Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


McNee’s comeback earns national championship

5 May 2014

McNee’s comeback earns national championship

Born-again racer Jamie McNee has won New Zealand’s newest motor racing title, the Toyota Finance 86 Championship.

The 23-year-old Wellington driver wrapped up the series for the Toyota TR 86 coupes at Hampton Downs yesterday, completing a great comeback after three years out of the sport.

Earlier he had won national titles in kart racing and been a front-runner in Formula Ford and the Toyota Racing Series, but then he took a break while he concentrated on his university studies.

“That break definitely affected me for the first round,” McNee said. “At Cromwell I wasn’t that confident and I made a mess of the qualifying, but after that I ended up having a really good round and went from strength to strength after that.”

Fast and consistent all season, McNee went to the final round with a strong points lead in his Talleys-backed car and built on that as he qualified fastest, won the first race and came second in the next one.

But then race three presented a strange combination of circumstances – McNee was disqualified after coming in second, but he had clinched the title anyway.

The disqualification was imposed because his car’s ride height was found to be too low, by half a millimetre.

McNee said the crew had put extra fuel in the car but it used much less fuel than usual because the race was stopped early after four laps behind the safety car. The extra weight could have pushed the car body down a little more than usual, reducing the ride height.

“There was some pretty tight racing,” he said. “We traded some paint but that’s all right. The cars are so even you have to really put it in there to make the pass stick.

“Everyone was pretty desperate because it was the last round and they wanted to get the points – they weren’t too keen to let you past.”

McNee finishes his university studies, in accountancy and commercial law, next month and will then be looking for a job and further racing opportunities.

“I’m definitely looking at trying to do something in Australia, something like the GT series,” he said. “The 86s is still an option – it’s been a good series -- and even the Toyota Racing Series if we could get a good deal together.”

Aucklander Ash Blewett won the other three races over the weekend and he finished second in the championship.

Final championship points, top five: 1 McNee 1170, 2 Blewett 1091, 3 Callum Quin (Auckland) 1070, 4 Tom Alexander (Christchurch) 1055, 5 Matt Gibson (Auckland) 956.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

Cap Bocage: Anti-Mining Campaign Doco Debuts At NZ Film Festival

Playing at this year’s New Zealand International Film Festival, Cap Bocage is a close-up exploration of the forces that came into play when environmental issues and indigenous rights became intertwined in New Caledonia ... More>>

Film Fest:

More Film:

Sharon Ellis Review: A View From The Bridge

Arthur Miller’s A View From the Bridge is Circa’s latest big production, it opened on Saturday 19 July and it is a stunning triumph. More>>

Māori Language Week: He Karanga Kia Kaha Ake Te Tīhau Ki Te Reo Māori

The Māori Language Commission wishes to see social media swamped with Māori language tweets and messages for Te Wiki o te Reo Māori using the hashtag #tekupu. More>>

ALSO:

Book Vote: Kiwis Prefer Young Adult & Classics

To compile their Top 100 List for 2014, Whitcoulls again asked New Zealanders to vote for their favourite books and authors. And while classic novels continue to appeal to Kiwi readers, 2014 marks a significant new trend – the increasing popularity of novels for young adults. More>>

ALSO:

Five NZ Cities: Bill Bailey Back To The Southern Hemisphere

The gap between how we imagine our lives to be and how they really are is the subject of Bill’s new show Limboland. With his trademark intelligence and sharp wit, he tells tales of finding himself in this halfway place. More>>

Scoop Review Of Books: Book Television Is Coming

Carole Beu of The Women’s Bookshop in Auckland, Graham Beattie of The Book Blog and producer Deb Faith of FaceTV have raised enough money via crowd funding at Boosted – just under $7,000 so far – for 12 episodes, which begin production in September, and will be on screen later that month. More>>

Electric Sheep: Light Nelson Exceeds All Expectations

Light Nelson exceeded all expectations drawing over 40,000 people over two nights to the Queens Gardens and surrounds. The event, with over 40 installations from local and national artists, is in its second year, and organisers were hoping they’d top last year’s crowd of 16,000. More>>

MacGyver: Richard Dean Anderson To Attend Armageddon This October

New Zealand’s biggest pulp-culture event, the Armageddon Expo is proud to announce the world’s most recognised DIY action hero will be attending the Auckland event at the ASB Showgrounds from October 24th to 27th. More>>

ALSO:

Barbershop Gold: Māori Party Singing Praises Of The Musical Island Boys

The Maori Party has congratulated four young men on a mission, who in 2002 took up barbershop singing at Tawa College, and tonight took out the Gold Medal in the 2014 International Barbershop Harmony Society competitions in Las Vegas. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news