The national final of the Asset Finance Off Road Race Series was held as part of Manukau’s Full Throttle Weekend, so we headed out to Colin Dale Park to see what it was all about.
With a variety of classes catering for vehicles ranging from kids’ purpose built off-road carts through to 600ci or more of full space-framed V8s and a couple of road-going four wheel drives, there was something for everyone. If you don’t mind a little bit of dust and mud, that is.
When offered the chance to occupy the passenger seat of Raana Horan’s championship-winning Nissan, I jumped at the chance. Powered by a supercharged 5.6-litre Nissan V8, the truck makes more than 600hp and, more importantly in this scene, over 1100Nm of torque, so I knew I was going to be in for a cool ride.
I watched the truck during a few races earlier in the day and saw the massive air it was getting over the main jump, but it wasn’t until I was strapped in and sitting on the start line that it really hit me just how crazy this was going to be. And it wasn’t until we approached the main jump at speed that I realised how fast and hard these guys were hitting it. Yep, I puckered up pretty quick.
With the landing of the first jump over, I could relax in the knowledge that Raana is one of the best drivers in one of the best-prepared vehicles. With just five laps of the short course and a 605ci Ford and a supercharged Toyota to compete with, it was full throttle the whole time. I was impressed with how well Raana could throw around the 2.2-tonne vehicle, and surprised to find out that he’s only been campaigning it for a season and a half. (more…)