And McCall’s off-road race triumph
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.