Hunnibell stuns as favourites crash out 


Auckland’s Peter Hunnibell stunned the crowd at WXC Speedway – Western Springs on Saturday night, winning one of the most dramatic New Zealand Midget Championships in history. 

The 22-year-old stole the lead from Hamilton’s Dayne Maxwell on the final corner of the feature event, having seen all of the pre-race favourites crash out ahead of him. 

Defending champion Brad Mosen was the first to retire following a big flip while moving through lapped traffic. On the following restart six-time winner Michael Pickens’ race ended with a spin before national series leader Hayden Williams limped off having hit the wall while leading. 

Hunnibell emerged as the best of the rest to be beat speedway veteran Lucas Scott ahead of Jared Wade in third. Maxwell was disqualified post-race for being underweight. 

“This is unbelievable, we’ve gone through three cars this year and been at the lowest of lows but we’ve come back to win the New Zealand Championship and enter the history books,” said Hunnibell. 

“To win the race like that on the last lap, it could have been any of us but we got lucky.” 

Meanwhile, Californian-Kiwi Jonathan Allard won the sprint car main event after Palmerston North’s Jamie Larson spun ahead of him; Auckland’s Jamie McDonald finished second and Dean Brindle third. 

The other victors on Saturday night were Stephen Wilson in the F2 midgets and Napier’s Duane Todd, who beat locals Shaun Cooke and Ryan Barry in the TQ midget feature. 

Speedway returns to Western Springs on Saturday night for the fastest-from-the-back Barry Butterworth Classic.