Production Car series racer Logan Childs is out for the season after a spectacular crash left his Mitsubishi Evo 9 with damage too expensive to repair.
Deals on Wheels Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 driver Logan Childs’ dream of winning the Suzuki NZ Production Championship are over, his car wrecked almost beyond repair in a major crash at Ruapuna.
“The cost of repairing my car – if it can be rebuilt – is too much, especially with virtually no chance of winning the championship,” a dejected Childs said this week.
“It’s a real shame as we were going well and definitely had the fastest car in the championship, but after missing the first round, it was imperative I kept scoring good points in the remaining rounds.”
Officials had also excluded Childs from the race two results in the previous round at Pukekohe, docking his points and fining him $300 for an allegedly overboosting turbocharger.
Childs’ Ruapuna accident happened soon after the start of race two when he and last year’s champion, Simon Sceats, were disputing the lead through the infield turns.
The cars touched and Childs’ Lancer flew high into the air after spearing into the bank and tyre wall. It spun more than 360 degrees in mid-air before crashing to the ground, hitting Sceats’ Subaru Impreza WRX STi and breaking its rollcage.
Sceats borrowed Kevin Varney’s car for race three, and scored some championship points.
Officials later ruled against Sceats at an official inquiry, fined him $800, endorsed his racing licence for three months and gave him four licence demerit points.
Though his 2008/2009 campaign is over, Childs says he’s determined to race again. “I will get back racing, but it may not be next season and it may not be in this Production class.”