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North Island Series - Media Release



SPECTACULAR START TO POLARIS OFFROAD RACING CHAMPIONSHIP

A massive new engine and his trademark spectacular driving style has booked multiple champion Tony McCall a place at the sharp end of the 2016 Polaris New Zealand Offroad Racing Championship at Mangawhai this Easter
McCall destroyed his car’s Chev LS2 V8 in a fiery explosion at the pre-season Teng Tools rallycross at Mount Maunganui but bounced back with a bigger 403 cubic inch V8 engine giving him more power and 550 ft lbs of torque when the championship got under way on Easter Saturday.
He had one of the toughest drives of the day, racing against seven other leading unlimited-class racers including Mike Fraser in his immaculate V8 single-seater and Alan Hilliam in his Porsche-powered car. McCall set the class 1 lap record, a 48.532, in the heats. Then to seal the day he won the reverse grid ‘Big Bangers’ feature outright, ahead of Raana Horan and Nick Hall.
“Raana and Nick are real racers, they run hard but they give racing room, so we had a fantastic battle out there today. In all my 30 years of racing I have never competed in such a well-run, exciting event. Now bring on Woodhill!”
With four wins from four starts, McCall is one of ten racers who took top points at the event.
Also winning every race in their class were Cameron Taylor (4WD Bits class two for production utes and four wheel drives), Rex Croskery (4WD Bits class four for modified utes and four wheel drives), Tyler Castle (class five), Warren Adams (4WD Bits class six for winch challenge trucks), Jamie McKinstry (class 7), Maurice Bain (class nine) and Scott Buckley (class ten). 
The Leader Products Kiwitruck youth category recorded a clean sweeps for Boston Morgan Horan in M class, while Holly Russell stepped up to a new US-built truck and fought off challenges from race winners Harry Hodgson and Aaron Crabb to win the feature race and amass enough points to win the category for the day. Crabb had won races two and three but rolled his truck in the Kiwitruck feature, while Hodgson won the first race but was not able to repeat his form as the day continued. New arrival Canh Rave rolled his truck not once but twice.
In the UTV classes, a season-long rivalry has begun, with Yamaha fronting up to challenge the dominance of Polaris, current NZ1000 and offroad championship defenders.
In the new S class for modified UTVs Tauranga Polaris driver Ben Thomasen was determined to score his first championship wins in his new RZR 1000 Turbo factory racer and did not disappoint, with a string of three victories in the heats before damaging his suspension in the final. Pukekohe’s Carl Ruiterman was consistently second across the four heats in his new locally developed Yamaha YXZ turbo and won the class, with UTV stalwart Mike Small running a normally aspirated Yamaha and finishing second in S class. Thomasen’s DNF dropped him to third in class for the day, but he had already recorded the class and outright lap record of the day, a 48.502.
U class, the UTV production class, was won by Mike Alexander with Mount Maunganui driver Dyson Delahunty second and Kyle Van Harlingen surviving a rollover to finish third.
More than 70 top race teams contested the opening round.
Off Road Association North Island vice president Richard Crabb said the course – designed by racer Nick Leahy – was one of the best he has seen in the sport for many years and the ‘massive’ spectator turnout vindicated the hard work of the small team that made the event a reality.
“The course itself was spectacular and challenging, and there were bouncy castles, food vendors and even a separate area for kids to ride motorbikes. It really emphasised the family-friendly nature of short course events and it was the perfect way to kick off the championship.”



 
2016 NZ Short Course Champs



New Zealand Short-Course Update

The Canterbury Off-Road Club has decided to revamp the format for the NZ Short-Course Championship.
As well as the usual class winners there will also be an overall NZ Short-Course champion.
The format will be as follows;
· Each class will compete in three, five lap races
· The top two cars from each class will automatically qualify for the “A Main” all in 15 lap final
· The remaining cars will compete in a 10 lap “B Main”
· The top five finishers from the “B Main” will then qualify for the “A Main” all in 15 lap final
· The winner of the all in final will be the NZ Short-Course Champion for 2016


The Canterbury Off-Road Cub is going to provide a NZ Short-Course trophy which will be raced for each year.

