HUNTER TEAM RACING - RESULTS
HTR Quarter Midget Achievements:
Season points championship
2 nd overall
Northern Zone championship
3 rd overall
Best presented car
Canterbury Championship Trophy
1 st Overall
Ashburton Xmas Cup
1 st Overall
Season points championship
1 st Overall
Northern Zone Championship
2 nd Overall
Season points championship
3 rd Overall
Canterbury Championship Trophy
4 th Overall
Season points championship
4 th Overall
2 nd overall
Season points championship
2 nd overall
Canterbury Championship Trophy
3 rd Overall
Barbara Leversedge Memorial Trophy
2013/2014 Season Update
The 2013-2014 season has come to an end. it has been a great year picking up a new sponsor along the way (DYNOWORKS) who has built us a awesome and reliable motor, we hope you get some work out of our sponsorship. Once again it has been a great year picking up a 2nd spot in the overall championship finishing behind Montana who drove her car astonishingly well. (season results to be confirmed).
The final race meeting arrived it was the Canterbury Champs, everybody was pumped and ready to go. The HTR team after 3 gruelling races ended 3rd in the Champs behind Montana Jamieson and Tyler Warnock who had his first win ever what a way to top it off good on him.
The newcomers Cam and Anisha did well. I don’t think cam managed a win but they both did very well for their very first season in a quarter midget .
Last of all I would like to thank all of my sponsors Lordship Engineering, Hanham and Philp Contractors Jaytod Engineering and DYNOWORX.
Here are the results for my last few meetings:
Race Meeting #5
Race 1 - 5th, Race - 2 2nd, Race 3 - 2nd
Race Meeting #6
Race 1 - 2nd, Race 2 - 2nd, Race 3 - 3rd
Race Meeting #7
Race 1 - 1st, Race 2 - 4th, Race 3 - 3rd
Race Meeting #8
Race 1 - 2nd, Race 2 - 2nd, Race 3 - 2nd
Race Meeting #9
Race 1 - 2nd, Race 2 - 4th, Race -3 1st, Race 4 -1st
Race Meeting #10
Race 1 - 3rd, Race 2 - 2nd, Race 3 - 1st, Race 4 - 3rd
Race Meeting #11 Canterbury Champs
Race 1 - 6th, Race 2 - 2nd, Race 3 - 3rd
(3rd overall for Canty Champs).
Ruapuna Saturday 14th Dec 2013—Meeting # 4
The last meeting at Ruapuna for the year. It's a good night and a good crowd. Roger is back to keep the team focused and make sure dad has things all sorted. There is another good turn out of quarter midgets so racing will be fun as always.
Race results for the night as follows:
Race 1— Started in grid position 4 which was the first outside grid draw in a while. I got a lucky start from the green flag drop and jumped into 1st position. Montana had a lot more work to do from the back so I managed to grab a win for the start of the night.
Race 2—Started in grid position 9 and had to work hard to grab a 3 position.
Race 3—Started in grid 8 and dropped in behind Montana for a 2nd place.
Its been a fun first half to the season. I am already looking forward to the first race night in 2014. I am hoping that my 5 speed motor will be back and in the HTR car for the start of 2014. I have always preferred my 5 speed for some reason? Maybe its because that's the motor I started with a few years ago. Will see you at the track in Mid Jan.
Ruapuna Saturday 30th Nov 2013—Meeting # 3
Night 3 at the home track. Looks like the weather will hold out so we should be good to get 3 races in. Roger is back in chch to help out with race night so things should be stress free!!
The track looks good again so hopefully there will be some good racing and more than one line to drive. The HTR car is still good after the last meeting and the motor still seems ok.
Race results as follows for the night:
Race 1—Started in grid position 7 and had a good run to 1st place by the end of the race.
Race 2—Started in grid position 5 and managed to get a hard fought 3rd.
Montana was flying as always and running some really good lines!
Race 3—Started in 5th grid position again (seem to be getting a lot of inside draws). I could not reel in Montana no matter how hard I tried so happy to get a 2nd. Good on Montana….3 feature wins from 3 meetings! Good to see some of the new kids getting some pace as well!
Ruapuna Saturday 9th Nov 2013—Meeting # 2
Night two at the home track. The race schedule is not such a quick turnaround tonight so will provide the pit crew (dad) with a bit more time to get things set up ok.
We are going to run a different tyre for the night as we don't want to temp fate after peeling a tyre last week. Revy Kevy Clive has made repairs to the damaged rim and we are all good to go.
A late night in the garage to get the car ready the night before since dad has been away but all is looking good.
The track looks better than last week but the cooler night means the crowd is not as good which is a shame.
Race 1 - Not such a good grid draw (9) but at least I get a run from the front in the second race. For whatever reason, the start flag dropped before I got into position so I was well back from the start but that just meant that I drove harder to make up for it. By the last lap I had clawed into 3rd spot and was managing to pull closer to Ben in 2nd spot, we both came out of the last corner within inches of one and other and raced for the line with everything we both had but I could not get my nose in front so settled for a hard fought 3rd ...good race though Ben. Montana had another awesome win. She is just so damn quick!
Race 2 - Running off grid two but along side Montana so it was always going to be a battle to stay in front of her! We battled it out for the whole 4 laps and I had to do everything I could to hang onto her Montana’s coat tails. She did cross the line in front of me but the officials decided to give me the win because of some issue at the start. Bummer for Montana as she was so fast but the win went to me. An awesome run from one of the newer drivers….Anisha had an awesome run and ended up with a well earned 2nd place!
Race 3 - Started in grid 3. Battled for the whole way but Montana was still hard on the throttle. Very happy with a 2nd place and to finish 3 from 3 after last weeks DNF. The motor still feels good….might have to talk dad into a gearing change though!?
Ruapuna Saturday 2nd Nov 2013 (opening night)
Opening night at the home track. It seems like it has been forever since I was behind the wheel and getting the buzz from screaming around Ruapuna. The track has had a makeover in the offseason and looks great. HTR has had a couple of practice days at the track and the car feel strong with the new motor but there are some other cars that are just as fast if not faster so it should be a full on season. Heaps of family and friends are at the track to watch me kick off the season. Even my young cousin Lucy from Auckland is here to watch. The new paint job on the car looks awesome and we have had lots of great comments about it. Roger Nees did a great job of the graphics!!!! The plan is to keep the car in one piece for the first race meeting….here's hoping!
We have a fast turn around for races tonight, Race 1, 4 and 10 so I will have keep the pit crew on their toes….its just dad so he will be busy! The crowd is a good one...its always more fun with a big crowd.
Race 1 - I started from grid 5. Only four laps so I needed to be on the pace quickly if I wanted to gain a couple of spots. Jesse had a roll over very early in the race which was a bummer for him in a new car. His car was looking a bit bent but he was fine. The restart was not too bad for me but the pace of all cars is full on. I managed to reel in a couple of spots and come in 3rd which was great. The car is in one piece! Yay!
