Paul Le Cren drives to a dominant victory in the North Island TQ Midget title race at Western Springs.
A fast and calculated drive took Paul Le Cren to the North Island TQ Midget Car title at Auckland’s Western Springs Speedway on Saturday night, January 12.
Le Cren had qualified fastest in time trials earlier in the night, and after time ran tight, officials scrapped the planned qualifying procedure used the trials to set the first 16 places on the grid.
That left the remainder of the cars to fight for the final four start positions in a B-Main feature which Gina Harris won after making a decisive move to pass the two cars ahead of her after a late-race restart.
Le Cren became embroiled in a three-car battle for the lead in the opening laps, but popped out of the group and into the lead at Pine Tree Bend.
From then on he was never headed, though there were some anxious moments when a full-course yellow with a lap to run bunched the field and set up a two-lap sprint to the flag.
Le Cren again got the best of the start, and held off a hard-charging Hayden Williams to take the chequer and win the crown.
Lawrence Baker finished third.
The TQ championship race finished right on the Springs’ 10.30pm curfew timer and the Midget Car feature, which was not help select the NZ team for the test series with the United States, wasn’t held.
American Ricky Logan won the Sprint Car feature, from Allan Wakeling and Ossie Sokol.
Phto caption: Allan Wakeling finished second in the Sprint Car feature race.