Twice the brides­maid, Gary seals the deal

South Canterbury Herald - - TEMUKA NEWS - RACHAEL COMER

Te­muka man Gary Dun­can has been the brides­maid twice but has fi­nally sealed the deal, win­ning the Open Sports Car As­so­ci­a­tion (OSCA) series for the first time.

Dun­can won the six meet­ing series at High­lands Motorsport Park in Cromwell on Sun­day, go­ing into the fi­nal race 18 points be­hind the leading driver.

‘‘It’s all won on the last race,’’ Dun­can said.

‘‘The last two years I’ve been the brides­maid so it’s been great to win it for the first time.’’

Ti­maru driver Ryan Austin won the series in 2017.

The series is con­tested by driv­ers in 18 dif­fer­ent races across six rounds. The race has never been held at High­lands Motorsport Park, Dun­can said.

Com­pet­ing in his RX 7 Bat­man with LS 2 Chevy en­gine, Dun­can said he was ner­vous leading up to the fi­nal race as the ve­hi­cle had al­ter­na­tor prob­lems.

‘‘That added to the nerves a bit, that’s for sure,’’ Dun­can said.

‘‘It was great to win af­ter a full sea­son.’’

Dun­can said his car is a ‘‘quick one’’.

‘‘There were some tal­ented driv­ers in the race. I’m quite stoked.’’

Af­ter com­pet­ing in the series for the past five years, it was nice to fi­nally win it, he said.

Dun­can said the races nor­mally have about 20 en­tries, but be­cause it was the first time at High­lands, it had at­tracted about 43 driv­ers. ‘‘It’s a great track to race on,’’ he said.

The best thing about the OSCA series is driv­ers can race any­thing they like, with up to a six litre en­gine, he said. ‘‘It’s a great in­ge­nu­ity class.’’

Dun­can has been in­volved with mo­tor rac­ing for about 16 years.

‘‘I got into it as I was in­volved with go kart­ing and then I went for a ride with John McIn­tyre [New Zealand V8 racer] and I thought ’geez I have to have a go at that’.’’

Be­ing an en­gi­neer and own­ing his own firm, Dun­can thought he could do a lot of the ve­hi­cle work him­self.

‘‘Also, if some­thing goes wrong I have no-one else to blame."

PHOTO: JOHN BISSET/STUFF

Te­muka driver Gary Dun­can has won the OSCA cham­pi­onship.

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