Race 2 - After a couple of teaks to the car setup plus a splash of fuel and we were back on the track again. Starting from grid 6 this time. Having an outside grid gave me a better opportunity to get some clear track at the start and make some good progress through the field in the early stages of the race. At the drop of the chequered flag I had just managed to drop into the first spot….the win was a great buzz!
Race 3 - Starting from grid 5 again. The start was awesome for an inside grid. I have managed to reel in a couple of positions and was sitting in 3rd when things started to go wrong. I was not sure what it was but the car was reving hard in the corners and was handling as bad as dads truck. I was having to work really hard to keep it under control and was loosing ground on the front runners. Every corner was a battle and I lost spots and was back in my 5th position by the last corner. Then a tap from behind resulted in a spin out. First nights and a DNF…..bummer! Turns out that I had peeled a tyre off the rim at the start of the 2nd lap and that was why things were not going so well. But the car is still in one piece and we will be back next week for another go.
Track was great. Good job to the race officials!
2012/2013 Season Wrap Up.
Thanks for checking in on Hunter Team Racing again. Dad and I have not had much chance to update the website for the last several meetings of the year so we have been a bit slack! Check out further down for the update on the last 5 meetings of the season.
We had our last race meeting for the season at Ruapuna on 9th March (refer below for details). There are still a few other tracks to race at over the next few months but we have decided to spend a bit more time on getting the HTR car ready for next season so dad and I have already started pulling bits off and getting them spruced up.
It has definitely been a tougher season than last year. We had a seriously full on race schedule with our trip to Auckland as well as the south island series just a week after we got back. I have tried my hand at some new tracks around NZ (Western Springs, Waharoa, Rosebank, Dunedin and Invercargill). Some have worked out pretty good for and me and some not so much! I managed to tip the car over for the second time in my 4 seasons of racing but I had some awesome results along the way as well. The highlights for me were racing in front of 26,000 people at Western Springs and finally hitting all the right buttons at Dunedin and taking out the feature race. The lowlights are what dad calls learning opportunities? At times it has been tough to pick ourselves up this season but there has always been a helping hand from other teams to push us along and keep us on the track. Kevin Clive, as always has been an awesome help.....not just to us but to all the other kids on the track. Roscoe has been there helping us on the day and contributing heaps to the 1/4 midget club. There are a lot of other people in the club and at all the tracks that we race at that donate their time and energy to support the sport. The people are too many to thank but I appreciate what they do!
One thing is for sure though......all the other kids on the track are getting faster and it is making for great racing! They are all great fun to hang around with and damn hard to beat on the track! So we better be ready with our “A” game for next season as the pace will be even hotter!
I also want to say thanks again to my sponsors for their support during the this season, Hanham & Philp Contractors + Lordship Engineering have backed us for the last three seasons and have been at the track cheering us on, along the way. These guys go out of their way for us and it is much appreciated!
Next season will be tough for sure but from our experiences this year, hopefully we can be better prepared for the season ahead.....you may even see us in new colours and hopefully an additional sponsor!? Keep tabs on our website as we could be back on the track for an end of season appearance on the west coast if the planning for the club and HTR works out right!! Thanks for your support during this season. Bring on 2013/2014 season!!
Ruapuna Saturday 9th March
Its probably last race meeting for us for this season for HTR so we are keen to go out with some good results. The motor is struggling to find some speed but the handling issues earlier in the year seem to be something of the past so at least I know that the car will go in the direction I point it. I just have to point it in the right direction!!! The pace from the other cars is full on again and guys like Jack and Liam as well as the lads from Nelson make it hard to stay out front…….Montana is just a rocket ship and keeping the car on great lines!! A fun night and no drama on the track. I had a ball
Race 1—Started from grid 1 and crossed the finish line in 2nd place.
Race 2—Started in grid 7 and picked up a few places to run home in 4th.
Race 3—Started in 12th grid and made some good ground to finish 6th.
Ruapuna Friday 8rth March (Canterbury champs night)
The last race meeting at Ruapuna was supposed to be the Canterbury champs night but due to track conditions/weather, the 1/4 midgets did not get a chance to play for the trophy so tonight is it. Obviously I am keen to keep the trophy in my bedroom at home but the pace of some of the other drivers at the moment was always going to make things tough.
Race 1—Started in grid 2 and ended up dropping off the pace and crossing the line in 4th. Jack and Montana were flying as well as Jayden!
Race 2—Started in Grid 8. I did manage to pick up a few spots but definitely not enough to put me in a good place for a championship win. Finished 4th.
Race 3— Started in grid 8 again and managed to jump 2 spots to run across the line in 6th.
I Have not seen the final results as yet so will wait for prize giving but these results will be enough for a 4th overall I think? Still good going given the speed of the racing from the other kids on the track!
Ashvagas Sunday 3rd March
I always love racing at Ashvagas!! The race officials are great, the weather is usually good and the track is always awesome. Swampy really knows how to prep a track but he had his work cut out for him this time with all the rain we had had leading up to race day. He did a pretty good job anyway! It was not the best of results for me at Ashvagas but I still had a ball! Check out the picture below….Liam and I racing wheel to wheel….awesome fun!
Race 1—started in 4th grid and crossed the line in the same place.
Race 2—Started in grid one and dropped one place to finish in 2nd place.
Race 3—Started in grid 7 and picked up a few spots for a hard fought 4th.
After the racing us kids swapped cars and had a play on the track to see how the other cars handled. Liam had a play in mine but we had to shoe horn him in! Jesse has a play in Liam’s and drove it like he stole it!.....think that will be his new car for next season?! I had a go in Jesse’s but struggled to get used to the very different setup. All good un though.
Ruapuna Saturday 9th Feb
Thanks Revy Kevy for sorting out the steering on the car! This was supposed to be the champs night but weather and track conditions meant that we had to race on the smaller (bull ring ) track for the two races that we got. I have not raced on this track for a while so it was good to get a play on something different.
Race 1 & Race 2— I managed to steal a front row start on both races. Given the tight racing conditions on the bull ring meant that I was able to keep other traffic out and got a 2nd and a 1st.
Ruapuna Saturday 2nd Feb
We have had almost a couple of weeks off racing which has been good after the full on racing schedule of Dec and Jan. Back at the home track again and looking forward to putting some of the issues we have had behind us!
Race 1— Started in 9th Grid and jumped forward a few spots from the start and locked in a solid 5th place.
Race 2—Started in grid 5 and had to work hard to pick up one spot to cross the line in 4th.
Race 3— Was supposed to start in grid 1 and was looking forward to trying to get a good start and see if I could hold out some of the kids that are really on the pace. I got all suited up and strapped in the car when dad noticed a crack in the steering wheel mount that was too substantial to risk putting the car out. I was gutted as I know this will affect the season standings. That’s racing!
Ruapuna 26th Jan 2013
The last race meeting of the SI series for me. Its been a lot of fun and the Auckland kids have been great fun to race and hang out with. I am keen to finish the series on a high and Roger is heading up from Timaru to help out.
