Christchurch based off road specialist Wayne Moriarty has won the 2011 Mainland Challenge, raced over the weekend on tracks in the Christchurch region.
Competed as part of the 2011 Mickey Thompson New Zealand Offroad Racing Championship, Moriarty won all three in-class heats at the Rock FM Raceway at West Melton on Saturday then followed that up with a hard-fought victory in the 160 km endurance race at Ohoka northwest of the city the following day.
Closest challenger to the flying Cantabrian on Saturday was Nigel Sutherland, driving his Cougar Evo Toyota. Sutherland led one race until Moriarty passed him in spectacular fashion over the track’s imposing “tabletop” jump, which propels the top cars up to two metres in the air over a distance of up to 25 metres.
The following day, Hamish Lawlor took pole for the 160 km enduro race and led for the first laps while Moriarty battled for second place with Winton driver Donald Preston in his powerful Toyota Hilux V8 and Christchurch’s Dennis Andreassend, winner of the first South Island round. (more…)