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Christchurch driver Wayne Moriarty has retaken control of the 2010 Asset Finance New Zealand Offroad Racing Championship with a dominant performance at the latest round.
Wayne Moriarty of Christchurch - Mainland Challange Winner
Competing in the most hotly contested class in the championship, Moriarty took his Euroblast Cougar Toyota Super 1600 single seater to wins in every heat on the first day of the Cruzin Limousines Mainland Challenge and followed that with victory in the following day's all-in 165 kilometre endurance race.
Moriarty defeated all challenges in Big Posters Super 1600 class heats at the short course racing held Saturday 19 June at the Rock FM Raceway at West Melton. Even the presence of one of the North Island’s top racers, Richard Crabb, did not phase the local racer.
Even the arrival in the South Island of one of the north’s fastest Super 1600 race cars proved no problem for the dominant Moriarty, whose car ran without problem the entire weekend. Nigel Sutherland has bought the Cougar Evo Toyota previously campaigned by Alan Butler in the North Island. The car, which has won both the Taupo 1000 and Woodhill 100, is rated among the top three Super 1600s in the north, but Sutherland was not able to translate that promise into results at the weekend.
Bruce Rolls, in the Chenowth Honda raced in past seasons by Moriarty’s former Super 1600 rival Dennis Andreassend, shared the short course podiums with Crabb and Sutherland, but none were able to challenge Moriarty.
33 cars entered this year’s event.
On the following day, the 22 cars remaining in the field tackled a 165 km endurance race at Swannanoa, near Oxford.
Moriarty qualified second behind the Cougar Evo VW of defending national champion Dennis Andreassend, with the fast and agile Barracuda odyssey-class car of Hamish Lawlor close behind in third.
Andreassend’s race lasted a handful of laps before the Cougar’s transmission jammed, letting Moriarty through and into a lead he never relinquished.
Behind him the tussle for second place was between Lawlor, whose diminutive Barracuda stayed with Moriarty through the opening phase of the race; former national champion Daniel Powell in his Jimco Nissan turbo; and Bruce Rolls.
Lawlor set the race fastest lap, 4.00 minutes for the 5.2 kilometre course; Moriarty set a 4:02.
Powell was finding the course did not suit the big Jimco – “it had way too many corners and not enough straights” was his summary of conditions – and was taking risks to close in on the leaders.
He had come up to third when Lawlor dropped out of second place, and was then second behind Moriarty when his car broke an oil fitting exiting a slow corner.
“It dumped ten litres of race oil into the bash plate in an instant. I shut it down, so hopefully we won’t have too much of an engine bill, but the DNF puts us out of the running for the championship which is disappointing.”
Behind them, and circulating steadily in an unfamiliar car, Clint Densem upheld local honours in Autoworld Richmond Super 1300 class and stayed in contention for top points.
In AFWE truck classes, the competition was most intense in production (class 2) and sport truck (class 4). In class 2, Steven Boyd pulled out a useful lead after earlier battling side by side with Ron Campbell. He pulled away and closed in on sport truck class leader Simon Smith, making his second appearance in his new Nissan Terrano V6.
In the sport truck class, Smith was holding off two fast Nelson drivers. Neighbours Paul Milne and Darrin Thomason were chasing the Terrano in their new-for-2010 trucks, Thomason in the 4.0-litre Nissan Navara he first brought out at the Nelson championship round and Milne in the Toyota Hilux formerly campaigned by Thomason.
Both struck mechanical problems and fell back, Thomason dropping out altogether and Milne completing enough laps to be classified a finisher and lead the class for the series.
The V-Dub Shoppe Challenger and Baja classes had attracted one entry each, as had AFWE class six and class eight. In the latter class, Dunedin’s Donald Preston had a nightmare weekend of breakages in his Lexus-powered Toyota Hilux V8, breaking the front differential and blowing front and rear driveshaft joints on both days of racing.
But Wayne Moriarty’s race weekend held no such dramas. In a testament to its immaculate presentation and the team’s careful preparation, the Cougar ran flawlessly all weekend. In the closing laps of the enduro he even had time to pit to check fuel levels without losing his lead. He was the only competitor to complete all 30 laps of the race; only 12 cars completed enough laps to be classed a finisher.