Mum and Craig are in the crowd, G/ma & G/dad have also come along to check out the action again. There are now 20 quarter midgets. Its awesome to see so many! The midget series from the night before was intense and looks to get even more so tonight. Not a lot to do on the car as Dad and Roger have made the usual checks and a couple of minor repairs during the day. I have drawn grid 5 for the first race which is not great but the reverse gridding system is fair for all.
Race 1 - 5th place - I did not manage to make good progress on this race since the pace of the cars in front of me was so fast. The car handling feels good but I am not sure we have the under steering issue sorted but we will find out as the track slicks up.
Race 2 - 4th place - Another top five finish was good, especially since I started from grid 14. I had to push a bit harder and commit to the passes as they came. The car handling was still a bit ragged as the track was slicking up but it was still ok.
Race 3 - 4th Place - Started from grid 10. 3 top five finishes from the night was pretty good overall. The car is still in one piece and we got to race against some top class drivers from Auckland. Its been a great learning experience!
Time to chill out for a week before hitting the track again next Saturday. It would be great to see you there.
Ruapuna - 25th Jan 2013
OK! So only 18 hours since I was on the track at Dunedin and we have to be at the Ruapuna track for the first of two nights of racing. Dad has driven late into the night to get to Timaru for a few hours sleep and then we made the rest of the trip in the morning. We unload the car, give it a clean up and check over and head to the track.
There are 19 1/4 midgets racing tonight. I think this is probably as many as have ever been on one track at one time? It will be awesome and at the same time will be more challenging. There is one new driver giving at a go too which is great to see. It is the NZ midget series over the next two days so the crowds will be good. Hopefully I get to check out some of the midget car action….those guys are awesome!!! Mum and Craig are at the track to support me as usual which is great.
Dad does the usual checks on the car and everything looks good. We have 3 races but only four laps per race so it will be hard for all the drivers to make good yards from the back of the pack.
Race 1 - 1st place - I drew grid 4 for the first race which was good. I got another good start and jumped out to the lead and stayed there for the full race. The next couple of races will be tougher though as my grid positions in such a big field will make it hard to get anywhere near the front plus everyone is on song and racing hard if the first race is anything to go by.
Race 2 - 12th place - Started from grid 15. This was a good clean race and everyone was pushing hard. I had some under steering issues but the 12th place was just down to how hard it was to get past the other drivers. The car definitely has the speed so that’s a good sign.
Race 3 - 5th place - Still working on getting a handle on the slick track and under steering but I did start from grid 8 so made some progress on the field in the four laps we had.
Not a bad night overall. We are finishing all races and getting some good results. Just need to get a handle on the under steering issue. Another meeting tomorrow night which will be the last one for me in this series as we have decided not to run at Ellesmere.
Dunedin (Beachlands) - 24th Jan 2013
The trip up from Invercargill was not too long and dad managed to get some more time on the car setup and see if we could sort out the engine running issues. With more time check dad finally find the issue. As suggested by Jamo, there is an air leak in the inlet manifold area. A small part of a cable tie has got pinched in between the carb and the manifold….something so simple but missed in the rush on race night. Dad is happy to fix the problem but bummed again that he has missed something that could have been fixed on the night…...thanks for good advice Jamo! A couple of other tweeks and minor repairs and we are ready for the track. Roger is coming down from Timaru so we should be all good.
Some of the 1/4 kids snuck out for a quick blast on the go karts in Dunedin. As you would expect, it was very competitive but clean racing. Good on you Alissa for fastest lap time! A quick swim at the top 10 pool to freshen up and off to the track we go.
The track looks good and is a similar size to Invercargill. Dad and I have a discussion about the gearing and consult the gear ration chart to make sure we are on the right track from race one. Dad lets me make the call on ratio’s based on what revs he thinks we will get on the track. I want to keep the motor in one piece so make the call to play safe. Roger is already going over everything on the car again to make sure we get a good run with not issues. We are advised that we have 3 races plus a feature race (highest points from the front).
Race 1 - 3rd place - I have drawn grid 7 for the first race which means I will get grid 1 and 13 for the next two races. The track is awesome, the car feels great (both motor and setup) but all the other cars are so fast! I managed to get past 4 cars for a solid 3rd place which is a good start for the night.
Race 2 - 1st place - I started from the front, got a good kick out from the green flag drop and just stayed there for the whole race. There were a number of cars nipping at my heals but I managed to keep them out just long enough to take the chequered.
Race 3 - 7th place - It was always going to be hard to get in with the front bunch when starting off the back but I did get another good dtart which set me up well for picking my way through some of the other cars.
My 7th place in the 3rd race plus the my results in the previous two races meant that after a toss off the coin with David Pellow, I got to start the feature from grid 2. The biggest issue was that Morgan from Auckland was off grid one and he is damn fast!
Feature race - 1st place - Yeeha!!!! We finally got it all together this year and got a feature win! Man I was pumped! I managed to inch past Morgan at the start and dropped into bend one first and from there I just slowly pulled away. By the end of the race I had a few car lengths lead.
HTR really needed this night! After this issues we had in Akl, The trashed motor in the previous week and other nagging issues since had meant that we had been starting to feel a bit down. Tonight had given us a good injection of motivation again. Word in the pits is that we did well because Roger is back on the team for the night. We definitely seem to have things more sorted when he is around!
Invercargill (Riverside) - 22nd Jan 2013
After a couple of days in Twizel (2 salmon from the Canals), we have made the last few hours drive to the deep south to check out a track we have never raced on. I am not sure but I don't think the 1/4 midgets have ever raced on the Riverlside track so it is new for al of us. There are 7 Chch 1/4 midgets that have made the trek as well as the 6 Auckland cars so it should still be god racing.
Dad has put in the new race motor after the last one let go at the previous racing at Ruapuna just a few days ago. The guys at the track filled me in on the racing at Greymouth that we did not make it to on Sunday and it sounds like the track there was awesome as usual.
I am just keen to get back in the seat and test out the new motor! Even before we get to race dad is concerned at how the new motor is running. The motor is good but something is not setup right. A couple of quick calls to Jamo for advice and numerous attempts to resolve did not fix the issue. With no time to spend on repairs we will have to just race the car as is as it seems that it will run ok in race mode!?
We got 3 races at Invercargill plus a feature race. Whilst I was keen to push things along and see what we could achieve, it did not work out as planned. We managed to run mid pack all night (7th, 6th, 7th, 6th). The new motor is a 6 speed gearbox which neither myself or dad have had to set up gearing for before. IN the first two races, it became obvious that running in 5th gear was not working. Dad made changes to the sprocket sizes so we could run in 4th gear which is also what I am used to with the old motor. The car felt a lot better after that but the on going motor setup issues joust continued throughout the night. Alissa had worse issues that me and struggled to get on the track for all races which was a real bummer for her. Morgan and Liam battled it out all night for the top positions and were kept honest by Brad and Hayden as well as a number of others.
