He’s been class champion, dominated the Super 1300 class and now Papakura offroad racer Nick Hall has leapt into the outright championship lead in the Mickey Thompson Champs with a perfect weekend at the latest round, held near Himatangi near Palmerston North in the Horowhenua.
Hall, driving an American-built single-seater race car with a race-tuned 1.3-litre engine, dominated the in-class heats on Saturday of Easter weekend then worked his way up from a start position of sixth to take the lead in Sunday’s 150 km endurance race. He now holds a narrow six point lead in the 2011 Mickey Thompson New Zealand Offroad Racing Championship.
Racing against the biggest and most competitive turnout of Super 1300 cars in the 2011 championship to date, Hall was able to dominate from any start position in the three in-class heats despite landing in the fence off the start in the third heat. When another racer moved to the outside off the start line, Hall was unable to avoid the rear of the other car, and both tangled with farm fencing alongside the track. Fortunately, organisers ruled the race should be restarted and Hall carved through the field to once more win. (more…)