off pole was a fan­tas­tic end to an un­even sea­son for us.’’

It is McCall’s 12th class ti­tle and one of the more mem­o­rable ones of his ca­reer.

‘‘It was the hard­est fought yet, and win­ning against a tough field of eight other un­lim­ited class cars makes the ti­tle as sweet as my very first win,’’ he said.

North Is­land class 7 cham­pion Jack Hel­lier was un­able to make the trip south due to school­ing com­mit­ments.

He says he’s happy to wait for com­ing sea­sons for an­other shot at na­tional cham­pi­onship glory.

The out­right na­tional ti­tle went to Tau­ranga-based Po­laris fac­tory driver Ben Thomasen.

Nick Hall, driv­ing his Toy­ota Chev ProLite V8 truck, dom­i­nated the 4WD Bits class 8 field.

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