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Childs bounces back to win in Production Car series


Young driver shakes off injury to post a round win at Pukekohe.

Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 driver, Logan Childs, bounced back from injury to win the 4WD section of this month’s New Zealand Suzuki Production Championship round at Pukekohe.

Childs missed the series opener at Taupo after being hurt in a quad bike accident. But at Pukekohe, he qualified the Deals on Wheels Lancer on pole, won race one and finished second in the other two.

“It was great to be back racing and to get some good results which have enabled me to close the points gap to Simon Sceats in his Subaru WRX,” says Childs.

“I rather felt I had let down my team with the accident on the quad bike, but at least I’ve shown them that we’re competitive and can mount a strong challenge for the championship."

Childs qualified on pole just ahead of Scott McKelvie, Zane Coppins, Brady Kennett, Grant Aitken and Dean Sumner, all in Mitsubishis.

Gene Rollinson was fastest 2WD qualifier in the works Mazda3 MPS with Michael Modgill in a similar car close behind. Fastest Suzuki Swift qualifier was Cody McMaster ahead of William Bamber.

Childs held off McKelvie’s determined challenge to win race one, with Modgill getting the better of Rollinson in 2WD. McKelvie was later excluded for a technical infringement.

Bamber won the Suzuki Swift category after McMaster got snookered behind a slower car and had an “off” as he tried to claw his way back into contention.

Sceats won race two after passing Childs with a bold move going into the sweeper. This time Rollinson edged Modgill. Ben Dallas won the Suzuki section.

Aitken caught and passed early leader Rollinson in the reversed start order third race, and won from a closing Childs.

Rollinson won 2WD, and McMaster was finally back in charge in the Suzukis.

In championship points, Kennett leads 4WD, Rollinson extended his lead in 2WD and McMaster still heads the Suzuki standings.

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