Michael Pickens proved he was in a class of his own as he delivered his most convincing New Zealand Midget Championship win yet last Saturday at WXC Western Springs.
He captivated the crowd in the first heat by driving from 13th to 2nd, followed by a dominant second heat where he won after lapping some of the field twice. A close call while passing a lap car in the second heat resulted in a bent axle, which the team had no spare to replace, so Pickens drove with it for the rest of the night! This didn’t faze him as he went on to win both pole shuffle races, giving him a front row feature position.
Pickens’ planned strategy for the feature was to run conservatively round the bottom of the racetrack, however after the rough track resulted in a nail biting second corner, he expertly moved to the top of the track. From there he dominated the entire race, lapping most of the field and winning by an enormous 12 seconds ahead of 2nd place! This was Pickens’ 6th New Zealand Championship win, and gives him number 1NZ on the car for a third consecutive year. Congratulations also to 2NZ Scott Buckley and hard charger 3NZ Hayden Williams who started from the rear of the field.
Pickens returns to his sprintcar to race at BayPark this Saturday, before he’s back in the midget for the International Series at WXC Western Springs on 26th and 28th December, 1st and 4th January. Facebook users can find regular updates at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Michael-Pickens-Racing/274923589208126
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