The entry dead line has been extended to Wednesday 13th April 2016

As well as all the above there is also a winner take all cash prize of $500



New Zealand Short-Course Update

The Canterbury Off-Road Club has decided to revamp the format for the NZ Short-Course Championship.
As well as the usual class winners there will also be an overall NZ Short-Course champion.
The format will be as follows;
· Each class will compete in three, five lap races
· The top two cars from each class will automatically qualify for the “A Main” all in 15 lap final
· The remaining cars will compete in a 10 lap “B Main”
· The top five finishers from the “B Main” will then qualify for the “A Main” all in 15 lap final
· The winner of the all in final will be the NZ Short-Course Champion for 2016

The Canterbury Off-Road Cub is going to provide a NZ Short-Course trophy which will be raced for each year.

The entry dead line has been extended to Wednesday 13th April 2016

As well as all the above there is also a winner take all cash prize of $500

New Zealand Short-Course Update

The Canterbury Off-Road Club has decided to revamp the format for the NZ Short-Course Championship.
As well as the usual class winners there will also be an overall NZ Short-Course champion.
The format will be as follows;
· Each class will compete in three, five lap races
· The top two cars from each class will automatically qualify for the “A Main” all in 15 lap final
· The remaining cars will compete in a 10 lap “B Main”
· The top five finishers from the “B Main” will then qualify for the “A Main” all in 15 lap final
· The winner of the all in final will be the NZ Short-Course Champion for 2016

The Canterbury Off-Road Cub is going to provide a NZ Short-Course trophy which will be raced for each year.

The entry dead line has been extended to Wednesday 13th April 2016

As well as all the above there is also a winner take all cash prize of $500

New Zealand Short-Course Update

The Canterbury Off-Road Club has decided to revamp the format for the NZ Short-Course Championship.
As well as the usual class winners there will also be an overall NZ Short-Course champion.
The format will be as follows;
· Each class will compete in three, five lap races
· The top two cars from each class will automatically qualify for the “A Main” all in 15 lap final
· The remaining cars will compete in a 10 lap “B Main”
· The top five finishers from the “B Main” will then qualify for the “A Main” all in 15 lap final
· The winner of the all in final will be the NZ Short-Course Champion for 2016

The Canterbury Off-Road Cub is going to provide a NZ Short-Course trophy which will be raced for each year.

The entry dead line has been extended to Wednesday 13th April 2016

As well as all the above there is also a winner take all cash prize of $500

 
2016 Polaris New Zealand Offroad Racing Championship Driver of the Day


A word or two from the Non Stop Comm. Driver of the Day:


Sitting at home chilling after a fantastic weekends racing at the first round at Mangawai.
Like to take this opportunity to thank all those who took part and especially CMORC for putting in a great effort to lift the profile of our sport to the public and also to set the new bar height for event management. The committee worked really well together to achieve this result and I would like to personally acknowledge the efforts of Nick Leahy, Kevin Hall, Nick Hall, Phil Johnston, Warren Jennings, Lyle, Matt Koppens, Wayne Rowe, Dink, Sue Murray and all the others who worked before, during and after the event to make our days racing was probably one of those most special and memorable meetings that really stand out as our sport moves forward.

I must admit I was shitting bricks after walking the track on Friday and the thought of lining up on the grid with all that impressive and somewhat intimidating class1 equipment filled me with self doubt and at 64 years old, what the bloody hell am I doing here moments. Didn't help when on the start line of the first heat my gear lever broke off which was really frustrating if not embarrassing to say the least. Big credit to Tony McCall for taking the one out of Ollies car for me to carry on the day with and although it was much shorter and less of a handful than my own its certainly proved the point that size really doesn't matter, its how you use it.
I had an originally game plan of staying out the way first couple of heats so I could concentrate on what the new suspension work was doing but it seemed to be working so well plan B ( going fast ) now seemed the more fun option.

The whole event was moving along so rapidly and effortlessly it seemed the feature races were upon us all too quickly but the one that I was most looking forward to. The track was damp after a watering which for the first lap behind Tony I can only describe as blinding but after that it became a memorisingly perfect place to be, no dust, no mud, the short straights long enough, the long straight short enough and the jumps intense, calculative and downwrite euphoric.

Big thanks to my sweetheart Dianne and to long time mate Poss for crewing and keeping me focused for the weekend.

Another big thank you to the sponsors for coming on board with their much needed support, meetings like this would be impossible to run at this level without them.

Dinks driver of the day trophy was particularly satisfying for me, not just because he probably sees more off-roading racing than most, but you really do have to drive outa your skin to get it. Ironic that the first person I ever took in my car 35 odd years ago was Dink, oddly enough the day was overly testosterone fuelled and I ended up having to cart him off to hospital after my first ever end for ender. Sorry Dink, shit happens, thanks for the trophy.

Grant Sleeman 197

 

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