Top of his form Michael Pickens has added the NZ Midget Car crown to his summer 2006/2007 trophy cabinet.
February 25, 2007, 11.40pm. Michael Pickens has won his second New Zealand Midget Car title, extending his impressive 2006-2007 season.
This evening at Christchurch’s Powerbuilt Speedway (Ruapuna) the 24-year-old North Shore, Auckland, racer was the dominant force in the rain-delayed nationals and won the title race from pole position in the Seamount Racing Breka-Ed Pink Ford Midget.
He’d earned the front starting spot with first and second placings in the two preliminary races.
Fellow Western Springs racers Steven Currie and Shayne Alach finished second and third while Midget Car rookie, and former TQ Midget champion, Bill Clarkson Junior, took fourth place ahead of Lance Beale and defending champion Tony Fabish.
Pickens previously won the New Zealand title in the 2002-2003 season. This season he’s won the big 50-lap Midget races at Western Springs and Ruapuna, was the overall winner of the Midget Car World Series and leads the points in the Springs National Series with one round remaining on March 3.
In mid-March Pickens heads to the USA to begin an ASA (American Speed Association) Late Model stock car campaign.
Speedway news round-up
Auckland Modified racer Allan Haigh added the New Zealand GP crown to the New Zealand Championship he won last month.
In the Grand Prix, at Huntly Speedway on Saturday night, Haigh defeated former national champion Jamie Fox (Auckland) in a run-off to secure the win.
A Sunday afternoon meeting decided the North Island Super Stock Championship at Kihikihi Speedway in the South Waikato where Rotorua racer Darcy Hunter, the 2006 New Zealand champion, took the honours ahead of Bruce Ward (Palmerston North) and Jared Wade (Huntly).