Pre champs update:
Saturday 17th January ended up being our last chance for a shakedown before this weekends NZ champs at Stratford. 11 cars fronted at Waikaraka which is not a bad turnout. Race format was just a standard handicap one and this had us near, or completely, off the back in each race.
Racing for the most part was clean although Scotty in the 19a car was in the wrong place at the wrong time and copped a fair amount of damage again, thru no fault of his own. He will be praying for a change of luck this weekend!
We were pretty satisfied with a win and two 3rds from the 3 starts and more importantly we loaded the car up without a scratch on it. We still have not got the gearing bang on but we are close so we are looking forward to our next run at the park which will be the Dirt Cup on the 14th February. With another 20 guys already stating they will come, assuming they survive this weekend, it promises to be the best mod event of the season once again.
Foxy spent the weekend just gone helping out his cousin from up north with his Saloon car. Roy Walker drives the 61a machine and Foxy joined his crew for the Saturday night racing at Waikaraka Park and the NZGP event at Kihikihi on Sunday. 3 wins from 3 starts on the Saturday night was a great start to the weekend and to cap it all off Roy backed this up by taking out the GP on the Sunday! Congrats Roy, not a bad effort given the machinery he has compared to some of the others. Hopefully this is a good omen for this weekend!!
This year we have had a more conservative and relaxed lead in to the NZ title and the team seems pretty happy with how things have gone. Not being the favorite for the title this year has released a lot of pressure and we are all looking forward to heading down to Stratty and giving it our best shot. We have been doing this long enough now to know that anything can happen on the night and if we can keep our nose clean for 3 races then we will be there or thereabouts for a podium finish.
27 cars will front this weekend with more than ½ the field being capable of taking away the championship. The winner will be the one who gains the most from other people's misfortune. Not ideal for a championship but that is the way it goes. We are going down with no preconceived expectations and as such we will enjoy the event for what it is, regardless of results.
Only one place to be this weekend if you are a modified fan so we will see you all in Stratford.