Not an awesome night for HTR but still a lot of fun and more to come. Back to top 10 for a good nights sleep so that we can head to Dunedin tomorrow. Dad is determined to get some time on the motor and figure out what the issue is once we get settled in Dunedin. Sorry no pics for the updates but dad was a bit busy on the night…...maybe I should take over the camera duties.
Ruapuna - 18th Jan 2013
Well its been a bit over a week since our last meeting in Auckland. Revy Kevy has made it back safely from Akl with five 1/4 midgets in the trailer plus a heap of other stuff. Dad has spent a few days mucking around with the car to tidy a few things up from the trip up north and we are ready for racing on home turf. 6 of the Auckland cars have made it to the south island. The 1/4 midgets are tagging along with the TQ,s who are doing a tri nations series around the south island that means we will race 7 meetings in 10 days from Chch to Greymouth and Invercargill through Dunedin and back to chch for some more racing. We are all pumped and ready for more racing.
Day one at Ruapuna is rained off so has moved to Friday 18th Which further condenses the racing calendar for all. There are 18 quarter midgets at the track which must be close to a record for the amount of 1/4’s on one track at one time? Its great to see the Auckland guys that have made the trip down! I am keen to get on my home track and get back into some sort of groove again. Mum and Craig have come to the track to watch which is awesome since mum missed out on catching up in Akl. Grandma and Grandad have also made it to the track.
Race 1 - 12th place? - Well, if I thought I was going to have better luck on my home track then I was wrong! I drew grid 14 which was way back in the field and not a problem because it meant I was off grid 4 in race two. The plan was to keep it clean, stay out of trouble and bring the car home in one piece. I managed to pick up a few places and was doing ok into the last lap and on the home straight the car just died. I managed to coast over the finish line for a finish at least but lost a few places in the process.
Race 2 - Did not Start - Motor dead! After a quick survey by Dad, Guppy and Jamo, it was quickly confirmed that the motor had died and was not going to run again tonight. Bummer!!! There is only one option, Dad decided to get the trusty old spare motor out of the trailer and throw it in. Its not a full race motor but more that good enough to keep us on the track and having fun. The problem is that there is only 3 other races between ours so there is not a lot of chance of getting out for race two. Dad starts the job and Grandad quickly jumps in to help out. They worked great as a team and whilst I missed race two, the motor was changed in 5 races and ready to go. Thanks Revy Kevy for help to get things all hooked up.
Race 3 - 8th place - We had to push the car out as it was not set up well and starting was an issue but once on the track she was all good. For a pretty much stock standard motor, it went really well. I went out in grid 7 I think and dropped on place. I had to keep hard on the gas the whole way and did not even think about using the brake. It was just good to be back out there again. Thanks Dad and granddad …..you are a good team and granddad can be on the pit crew any time!
Race 4 (feature) - 9th place (I think) - With the no start on the 2nd race, I was well back in the grid placing's (14th). The spare motor still felt good even though lacking in a bit of power. I had managed to work my way up to 10th place and on the last lap there was a heap of carnage up front that I narrowly avoided. 3 of the akl cars had got caught up in the mess which was a real bummer. The race was called and after some referee decisions that put the placing's back to the previous lap and a relegation, I think my final position was a 9th. I was just happy to still be racing.
Dad has done some deal during the night and secured me a new race motor. We have made the call based on a bad forecast for Greymouth tomorrow, the fact that we need to do another motor change that is not set up for my car and that we had other plans already booked to not race at Greymouth and focus on getting the motor sorted and ready for Invercargill in 3 days. I still have my fingers crossed that we will get a good run….see you down there if you are around.
Rosebank 6th Jan 2013
We are all probably a bit weary today after a late night getting home from our last night at the springs but we are at the Rosebank track by just after 11am ready to check out a new track in Akl. It is the national title for the solo’s today so there are lots of bikes and spectators. It’s a small track and apparently very slick so I am hoping it is better suited to my driving style. There are about 12 quarter midgets at the track and the weather is already getting scorching hot. The Akl guys give us some good info on gearing and setup for the track and Revy Kevy gives dad a few more setup points to get the traction that we will need.
There are a lot of races for today but they more through them pretty quickly. My Aunty Heather, Uncle Guy and cousins Lucy ad Meg have come along to check out the action. It was really cool to catch up with them since we did not get a chance to spend much time with them whilst they were down in Chch during Christmas. It was a bummer we did not get to go to Twizel over the holidays again like we did last year!
Race 1 - 1st place!!! - Finally a win in AKl. I had a grid 2 position start and the track is hard to pass on as most of the grip is down low so I held the low line for the whole race and just gave it everything. Breyton was all over me for most of the race and I could see him poking his wheels on the underside of me on the corners or trying out wide. We had 4 cautions in the race and I was hanging out for the chequered. The track was just awesome fun and all the tips we had gat about car setup were perfect! The car handled great and had all the power I needed. The best thimng about the race was that we had a Chch car take 1st, 2nd and 3rd place (Brad and Liam right behind me and Alissa in 5th even with car issues) The first time we had all driven this track and we did great…..go team! Bit of a bummer that Alissa’s car issues put her out of the racing for the rest of the day!!
Race 2 - 6th place - I started in grid 8 and managed to make some progress on the track to pick up a good 6th which with one race to go would put me in a good grid draw for the big feature race at the end of the day. Brad and Liam had another good race as well so we were all hoping for a good 3rd race to get all the Chch cars near the front of the grid for the feature.
Race 3 - DNF - Bummer man! I started in grid 8 again. I knew I had to charge hard to get a good draw for the feature. Dad had done a tyre change to try to get some more bite from the track. I made some great progress in the first 6 laps and had moved to 2nd place! I even snuck under Liam on one corner which is not easy task given how well he has been driving for the whole season but I got pushed out wide on one corner and then on the next corner a car spun out in front of me and I had to spin out to avoid the collision. With no restarts, that was the end of that race for me, I was a bit gutted but had another race to go so had to suck it up and move on. Another good finish for Liam and Brad though! I think they got a 1st and 2nd???
Feature race - 4th place - After the DNF in the 3rd race I got a 6th grid position for the start. It was always going to be hard to drag the car to the front but I had 10 laps to give it a go and the car was going good on this track. Liam and Brad are kicking off on the front row so the Chch team is well represented up front! Both Liam and Brad drop into the first corner in front with a couple of akl cars right up their tails and me tagging in behind them. Unfortunately Brad spins out in about lap 2 or 3 so there is a caution. Liam has the lead at the restart and holds onto it for the whole race. The two AKl cars and myself are right up his backside at the chequered. I would have preferred a top 3 finish but it was still a great race and a great track.
We finish off the day with presentations for the winners and get the race trailer loaded with five 1/4 midgets, some TQ race parts and 50 TQ tyres. The Clive clan still have to get everything back home so it will be a long trip for them.
