Top American Midget Car will race in New Zealand hands at Ruapuna, Christchurch, this weekend.
February 20, 2007. Christchurch driver David Kerr has sprung a big surprise within Speedway circles by buying the Esslinger-engined Midget Car that American Dave Darland drove during the recent World Series in New Zealand.
Kerr, a former New Zealand Mini Sprint Champion moved into the more powerful Midget Car class late last season, and has already shown considerable promise this summer with two feature race wins under his belt.
The 350-horsepower Esslinger-powered car was built in the USA especially for Darland’s New Zealand campaign and has run in just six meetings.
At its first appearance Darland won the World Derby at Western Springs, Auckland.
Kerr put in around 100 laps over the weekend trialling the car, and will race it in this weekend’s (February 23 and 24) Accessman New Zealand Midget Car Championship at the Powerbuilt Speedway, Ruapuna.
“I couldn’t get over how responsive the car was, and I felt so comfortable,” Kerr said after the test. “It’s got some awesome gear and we’ll need it. The competition will be very strong this weekend, but I’m confident that we’ll acquit ourselves well.”
The championship has attracted 36 entries, including 15 from the North Island. All of the members of the New Zealand team which defeated the USA in the recent World Series have entered with the exception of Shayne Alach.