Just days after catching out two of the world's premier speedway racers, Western Springs has claimed New Zealand's leading driver with Michael Pickens crashing out of the International Midget Series feature on Monday night.

The Kiwi looked set to cap another dominant night of racing when he held a commanding lead late in the midget feature but as drivers drifted closer to the wall searching for the most grip, Pickens made a mistake and touched the wall.

It catapulted his car into a vicious roll and following cars were forced to take evasive action to avoid him - as seen at the five minute mark of the video below.

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"Just a bit beaten up but nothing a day off won't fix," Pickens told the Herald.


"I was obviously pushing on and I just got the kerb there coming off turn two and it snapped the front across and that was it from then on.

"It is hard to tell how much damage there is until we strip it right down but it is all fixable."

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It was a similar crash to those of NASCAR stars Kyle Larson and Christopher Bell on Boxing Day.

"It [Western Springs] can bite — to win one of these races you have got to push hard and you can't just cruise and you can't make any mistakes and I made a little mistake and it was very costly," Pickens said.

Michael Pickens. Photo / Photosport
Michael Pickens. Photo / Photosport

American Tyler Courtney inherited the lead after Pickens' crash and held off the chasing bunch through the final eight laps.

Earlier in the evening Pickens managed to find a way past Wellingtonian Jamie Larsen to snatch a win in the sprint car feature.

The fourth meeting in the series is tonight at Huntly Speedway.