Well we ventured south to the NZ GP, the place where we won the New Zealand champs 2 years ago. We had a slightly bent left knerf bar on the car then & it has been on the car for the last 2 years without getting bent. Unfortunately after passing for the lead in race 1 I climbed up the right rear of a lapped car & fired the car up the fence & along the wall breaking out rail way iron posts along the way. On walking around the car after the crash the only piece that didn’t seem bent was the left knerf bar. It broke the chassis in several places , the radiator up rights etc were broken away. so we got stuck into it & with the thanks of my crew & many random helpers as well as the expert help from Kevin (jamo ) Jameison who welded the car back together along with Marton Jameison we roughly pushed out the bent torsion tubes, fitted a new front end Knerf bars & bumpers & made it out for race 2. After race 2 we had the time to also replace a few bent bits in the rear.
The next two heats the car was a bit average but gained some points & managed to start the feature in grid 10.
Feature. With some fine tuning through the night the car was starting to handle a bit better & had an awesome drive to push through the field passing eight cars to challenge Jamie McDonald for 2nd place. Jamie did the nice crossover & got his spot back resulting in us placing 3rd.
This was a great come back considering the damage we sustained. Many would have loaded up & gone home but I think our years of stock car racing have instilled a determination to fight on.
End result 3rd at the NZ GP behind USA driver Austin Wheatly & Jamie Macdonald.
PS Also a big thanks to Kevin & MartinJameison for towing our trailer to Cromwell ,across to Dunedin & up to Christchurch & then home. a journey of some 3000 pkms