Mosen battles childhood hero on opening night

Mosen and Alach

New Zealand midget champion Brad Mosen continued his dominance of the Auckland speedway scene on Saturday night, winning his third consecutive Auckland Championship.

Starting on the second row, the 28-year-old battled side-by-side with his childhood hero Shayne Alach throughout the race, until Alach’s car was tagged by a spinning vehicle as it was being lapped, ending his race and leaving Mosen free to drive away with the victory.

“All night we’ve been running the pole line and that seemed like the place to be but I had a feeling the top [of the race track] was going to come on and luckily we were the first one’s to figure it out,” said Mosen.

“Once we got that sorted we eventually caught up to Shayne and, I’ve got to admit, he’s my favourite driver to pass so that was awesome fun.

“Hopefully, without beating us, we can have races like that all season.”

Fellow Aucklander Ben Drummond emerged from an intense three-way battle with Hayden Williams and Brock Maskovic for second place, with Williams finishing third.

An ecstatic Jonathan Allard visited victory lane in the sprintcar feature after rounding a brakeless Daniel Eggleton and flying out of reach of the rest of the field. Eggleton managed to hold on for second ahead of Daniel Thomas in third.

“Two weeks ago we didn’t even know if we were going to be racing so to come out and get the win is a tribute to my family and my race team for all their hard work and long hours,” said Californian-Kiwi Allard.

Meanwhile, teenager Hayden Guptill opened his season in perfect fashion, leading every lap of the TQ feature to win the title of Auckland Champion. Speedway veteran Lawrence Baker crossed second with Napier’s Craig Todd rounding out the podium.

Also, Stephen Wilson took the lead halfway through the F2 Midget feature and held it to claim the Auckland Championship ahead of Joe Malone and Antonio Rooney; while the Ramsay family team of Derek and Matthew took out the sidecar main event.

Speedway returns to Western Springs on November 28 when international motorsport legend Steve Kinser, dubbed the ‘King’, begins his much anticipated farewell tour of New Zealand.