The Akl trip has been full of challenges and some bummer times on the track but it has been awesome fun and a big learning curve for Dad and myself. The car is a bit beaten up but all fixable. The rest of the Chch team (parents and kids) have been great fun to travel with and have supported one and other the whole way. The Auckland club have been great hosts and very helpful. The Akl kids are a lot of fun to hang out with…..Dad and myself are ready to head home but damn glad we came and very thankful to the Clive clan for making our trip possible! Thanks Revy Kevy and Roscoe for all the help during the trip as well as Shaun at Seaco!! I think Hunter Team racing has missed our main man in the pits though!. Hopefully Dodgy Rogey can get to some of the SI meetings over the coming weeks!!!
We fly home tomorrow (Monday) with Roscoe and Liam. Liam will be happy with his racing in AKl as he ahs done very well and driven like a ace. The Akl team are getting ready to send 5 or 6 cars down to the South Island for the TQ tri nations tour that the 1/4 midgets are also doing so it will be great to have up to 20 1/4 midgets on the SI tracks and put on a great show…..two weeks into the holidays and we have done a lot of racing but still heaps to come!!! Check out the next events on our home page….see you at the track!
Western Springs 5th Jan 2013
All the team spent the bulk of the morning cleaning cars from Waharoa a couple of days before. We had all managed to get a day away from racing yesterday and checked out the awesome race action as spectators on the evening of the 3rd. The sprintcar action was awesome as was the midgets. It was good to see Ryan Barry doing so well as well (he used to drive my car a few years ago). A couple more repairs to my car which were still flow on effects from beating the car up in the first meeting at Springs but was not a big job thanks to Shaun at Seaco!!
The springs first race was going to be on a wet and slippery track again. That means not going wide on turn two!!! I have learnt that much at least from the springs!!!
Race 1 - 7th place - I started in Grid 7 and finished in the same place. There was lots of mud and the track was hard work. The car seemed to lack power as well but after the race I found out I had accidentally hooked into the wrong gear so that answered the power issue. Bummer….that's not something I typically get wrong! Still in one piece though and aside from a monster clean up job of all the mud on the car, Dad does not have anything to fix!
Race two - 7th place - I started off in grid 8 managed to move up one place. The track had changed a lot and the pace was fast. My grid draws have not been great but the other cars have all been fast and hard to make ground on so it has been a great learning experience to be up against the other kids at the springs.
Liam had another great night with a podium finish (3rd). He really has had a great campaign in AKl so far and has driven well. Dad reckons that it has been the body slams that we have given him every morning that has pumped him up but I am pretty sure that it comes down to just damn good driving!
The best thing about racing at the Springs tonight was the crowd. There were 26,000 people at the stadium so it was just an awesome atmosphere ( check out picture to the right, that’s me in the foreground just checking out the size of the crowd. The Mexican waves are cool!)
Waharoa 3rd Jan 2013
The Waharoa track was not a planned race event for the trip to Akl but the Akl Kiwi Kids 1/4 midget club decided to organise a fun day for the 1/4’s. The track is about 2 hrs south of Akl so it was up early to be at the track for 10.30am. The day is a bit wet in Akl so it’s a last minute call to confirm we are making the trek. The weather improves as we head south so the locals have made the right call.
The track is only small but looks great fun. We have about 9 cars at the track and the Akl club is putting on a BBQ for lunch….Awesome guys, thanks.
The great thing about the day is that they are doing a time trial, a poll shuffle and a few races. I have not done a time trial or poll shuffle before so I am looking forward to giving it a go. First we have to do some wheel packing though as the track is pretty muddy after the rain during the night. After getting rid of whet looked like 20 kgs of clay it was into the time trial. (check out the picture above as we get the track packed)
Time trial - I was about 4th up on the time trial. Hayden is apparently the guy to beat on this track ad he had already run. The advice we had got from the locals about gearing turned out to be good for as the car went really well and I won the time trial by 0.1 of a second over Hayden.
Poll Shuffle - I was second up for the poll shuffle and went up against Alissa. A managed to just creep past her for the win but lost my second run to Brad who was pushing hard to stay on the track and had chosen the inside line which was the favoured for the poll shuffle.
Racing - We had 3 races. I struggled with traction for some of the day until dad got the tyres and pressures right. I managed a 8th, 5th and a 4th which was pretty good for a tight track, Liam grabbed an awesome win in the feature 10 lapper which was another win for the chch team….good on you dood.
The trek back to Akl , changed at the hotel and straight out to watch the racing at Western Springs which was an awesome night with the midget 50 lapper on.
Thanks to the Akl 1/4 midget club for putting on a great day.
Western Springs - New Years Day 2013
a new year and I am keen to kick
it off with a good nights racing
at Western Springs! I got to watch
the fireworks at the top of the
skytower at midnight last night
which was really cool. We get to
the track and unload the cars from
the Monster Clive trailer….we are
getting good at unloading four cars
and all the gear in about 10 mins.
As soon as we get things unloaded
dad notices that the Jacobs ladder
is bent from the last race (was
straightened from the roll over
and must be getting weak?). The
spare goes on and we make the adjustments
to the gearing to see if we can
get some more speed from the track
since I was tapped out on my last
race here. The crowd is building
again so should be another big night!
Race 1 - DNF– Things
are not going well for me at the
Springs! I started in Grid 7 on
a wet and slippery track. I was
warned before I went out about the
conditions but somewhere along the
line I got things messed up coming
out of turn two and hit the wall.
Another trip into the infield to
watch the last 3 laps. I can tell
the car is a bit munted again so
I am not looking forward to seeing
the damage as I know it was a big
The new Jacobs ladder that dad had
just put on in bent beyond repair,
the rear axle is bent, another panel
has taken a smack and a few other
bits are not looking pretty. I can
tell that dad is not a happy camper
and I am bummed that I have created
a heap more work. I am thinking
the car wont be back on the track
tonight but Revy Kevy is quickly
assessing the damage with Dad and
Roscoe and confirming that we have
all the parts we need to make the
required repairs. The guys just
worked flat out to replace the rear
axle and Jacobs ladder plus the
other bent bits. Within no time
the car is back on its wheels and
getting rechecked but the scruitineer
in of time for the feature race.
Really have to say a big thanks
again to Revy Kevy, Roscoe and Dad!!!!!
These guys worked damn hard to make
sure I got another shot at the springs.
I have to admit to being a bit gun shy before going out or the second
race after mucking thinks up so
bad in the first race….I need to
bring the car home in one piece
after this race as we are running
out of spare parts!!!
2– 5th place - The track
is in awesome condition and has
plenty of grip compared to the first
race. I am starting from 6th grid
which is not a lot better than the
first race but I am just happy to
be behind the wheel again!!. A number
of places change hand throughout
the race gat as far as fourth but
get pulled in by Morgan again which
slots me into 5th at the chequered.
Good to have another no drama race!!!
Liam takes home the first win for
the Christchurch team….Awesome dood.
