Mosen profits from lucky break
Brad Mosen used up his get out of jail card winning the Motozone NZ Midget Grand Prix at McDonald’s Kihikihi Speedway.
The Seamount team member had a giant slice of luck on Sunday after fellow Aucklander Hayden Williams overtook him to lead the race on lap 26.
Williams looked headed for victory for all money. However, his lead was short-lived.
A tangle between 5A Brock Maskovich and American Zack Daum brought on the yellow lights, signalling a temporary halt to the racing.
When the race did resume, under NZ Speedway rules the drivers were reinstated in the positions they held when the last lap was completed — resulting in Mosen regaining the lead ahead of the unlucky Williams.
Mosen held off the fast finishing Williams over the remaining five laps to become NZ Grand Prix winner for the third time.
Williams and his BSL teammate Hayden Guptill placed second and third respectively.
The big surprise was Michael Pickens failure to qualify for the final 30-lapper. Last year’s Grand Prix winner and seven times NZ Midget champion crashed out of contention in one of the heats after a tangle involving a number of cars.
Five times NZ midget champion Michael Kendall started alongside Mosen on the front line of the grid. He challenged for the first 10 laps before fading back through the field, finishing 17th in the 22-strong field.
Shane Alach 11A was the big mover, placing fourth after starting near the tail of the field.
The race had a 25 minute stoppage on lap 10 when Auckland teenager Breyton Davison 24A went into a spectacular role on Rodeo Bend, flying high into the air, making contact with the catch fence before dropping down between wire ropes and coming to rest upside down. The young driver was quickly out of his badly damaged car and injury free. It took several minutes getting the car out of the fence.
The Adlite Signs NZ Mini Sprints Grant Prix was won for the fourth consecutive year by 1NZ Christian Hermansen.
It was an all-Palmerston North podium finish — Hermansen winning from pole position, from second qualifier 3NZ Shane Dewar and 44P Glen McClutcheon.
The Waipa Hire King Country Sprint Car Championship was won by 88M Keaton Dahm, from 37K Jade Barnett and 18P Greg Pickerill.
Barnett was contesting only his fourth meeting in a sprint car. He won the 2014/15 NZ Mini Sprint Grand Prix.
Next meeting at McDonald’s Kihikihi Speedway on Saturday, January 26 (Anniversary Weekend) features Streetstock Teams Racing and a round of the DVS Super Saloon Series.
Aucklander Breyton Davison 24a rode the rear wheel of 33a James Cossey resulting in a spectacular tumble and ending up entwined in the safety fence.
Brad Mosen 14A on his victory lap after winning the New Zealand Midget Grand Prix at Kihikihi.
1NZ Christian Hermansen wins the New Zealand Minisprint Grand Prix for the fourth year in a row.