Whaleoil Racing Team: Day five, we made it!

Getting ready for a stage start in Central Otago

Well, what a huge event. We have covered over 2500kms in five days! I’ve gone through a set of tyres, $1000 of Cindy’s dearest petrol and my $300 brake pads are now history.

I’m still buzzing. As I said in my original Whaleoil Racing Team post, this really is the most fun you can have with your pants on!

On Saturday we had two stages on the Highlands Motorsport Park racetrack in Cromwell. This place is amazing. If you’re a petrolhead then you need to get down here to check it out. The museum is not like anything else in New Zealand. Where else could you see a $4.5 million dollar Aston Martin alongside a Michael Shumacher F1 car, a pristine Valiant and a full blown Race Truck?

Highlands National Motorsport Museum

I was pleased to be asked to lead the Targa Tour convoy around Highlands so the Mustang got a bit of a hiding. My passenger for the last stage there was looking particularly green!

The highlight of the day would have to be the Crown Range Rd. This is a road where tourists fear to tread, well some of them anyway. Sometimes I wish more of them would fear to tread there as the number of crashes up there in the winter is unbelievable.

So to get to close the road and race it is very special indeed. I know this road really well having driven it probably a hundred times and it would have to be one of the best drivers’ roads in the world, starting out tight and winding up the zigzags before opening out onto farmland, getting really tight as you go up and over the summit then again opening out into lovely flowing roads through the Cardrona Valley, sublime.

This video shows a bit of the Crown Range Rd with Hayden Paddon having a play and getting lots of lovely, show-offy, slidey goodness.

The winner of the main event was Glenn Inkster and Spencer Winn. These guys are a bit of a machine. That now makes them five-time winners.

A huge effort and well done to them all.

2018 Targa NZ winner.

As an event, we had a few issues to deal with, particularly the two big crashes that we had to sort out, with two crews being choppered away for treatment but the good news is that they will all be okay in the end.

At the end of the day, the Whaleoil Racing Team was the winner. We were given the Teamtalk Tour Team Theme Trophy for the Best Themed Tour Crew. Boom!

I shall edit up a couple of GoPro videos over the next week or two and get them on for your viewing pleasure.

Bruce the Wandering Whale had a whale of a time!

 


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ExPFC, ex lots of things. Husband to a great woman. Father to great kids. Traveller, teller of tall tales, wannabe capitalist property magnate. I’m a passionate user of fossil fuels, a proud Kiwi, Ford over Holden, Indy over F1, V8’s over everything else.

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