Moriarty is the first racer to have won more than one round of this year’s championship.
The points battle now intensifies. Moriarty has taken a 12 point lead in the championship over the North Island’s Malcolm Langley, 144 points to 132. Another North Island racer, Nick Hall, is third on 118. With the next round due to take place in the South Island, Moriarty stands to extend his lead further, and other South Island racers may step up into the top ten outright and into national class leads before the final round, held at Manukau’s Full Throttle weekend in October.
We currently race two vehicles both essentially Nissans.
The winch truck and our original offroader racer big black were pure Nissan, the latest Big black II is predominately Nissan but unfortunately we had to add some other GM bits in to make it work.
We basically cut our teeth on the first two vehicles giving them absolute abuse and tuning until we knew what worked and what didn’t.
The Titan truck is based on a trophy truck custom Mike Connor , Greg Price kiwi designed chromoly space frame with Titan body and Nissan engine, diffs etc
We originally were going to fit our modified Nissan auto box to the truck but the size of the box was too big , too heavy and too long plus with the power we wanted to produce the transfer box wasn’t going to be strong enough so they were substituted for a turbo 400 and hummer transfer but other than that we have kept Nissan were ever possible including factory mag wheels that we have modified to beadlocks.
One of the things we have been surprised with is the strength of the Nissan motors , my bother in law works in the dyno cell most days as a job with various local race engines many of them Nissan and for us we essentially haven’t changed the bottom ends of the Nissan engines much, we have played around with both petrol and diesel and have got some great power figures - see the torque figures below BB II and the engines have remained very reliable and to be honest a cost effective race engine within our budget.
We believe we have another 10 – 15% to screw out of this engine but we don’t need any more power at the moment so we are leaving it as it is, our main teething issue has been keeping our transmission fluid cool enough so it doesn’t damage the box after spinning through the torque converter under power. We have finally solved it but after lunching 5 gearboxes in the process.
Our team is made up mainly of friends and family with all the skills to make it successful, we often have at least 6 people on hand at every meet for support plus of course the kids.
Big Black II
Body: Nissan Titan by Boatec
Frame : Custom designed Chromoly Space frame
Gearbox: Modified turbo 400, low stall converter
Transfer Box: Hummer H1
Diffs : Nissan Patrol LSD front and rear
CVS : Chromoly Chev 2500, Custom shafts
Supercharged Nissan VH45DE V8
Ross race pistons + Rings
Supercharger : Over driven Eaton M112
Engine Tuning : Brent Reedy (Bro in law) Tuning and Performance Hamilton – Dynopak 4000 4WD
Power : 480 HP
Torque : 1200nm , 900 ft/lbs !!!!
Computer : Link G4 extreme
Total Wet Weight: 2350Kgs including driver and navigator.
Truck built by Mike Connor Taupo Sheetmetals and Greg Price plus helpers.
Here are the truck classes we have down here in New Zealand.
Class 2 - Production Trucks
Monday, June 21, 2010
Friday, June 18, 2010
First things first the buggy classes
Class 1 are unlimited buggy's they have to have IRS and the engine has to be behind the driver, however engine size is unlimited and turbo and supercharging is allowed .
Class 3 or Super 1600 are unlimited in terms of suspension and frame design however they are only allowed a natural aspirated engine that's 1600cc in capacity
Class 5 or Super 1300 are similar to class 3 but however they have to run a 1300cc engine
Challengers are a controlled class they have to run original VW beetle suspension and VW 1600 flat four and gearbox the engine's are modified but have to run a single carb .
That's the buggy's out of the way i will follow this post up with a break down of the truck classes
Thanks for reading
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
This is the second of Raana Horan's Nissans and though this one isn't built for speed it is damn tough. As a competitor in a number of New Zealand winch challenge events the Patrol has nearly no equals. Love the mud in these pictures. Sure we get mud here in the Northeastern U.S. but not like this...and not with palm trees in the background.