ENZED Offroad Racing Championship rocks Twizel

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ENZED Offroad Racing Championship rocks Twizel

ENZED Offroad Racing Championship rocks Twizel

A bewildering array of high powered offroad racing vehicles will invade Twizel next weekend as the town hosts the second round of the 2015 ENZED offroad racing championship.

More than 40 cars are expected to take the start in the two-day event, which is the first of the year in the South Island and is a firm favourite with the top teams. Racers crome from many parts of New Zealand to race this unqiue event, including Ernie Hogg, who is bringing his Scorpion Chev V8 unlimited class car all the way from Auckland. Ernie Hogg contested the Twizel race last year and says the unique challenge of racing on the massive glacial moraine farm has drawn him back for another crack at the event.

The Achilles Radial ‘unlimited’ truck class has the strongest entry in the event and promises spectacular action. In all, there are seven unlimited-class trucks entered.

Winton driver Donald Preston is back, aiming to wrest the class 8 truck title away from Christchurch’s Owen Chang.

After a dalliance in the UTV class while his son ran his big V8 4WD Toyota Hilux, Preston has once more returned to the ultimate truck class.

The Preston Hilux is one of the fastest race trucks in the sport, and can be expected to take a string of podium finishes in the short course racing on Saturday.

Another Otago driver, Carl Gardner, has stepped up from his 1.6-litre class three race car to a Nissan Navara V8 ute imported from Australia.

Karl Vinton has bought a Toyota Supra-engined Hilux previously campaigned by Auckland’s Dale Buckley.

Christchurch’s Gavin Storer has entered his Toyota V6 powered 4WD ute.

Saturday’s action starts at 11.00 am at the Ohau Channel Road and takes the form of ‘short course’ racing on a compact track that enables spectators to see the entire course from one location. Organiser Barry Phillips of Twizel says the course is overlooked by a low hill that forms an ideal area for spectators to enjoy the action from – enjoying the comfort of  their cars or on picnic blankets in front on the edge of the slope.

The next day the field will contest a 250 kilometre multi-lap endurance race that starts from the same area as Saturday’s short course. The track will run west on the glacial soils of the valley which create a race surface like no other round of the championship, returning in a giant loop of ten kilometres of more. The glacial loam is soft but peppered with sharp rocks embedded by ancient glaciers that can shred a tyre in an instant. The deceptive conditions and fast course have extracted a heavy toll from competitors in past years.

“The Twizel 250 weekend is fast becoming a legend in offroad racing, to the extent that we have at least one competitor coming all the way from Auckland to race the unique course we set out here. There’s going to be a lot to see and enjoy over the two days of racing.”


Confirmed entries

Achilles Radial Class 1ENZED Offroad Racing Championship rocks Twizel_Veritas

Geoff Densem
Nevil Basalaj 173
Ernie Hogg 190
Daniel Powell 118
Cam Stratford 185
Ash Kelly 192

Class 2
Ron Crosby 250
Steven Boyd 218
Ian Simcox 217

Class 3
Greg Winn 371
Wayne Moriarty 312
Alex McIndoe 399

Class 4
Darrin Thomason 444
Dave Ballantyne 497

Class 5
Joel Green 552
Graham Fleming 572

Class 8
Carl Gardner 841
Richard Knowles 890
Karl Vinton 852
Gavin Storer 840
Don Preston 800
Bryan Chang 847
James Fleming 811

Class 10
Rosco Gaudin 1069
Wade Halliday 1085
Murdock Halliday 1019

Jake Phillips C45
John Strickett C22

Polaris U-Class
Mike Holmes U21
Grant Dixon U15
Bob Uttridge U46
Roger MacKay U66
Tim George U68
James Dixon U07

Jorja Storer J31
Brooke Storer J39

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