He also get a podium spot for the
night with enough points for 3rd
It’s a late night by the time we
get things loaded up. Not my best
of racing escapades but we are in
one piece and whilst the car is
a bit bruised it still feels good
for another race meeting at the
Springs in a few days time. Hope
to see you there!
Western Springs - 29th December 2012
at the Western Springs track for
another go. The Chch team have spent
the previous day working on bent
and buckled cars after the events
of the previous nights racing. A
trip to Harris Race cars for some
much needed new parts for Alissa’s
car as well as mine. Some set up
changes to Alissa’s car and some
more serious repairs to Brad’s.
By mid Avo we are all sorted. Roscoe’s
panel beating skills are put more
to the test on Brad’s car but again
he has done a good job with the
tools available (hammer– check out
the master panel beater at work
in picture to right)
An awesome day in Akl for racing.
The track looks awesome and the
crowd is building. A lot of the
best Speedway drivers are here from
NZ, Aussie and USA. I just want
to get back on the track and get
a race finish after the messy night
on 27th. Dad is nervous and just
wants me to get some track time
so that we can get the gearing and
setup right. Uncle Kevin is at the
track with his mate Simon to come
and cheer me along as well….thanks
heaps for coming.
1 - 8th place - Yeeha! I started and
finished a race at Western Springs!
I was gridded on 9th place and was
happy just to get a feel for the
track and stay out of trouble. The
car setup feels good although pulling
too many revs. This track really
is grippy compared to what I am
used too so takes a bit of getting
used too. The Akl cars are fast
for sure and the drivers are good!
Liam managed a well deserved 4th
place (good on you dood!), Brad
got a clean race like me and Alissa
had a monster drive for 5th, she
was very happy with the adjustments
Revy Kevy had made to the suspension
Race 2 - 3rd place - After a bit of deliberation in the pits, Dad decided
to make some changes to the gearing
to pull back on the revs. Uncle
Kevin could not resist picking up
some power tools and making a small
repair that needed some attention.
Some tweaks to tyre pressures and
we were back on the track. I was
in grid 4 so a lot better start
position than the previous race.
The crowd must be 15,000 strong
and the atmosphere is just awesome….Not
a great start for me in this race
as I was not ready for the flag
drop but I soon wind up the HTR car and slot into 3rd place. The track
is still in great
condition and got plenty of grip.
I have my foot hard on the go pedal
and pushing as hard as I can but
I cant pull in the two akl cars
in front of me. Good on Morgan for
an solid win! I was more than pleased
with a 3rd place at my second race
at the Springs. Bummer for Liam
who had a DNF, Brad had another
clean race and Alissa grabbed another
good mid field finish.
Thanks Dad and the rest of Chch
team patching up the HTR car and
giving me another chance at the
NZ Speedway Mecca! All the parents
are happy that there are no major
repairs for any of the cars. Also
got Jerry Coons Jnr’s autograph
on my overalls….cool!
Next race meeting on 1st Jan at
Western Springs again….cant wait!!!
Western Springs - 27th December 2012
been a long time coming but we are
finally here in Auckland to race
at Western Springs at 4 race meetings
and Rosebank for 1 meeting. There
are 4 1/4 midgets from Chch that
have made the trek to akl. Alissa,
Brad, Liam and myself. Liam and
I have taken the easy trip to akl
via plane whilst the Clive clan
have loaded up the monster trailer
and driven with all 4 cars over
Xmas day and boxing day to be at
the track for racing on boxing night.
Unfortunately The weather got the
won out and the racing was postponed
until the 27th.
So here we all are back at the and
ready to race in front of a crowd
that is bigger than I have ever
raced in front of before. The track
and the atmosphere is awesome. This
is the place to race and I have
wanted to be here on this track
since I started racing at 8 years
old. The local 1/4 midget club are
keen to help out and point un in
the right direction so that makes
things a lot easier. We get to race
twice, once at 6.30pm just before
the main event and once during the
main event. (Brad and myself in
the picture above, in the dummy
grid ready to go out for race one,
HTR car in the pits before we bent
it below not looking so pretty now!)
Race one - DNF - Well
it does not get much worse in terms
of racing! I have to admit to a
bit of nerves just before going
out onto the track but I am keen
to “give it the welly” as dad always
says and see how I can go against
the local lads. The track looks
good. I am gridded on an outside
line one row from the back. There
are 14 cars from memory so a great
field! I made it to the first corner
having got a good start and it all
turned to custard! Somewhere along
the line Brad got hooked up with
another car and launched into the
air, as I was dropping into turn
one Brad impacted the upper half
of my roll cage which dragged my
car over. I rolled in a combined
end over and barrel roll. Brad had
gone over as well. Bits of my car
were scattered on the track and
my car was looking a bit shabby.
was a bit shook up and I was gutted
to have broken my car on the first
corner of the first race at Western
Springs but we were both ok and
in one piece. A quick check for
both of us by the Ambo (st John)
guys and then it was off to check
out the damage to the cars in the
pits to see if they are fixable.
Dad, Revy Kevy, Roscoe and Nathan
were already ripping bits off my
car to replace and straighten. The
right hand nerf bars are trashed
and I don't have a spare with me
so Kevy makes a call to use Brads
since his car is too broken to run
again tonight. The Jacobs ladder
is all bent up but can be repaired,
the roll cage has a slight bend
from where the roof hit the track
but is ok, a couple of body panels
are munted but Roscoe is already
ripping them off and putting his
panel beating skills to good use
(that man is good with a hammer!)
We have got off lucky really and
I owe a big thanks to the team for
getting my car patched up and ready
for race 2 as I am now really chomping
at the bit to get out there on the
track. Lots of offers of help from
the Akl people as well which was
really cool, I feel for Brad who
is out of action for tonight!
Race 2 - DNS - I didn't
think the night could get worse
but it did. The car is all fixed,
dad has gone over every nut and
bolt to check that the car is good
and we have been rechecked by a
scruitineer and given the all clear.
Dad fires up the car and as soon
as I get on the track the car starts
missing and wont rev. I pull off
the track and watch another race
from the infield. IT takes me and
dad more than a few minutes to pick
ourselves up from what is the worst
nights racing I have even had. We
are both bummed to the max! The
issue with the car was just a plug
lead that had come loose in the
roll over and in the rush to get
the obvious bits fixed, did not
get picked up. Dad’s not happy with
himself but that’s racing!
A trip to the repair shop is planned
for the next day to work on Brads
car and do some more permanent repairs
to mine. Racing again in two days
so fingers crossed we will have
a better night!
Check out the Western springs website
for the roll over action.
Ruapuna - Saturday 15th Dec
Another race night at the home track!
Only two races tonight due to the
awesome race program which includes
some good numbers of Sprintcars,
six shooters, Midgets and as always
a big field of TQ’s. There was a
good crowd at the track to check
out the action which was great to
Roger has cruised up from Timaru
to check out the action as usual.
