Horan takes control

This year’s Polaris NZ Offroad Racing Championship takes a brief breather in July before launching into the final northern and southern round in August.

Heading up the national points chase is Albany’s Raana Horan, thanks to a strong run to win GT Radial Tyres class 8 at the opening round and then finish second overall behind Mike Fraser at the Woodhill 100 in early June.

Horan now has 141 points of a possible maximum 144, with Canterbury drivers filling the rest of the top five.

Experienced class three competitor Wayne Moriarty is closest to Horan, leading his class with 133; Ron Crosby dominates 4WD Bits class 2 (production) in his Mitsubishi Pajero with 128 points; V-Dub Shoppe Challenger class competitor Brad Harvey is making the most of a new engine and leads his class, being fourth overall on 126 and equal with Bryan Chang who is second in GT Radial Tyres class 8.

The next rounds of the championship are hosted by the Canterbury club in early August and then the final northern round, a short course event will be hosted by the Palmerston North club on August 27.

Catch coverage of the latest offroad racing action in the next issue of NZ4WD magazine, more information about the sport is at www.oranz.co.nz