Twice the bridesmaid, Gary seals the deal
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."
Temuka driver Gary Duncan has won the OSCA championship.