My cousin Ben and his girlfriend
have also made it to the track to
check out the action as well as
my mum and Craig.
Dad and Roger have done the usual
checks on the HTR car so we are
hoping for some good racing.
Race 1 – 2nd place
– I started from the back with Liam
but had the outside line so was
able to get a clear run from the
start. Jay was taking advantage
of a similar line in front of me.
The track was still pretty slippery
as we were first up on the race
card but the high line worked well
for me so I managed a good second.
Good on Jay for a hot pace and a
Race 2 – 2nd place
(but relegated to 5th) – I was gridded
one row forward in race two and
still had an outside line again
so took advantage of that again.
I managed to get past a couple of
competitors using the high line
but had my usual battle with Liam
for first place. He really is hard
to beat! Bit of a bummer that the
whole back group (myself included)
were relegated for not being far
enough back at the start, but that
is the official call so have to
The rest of the racing was pretty
cool to watch! It was a late finish
with all the racing planned but
a lot of fun. It was also good to
see my mates from School (Jamie
ad Ben) in the pits later on.
The next Crusade is in Akl. We have
4 race meetings at Western Springs
and 1 at Rosebank Scheduled over
the Christmas and New Year’s period
and will then come back to Christchurch
for a heap of racing with the TQ
Tri Nations series that will cover
Ruapuna, Greymouth, Dunedin, Invercargill
and Ellesmere.....so there is going
to be a lot of racing and travelling.
We would love to see you at some
of the tracks so keep an eye on
our home page for upcoming events!
Ashvagas - Sunday 2nd Dec
Well its been barely 12 hours since we were at the Ruapuna speedway and here we are already at the Ashvagas track. Its already getting hot as it always seems to be on race day in Ashvagas and Roger is on his way from Hickville to come and help out as well.
Its a big race day for the ¼’s today! Its the south Canterbury ¼ midget Grand Prix. Trophies up for grabs and I am pumped for action. Mum, Craig, G/ma Julie, G/Dad Dave, Lauren, Jordan and Uncle Darren have all come out to check out the racing. Thanks for making the trip!
No handicaps today, Grid draw for first race and reverse grids for 2nd and 3rd races. The grids for the final race will be decided on points from the first three races so I am keen to do well to get a good grid position for the big finale’.....but I am sure everyone else will be wanting the same. The Ashvagas officials have turned out an awesome track again. The track is as good as it gets!
Race 1 – 2nd place – Running off grid position 3, I had to work hard to find the gaps and hold onto a 2nd position. Liam had a white hot pace as always and let everyone know he was not there to muck around! Jack, Alissa and Brad were all battling hard too....there was not a lot between all cars at the finish line.
Race 2 – 4th place – Running off grid 5, I had to work everything I had to get a 4th position.
Race 3 – 1st place – I was starting off the back in this race but had an outside grid and found a nice outside line which gave me some gaps I really needed to get a win. Nice to have the chequered flag in my hands and do a circuit.....that’s one of the things I like about the Ashvagas track!
Race 4 – The big finale’ – 2nd place – What a race! It was almost like a replay of Liam and I in a run off the previous year but this time Liam took it out. I got a great start and took the lead. In my mind, I just had to hold some good lines and I could win. There was a caution about half way through the race and we all bunched up again for the restart. That’s where Liam gave me a lesson in driving! There was no way I was going to give up the lead in this race and I threw everything I had into keeping hold of it. But Liam still inched me out and took a solid win for the Grand Prix trophy. I have to admit to being gutted but the best guy won. Close behind both of us was “Big Bad Barry” for 3rd and Alissa in 4th.
The race motor still in one piece and the car handles great thanks Dad. Thanks to Roger for your help and coming along. The prize giving in the clubrooms afterwards was good fun. Good on Alissa for driver of the day x 2.
Home for an early night....both Dad and I feeling a bit ragged after a busy weekend. But damn good fun..
Ruapuna - Saturday 1st Dec
Back to the home track for the second meeting of the season. There is almost a full field of ¼ midgets at the track (12 cars). Its great to see the Jayden and Jay have made the long trek from Nelson and its awesome to see Tyler is race ready in the brand new car! (check out the picture of his mean machine below). My mate Nick has come along as well G/ma Jean and G/Dad Phil....cool!
So the motor on the HTR car had to have some repairs after the Ellesmere race meeting the week before. Another oil slinger had let go and bits of Aluminium had made their way into all sorts of places in the motor. No wonder I could not change gears after the last race!
A big thanks to Jamo for stripping it down, flushing out and replacing the smashed up pieces. Thanks to dad for ripping the motor out and back in.....good job you were not away from home last week.
I have to admit to not being too confident about the motor as there were no guarantees that damage from the oil slinger were not deeper than could be seen so I had my finger crossed big time. The track was looking good so there were no excuses for not giving it a good go. We were limited to 4 laps for the first two races which was a bit of a bummer but it makes all competitors work harder to get into the front positions.....especially with the handicaps.
Race 1 – 6th Place – A good result from the back and the car feels strong. With a big field it was always going to be tough to find the gaps. Liam did a better job than me on that note and the Nelson boys were hard on the gas also! Ben
Race 2 – 3rd place – A few more gaps to take advantage of in this race and it was good to get into the top 3 placing’s in a 4 lap race. I was not going to catch Ben though who had a monster race and took out a well deserved win. That makes up for the blown motor at the last meeting. Good on you!
Race 3 – 5th Place – A 6 lapper for the last race of the night and everyone was pushing hard. The track was pretty slick and heap of fun. My motor was holding out so Jamo must have worked some good magic again. Ben took out a second win for the night.....so was really on the gas pedal again.
Overall it was a good night. Dad was half prepared to have to put the spare motor in at some stage but the main motor held in well. I had to work hard for every position I got which means everyone is getting faster. An earlyish start the next day so we did not stock around at the track for long after racing. Thanks for coming along to help out Nick!.
Ellesmere Nov 2012
Another good looking day for racing with the added bonus of Ellesmere track having the Caravan Derby which is always an awesome show!! Twilight meeting with racing kick off at 4pm.
Tennis in the morning, a quick lunch and dad was knocking at the door to head to racing. The track looks great when we arrive and the weather is just getting better. 9 Quarter midgets at the track. Its great to see Montana back for another blast around Ellesmere and Bailey all repaired after some issues last week. Ben has got the spare motor in the BM race car after last weeks melt down.
Grid draw for the day so I get a nudge at grid four, nine and one (in that order).
Race 1 - First place: After a quick stop before the race start to get the kick start out….good on ya dad!! I got a good line from the flag drop and slotted in behind Liam then spent the next 5 laps trying everything to get a nose in front of him. Damn he is quick! I just managed to drop inside before the end of the race and keep in front to the chequered.
Race 2 - Third place: Luck definitely worked my way on this race, the line I picked was opposite to everyone else and left a nice opening to pick up a few places. The track was getting slick and everyone was picking up the pace. The track is awesome!
