Current Race Season 2020-2021
12/12/2020

Taranaki Midget Champs

As the defending Taranaki Midget Champ, of course we were down at Stratford Speedway this weekend to defend our title!  And to start the night off right, we found out that we are the current lap record holder for midgets at 12.93 seconds, which we set at last season's Taranaki Champs!

Tonight's format was where the winner will be the highest points scorer over three races, instead of the traditional heat racing followed by a winner take all feature race.  This meant consistency was key to a good result, but you still need to be up the front of the pack!  With team morale high we hit the track for race one where we were starting near the back of the field.  Ricky pulled off a great move in turn one and was able to pass the majority of the field around the outside, and then picked off the last few cars over the next two laps and held onto the lead to the chequered flag.  Race two and Ricky was able to move through the field and pull off another win.  So far it was two wins which is a perfect start to the night.

Looking at the points we would need to finish in the top 5 of the final race and either in front or directly behind the 39A of Peter Hunnibell to hold onto our title.  We were starting mid-field and had to fight our way through the traffic, and with Peter moving into the lead quickly we needed to finish either 1st or 2nd to win the event.  Ricky passed into second position with only 3 laps to go and was unable to catch up to Peter however was able to secure his 2nd place finish.  This meant we were once again the Taranaki Champ's for the second year in a row!

Another great night racing at Stratford Speedway with an awesome track, great competitors, and a great atmosphere all round.  A massive thank you to the crew for all their hard work, and also to the Stratford track for hosting the event.  With the next event at Stratford for us being the New Zealand Grand Prix in February, this was a great chance to get in some more seat time as well as have a bunch of fun!