OFFROAD RACING CHAMPIONSHIP ACTION IN NORTH AND SOUTH

//OFFROAD RACING CHAMPIONSHIP ACTION IN NORTH AND SOUTH

OFFROAD RACING CHAMPIONSHIP ACTION IN NORTH AND SOUTH

National Title challenger, Neville Basalaj in Sprinting for pole at the recent Twizel 250

National Title challenger, Neville Basalaj in Sprinting for pole at the recent Twizel 250

A feast of top level offroad racing action is in store in New Zealand’s two biggest cities as the second northern
and southern rounds of the 2014 national championship hit Auckland and Christchurch over Queen’s Birthday Weekend.
In Auckland, unlimited-class V8 thunder goes up against the diminutive Polaris and Can Am ‘UTV’ race cars in the
rough tracks of Woodhill Forest at the 34th Woodhill 100, New Zealand’s fastest and toughest one day endurance
race. The entry for the race has already exceeded 65 cars, with the ultra-fast unlimited-class race cars and agile
class three 1600cc cars both hitting grid numbers of 14. Organisers expect to see a full-race grid of 70 or more
cars start the race at 11.00 am on June 1.
In Christchurch, Nevil Basalaj aims to continue his dominant form in his newly rebuilt Jimco Chev V6 at the purpose
built West Melton track on Weedons Ross Road. The Mainland Challenge is a one-day event that features competition
in heats for the 13 classes of car eligible for the national championship. These range from the diminutive
Kiwitrucks used in the youth category all the way to ‘anything goes’ unlimited-class trucks and race cars. Racing
starts at 11.00 am.
Scrutineering for the Christchurch event takes place on Saturday 31st May at Roydvale Vehicle Testing Station, 518
Wairakei Road, Harewood.
The 34th Woodhill 100 will be held in Woodhill Forest north of Auckland on the same day. It is the oldest running
offroad racing event in NZ and is also the longest continually running endurance motorsport event in NZ.
The Woodhill is a 50-50 mix of gravel forest roads and rough sand tracks and every year attracts the top race
drivers and teams. This year the race is set to be a battle between the unlimited-class V8 race trucks and cars of
class one and eight and the tiny but potent ‘UTV’ class Polaris and Can Am race cars that have swept through the
sport in the past two years.
Albany’s Raana Horan leads the race truck entries in his mighty Nissan Titan V8. Horan counts this race as his
‘home’ event and has won it twice. He was the first driver ever to win the Woodhill in a race truck.
Proudly carrying the Chevy flag among the 14 strong class one entry are Ernie Hogg in The General, his Scorpion
Chev two-seater; multiple Woodhill 100 champion Tony McCall in his BSL Terra Chev and Gregg Carrington-Hogg in Blue
Thunder, a V8 two-seater unlimited-class race car built by ShoresNZ. Alan Hilliam from the Waikato is also racing
in the unlimited class, running a Porsche flat six engine.
Ben Thomasen, Mike Small, Rocket Ron Kirkman, Phil Smart, Paul Sutton and Tony Radisich are the first entries in
the UTV class.
Scrutineering and qualifying for the event will be held from noon on Saturday May 31 at the Steele family’s sand
quarry north of Kumeu; the race on Sunday June 1 is accessed off Trig Road north of Parakai. Racing starts at 9.30
am for the youth category and the main event starts at 11.00 am.
The Stihl Shop Woodhill 100 will also be filmed for TV3’s CRC Motorsport programme.

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