Race 3 - First place: Starting from grid one gave me a chance to get a great start. No easy job to stay in front though! The track conditions were just ideal for the car though so it was just a blast from start to finish with the exception of the last corner when the I went over a bump and heard the motor go “bang”. Kept going but something was not right. I could not get the car out of race gear after the finish line ….hmmmmmm me thinks not good .
The caravan Derby was a great laugh and enjoyed by all. Looking forward to next years Derby already. Good on all those that entered as they provided great entertainment! Dad even won a a screw driver set and a T shirt in the club rooms…..hope the T shirt is a stretchy fabric!! He he.
Ruapuna Opening Night
Sat Nov 17th. The weather in Geraldine where we had been hanging out for a couple of days was awesome. The forecast was not so flash though. Hopefully it will hold out for a big night at the home track! There are sprintcars for Africa planned and should be a good crowd. I get to break in the new overalls too….cool!
We get to the track early, Roger has made the trek from Hickville for the nights racing. Not long before the racing started, there was buckets of rain and lightning and it did not look good for getting on the track. Thanks to the other competitors and race officials for lots of packing and racing got underway all be it a bit late.
There were 9 quarter midgets for opening night….bummer the boys from Nelson could not be there! Hopefully you guys will be there on 1st Dec!
Race 1 - Eighth place: From the drop of the flag the car was not going right. IT was missing and fa%ting for the whole race and had no power. Meanwhile Ben was going like a cannon ball and was making sure that Liam was working hard to stay in touch. I managed to make it to the chequered flag at which point the HTR car decided it had had enough and died. Ben’s car have given up before the finish line which was a bummer as he was looking good for a win!
Back into the pits for some repairs. Dad was not saying a lot about what the problem was. He and Roger had it sorted pretty quick thanks to a spare part from BRM (thanks Shane!) I am pretty sure that dad did something wrong with the carb before the race as he was a bit miffed with himself…..might have something to do with the bung on the carb bowel me thinks!!
Race 2 - First place: Its amazing How much better the car can go with the bung in the carb! Admittedly it was a good grid position for me and I got a good line from the flag drop. The track was starting to get a big cush and limited opportunity to run a wide line. The car felt good but I was pushed to the finish line by Liam all the way
Race 3 - First place: Liam was all over me for the whole race, the rets of the 1/4’s were ganging up behind him so it was a close run race for all. If this is a sign of racing this season then its anyone's game as everyone is hard on the gas!!!.....it should be awesome!
Not a bad start to the race season, hopefully things will stay on track and HTR will have another good season. Thanks to Roger for the help as usual.
Next meeting is at Ellesmere for Caravan Derby so should be awesome. Hope to see you there.
Ashburton 4th November 2012
Lots of rain the day before racing so there was always a chance that racing at Ashvagas would be cancelled. The HTR car had only been out on the track the night before at the Ruapuna dress rehearsal . We managed to get 4 practice runs on the track in between showers.
Dad got the Txt early on Sunday to say that Ashvagas was all go. We got to the track, sun was shining and the track looked awesome despite all the rain of the previous day. There were 8 quarter midgets at the track for the day. Kevy Clive had also got the six shooter out for a run.
Scruitineering (thanks Jamo) kit on and ready to race. Grid draw for the day and I got grid # 1 for the first race. Yay!
Race 1 - Second place: Not the best of starts for me. Montana got the jump on me and took the lead on corner 1. Liam was already working his way from the back to the front of the pack by the end of lap 1. I managed to claw back one spot and drop in behind Liam but there was no way I was going to get past him! No matter what I tried there was no way through. A good win to Liam! Bummer for Alissa who had a broken gear shifter and Ben who has some motor problems.
Race 2 - Second place: Started from grid 5 and got a better start than the first race. Jack, Liam, Montana and Brad were all pushing hard Ben looked to be having some issues with the car. Alissa was back on the track and Jesse was picking up the pace from race 1. I snuck another 2nd place out of the race but there was not much space between all of the cars!
Race 3 - Fourth place: Racing from the back of the grid was always going to be tough. I was hoping to get a good start from the flag drop but everyone was on the button from the flag drop. Ben had got past his electrical problems and was hard on it! Brad was out front and was not going to give it away! I managed to tuck myself into 4th behind Jack and stayed there until the chequered.
Second overall for the day. The track was awesome as it always is at Ashvegas. It was a great day and a lot f fun had with the other kids. Much better results than our last visit to Ashvegas!
Thanks to TJ photos for the driver of the day prize.
Thanks Dad for a fun day! Good on Ben for driver of the day!
Ruapuna 1st Practice day
6th October was the first practice day for the year at the Home track. The weather was not looking too flash at the time of the drivers briefing but did get better from that point on. Only a few 1/4 midgets for the first practice but it was still good to get back on the track and make sure that we had put some of the issues from Ashburton behind us. 4 Starts and 4 finishes for the day so it was a far better result than the previous week! The car went well and I am looking forward to some more track time next weekend.
2013 Season Start
Ashburton September 30th
Almost 4 months with no racing. I think all the ¼ midget kids have been hanging out to get back on the track! I know I have. The day is good although starting to kick up a good wind before racing starts. The track looks great as it always does at Ashvagas! And the HTR car looks great after a few chassis repairs, a tune up, some new brakes and a freshen up on the graphics.
A number of the other kids had also had some work done to their cars in the offseason. Brads new colours look good, Jessie has also done a good job of his new colours, Ben’s new car from Akl looks fierce with the V8 engine....cool! Bummer that Bailey is not in the drivers seat this year!!!
The days racing was not one of the better ones for HTR! The fact that the car looks good did not mean that it went good! 3 races and only 1 finish is definitely not a day’s racing to brag about but there were some good things to come out of the day.
Race 1: - Started form the back row, made some good ground in the first few laps and then when I lifted the foot off the go pedal, it kept going at full throttle. After the initial shock and panic I managed to get to the kill switch and pull into the infield....A good Win to Jack I have to say.
Race 2: - Throttle fixed. Ready to make up for a bad start to the season! I started at one row form the back. Got a great line from the flag drop and worked into 1st place after a couple of laps....yeeha! Just as the yellow caution comes out, I lose drive....lots of revs and no forward motion....., back into the infield to watch the rest of the race. Not a habit I want to get into!
Race 3: - Broken tie rods repaired, chain back on (thanks Dad and Roger!), barely enough time to get back in the car and we are back on the track again. Just a finish would be good. I started from mid pack got past a few to drop into 3rd spot. Brad was driving like a demon up front, Liam was right on his tail and I was looking for any chance I could to get in on the action. Places changed hands more than once with Brad taking out the win, Liam 2nd and me 3rd. It was great to finish a race and 3rd spot was a bonus.
A couple of DNF’s but I still had a great day! It was good to see the other kids again and have some fun on the track. Thanks Roger for heading up from Hickville to the racing. Thanks mum for the lunch.....kept the HTR pit crew happy!
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