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Childs wins Manfeild Production Car round

Suzuki NZ Production Racing Championship driver Logan Childs was delighted to take his first round win at Manfeild last weekend.

Childs has set lap records and pole positions with his Deals on Wheels magazine-backed Mitsubishi Lancer Evo 9 this season, but says a “different attitude’’ helped him to the Class C round win at Manfeild.

“I knew I had the fastest car for the sprint race, but I think I also answered our critics who said I wouldn’t be able to cope in traffic,’’ he said.

Childs adopted added the attitude that he didn’t have to lead every race into the first corner, and by taking his time and picking off cars one by one he accumulated the points to take out the round win.

His results at Manfeild have taken him into second place in the series, 60 points behind previous runaway leader Simon Sceats (Subaru Impreza WRX STi).

Sceats did a good job at Manfeild to minimise the affect of the “success ballast’’ his car carried. He won the reverse top 10 grid race.

Childs doesn’t like the championship’s ballast system, but says he thinks the decision to change the third (full reverse grid) race to a three flag drop system, rather than the Class B and C cars starting together, was a good one and helped reduce the amount of panel damage.

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