Auckland's Brad Mosen deservedly won the 73rd New Zealand Midgetcar Championship raced at City South Van Spares Ruapuna Speedway on Friday Saturday, with Brock Mascovich (Auckland) second and local Dave Kerr becoming the first local driver to finish on the rostrum in over two decades when claiming third place on the final lap.
Mosen, who had twice finished runner-up up in the title, showed that he would be the driver to beat when dominating his other 32 rivals during the heat racing of the Deno's Towing sponsored event, dropping just one point from his five heats, with four wins and a second to start the title race on the front row alongside defending champion, Michael Pickens who was attempting to equal Ted Tracey's record seven national titles.
Picken's briefly lead Mosen from the green light in the final but Mosen powered around Picken's on the CJ Phillips Construction Town bend on the opening lap. Picken's twice tried a slide pass on the leader but could not make it stick and Mosen quickly opened up a race winning margin as Picken's car slowed coming out of the Stadium Car Prison bend it what looked to be a fuel issue.
With Mosen increasing his lead lap by lap interest focus on second and third with Mascovich passing Pickens on lap four to take second place with Pickens regaining the spot on the next lap. Mascovich regained second place three laps later with the two swapping positions again on lap 14 and lap 17 to leave Mascovich in second spot. Kerr, who started from grid 8 had worked his way up to fourth place midway into the 25 lap race and with Picken's car slowing over the closing laps made the decisive pass coming out of the Town bend on the final lap with Hayden Williams also passed the outgoing champion before the chequered flag.
Mosen's dominance of the championship was shown by his winning margin was over five seconds, with his lead at times over half a lap and once in front his win was never in doubt. Kerr's third place had the home crowd on their feet on the final laps with the fifth time's South Island champion the top South Islander after the heat racing with a win, two thirds and two four placings.
Overall the midgetcar racing was some of the best ever in recent seasons with the smooth track conditions on both night a credit to all the hours put by the track crew with plenty of racing lines over the two nights which saw only three cars rolling during the racing, the worst being Nelson's James Nicholson who clipped Graham Sharp's car coming out of the Prison bend during the final heat sending Nicholson car on a wild ride with a series of flips down the front straight with the Nicholson quickly climbing out of his badly damaged race.
On the other featured event over the two nights was the K & T Drainage TQ Masters which won by Napier's Duane Todd - 73 points with local Gareth Bindon (69) second from Auckland Hayden Guptill (67). The 27 car three wide format on Saturday saw plenty of carnage with only 11 cars finishing all three heats.
Deno's Towing 73rd New Zealand Championship
Ht 1. Michael Pickens(Auckland) 1, Hayden Williams (Auck) 2, Ben Drummond (Auck) 3
Ht 2. Brad Mosen (Auck) 1, Nick Marquet (Nelson) 2, Dave Kerr 3.
Ht 3. Scott Buckley (Auck) 1, Brock Mascovich (Auck) 2, Nevil Basalij (Nelson) 3.
Ht 4. Mosen 1, Marquet 2, Ryan O'Conner (Auck) 3
Ht 5. Williams 1, Duane Hickman (Stratford) 2, Mascovich 3.
Ht 6. Basalaj 1, Buckley 2, Kerr 3.
Ht 7. Mosen 1, Hickman 2, Mascovich 3.
Ht 8. Kerr 1, Pickens 2, Chris Gwilliam (Auck) 3.
Ht 9. Williams 1, Peter Hunnibull (Auckland) 2, Dayne Maxwell (Auck) 3.
Ht 10. Pickens 1, Mascovich, Barclay 3.
Ht 11. Dion Rochford 1, Williams 2, Kerr 3.
Ht 12. Maxwell 1, Mosen 2, Buckley 3.
Ht 13. Pickens 1, Buckley 2, Maxwell 3.
Ht 14. Mascovich 1, Gwilliam 2, Hickman 3.
Ht 15. Mosen 1, O'Conner 2, Hunnibell 3.
Qualifying Points: Mosen 59, Pickens & Williams 55, Mascovich 54, Buckley 53, Kerr 50, Basalaj and Hickman 48, Gwilliam 46, O'Conner 42, Maxwell, Everett & Hunnibell 41, Marquet 38, Tom Lumsden 36, Dave Gick (Auck) 32, Nick Donaldson 32, Leon Burgess (Auck) 31, Nathan Blomquist and Brain Fridd 30, Chris McCutcheon 29, Barcley 26, Drummond and Gary Chadwick 25, Gavin Wilkie (Dunedin) 22, Dion Rochford 20, Jimmy Greenough(Stratford) 19, Nathan Roberts 17, Steve McCallum and Blair Bertram (Auck) 16, Graham Sharp 15, Glen Durie & James Nicholson (Nelson) 14 Jarrod Wade (Auck) 0.
B Main. Burgess 1, Donaldson 2, Blomquist 3.
New Zealand Championship Final. Mosen 1, Mascovich 2, Kerr 3, Williams 4, Pickens 5, O'Connor 6, Hickman 7, Hunnibell 8, Buckley 9, Gick 10, Maxwell 11, Basalaj 12, Burgess 13, McCutcheon 14, Gwilliam 15, Donaldson 16, Marquet 17, Gavin Wilkie (Dunedin) 18, Everett 19, Tom Lumsden 20, Rochford 21 Nathan Blomquist 22.
Three Quarter Midgetcars
K & T Drainage Masters
Ht 1. Duane Todd (Hawkes Bay) 1, Lindsay Bailey 2, Paul LeCren (Auckland) 3.
Ht 2. Jeremy Webb 1, Ben Gilmore 2, Craig Todd (H Bay) 3.
Ht 3. Danny Keene (Auck) 1, Matt Leveresedge 2, Liam McCoubrey 3.
Ht 4. D Todd 1, Gilmore 2, Webb 3.
Ht 5. Webb 1, McCoubrey 2, Alicia McLauchlan (Nelson) 3
Ht 6. Shane Phillips (Auck) 1, D Todd 2, Keene 3.
Repercharge. Gareth Bindon 1, Ben Smith 2, Mark Morris 3.
Ht 1. Bindon 1, Keene 2, Matt Leversedge 3.
Ht 2. Webb 1, D Todd 2, McCoubrey 3.
Ht 3. Hayden Guptill (Auckland) 1, Liam McCoubrey 2, Scott Bailey 3.
Overall Points - Top 10. D Todd 73, Bindon 69, Guptill 67, Bailey & McCoubrey 66, Daniel McKinley 62, McLauchlan 60, Jayden Busch 59, Charles Gardiner 47, Tim Yellowless 46
Ht 1. Ben Gilmore 1, Charlie Jackson 2, Verdon McHaffie 3.
Ht 2. Gilmore 1, McHaffie 2, Jayden Fraser 3.
Feature. Gilmore 1, McHaffie 2, Jackson 3.
Ht 1. Montana Jamieson 1, Brad Clive 2, Jayden Bradley (Nelson) 3.
Ht 2. Bradley 1, Jamieson 2, Clive 3.
Feature. Bradley 1, Ben Morgan 2, Jack Low 3.
Ht 1. Peter Keith 1, Grant Harkness 2, Kris Jemmett 3.
Ht 2. Kris Jemmett 1, Harkness 2, Ben Smith 3
Feature. Hay 1, Harkness 2, Mason 3.
Ht 1. Bradley 1, Clive 2, Jamieson 3.
Ht 2. Bradley 1, Clive 2, Jamieson 3.
Feature. Clive 1, Bradley 2, Jack Low 3.