Mosen prof­its from lucky break

Te Awamutu Courier - - News - BY COLIN THORSEN

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.

Pho­tos / Gra­ham Hughes Sportsweb Pho­tog­ra­phy

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.

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