The new generation of drivers claimed honours at the North Island Sprint Car and Midget Championships at Springs Speedway on Saturday night.
Aaron Hodgson took a brilliant start to finish win in the midget feature and claimed a maiden North Island title in the process. The F2 midget graduate drove away the field early but was forced to defend for the second half of the race after a lap 10 caution.
Hayden Williams, who claimed opening night honours in early November, fought hard with Hodgson. The pair battled over position throughout the second half of the race but Hodgson was able to counter any move Williams could muster.
The experienced Brock Maskovich held off Brett Morris Jr for third.
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Defending North Island sprint car champ Jamie Larsen took the early lead in the sprint car feature only to have to pull to the infield with a mechanical drama. That saw Wellington driver Stephen Taylor take the lead with Matthew Leversedge in second.
Taylor was able to build a sizeable gap and the race ran without a caution.
Auckland's Daniel Eggleton battled Leversedge for second but wasn't able to find a way past.
Wellingtonian Taylor took victory to earn his North Island title.
National champion Jeremy Webb won the TQ feature while Mitch Osborne claimed victory in F2 Midgets feature. Emerson Vincent won the Quarter Midgets feature.
NORTH ISLAND MIDGET TITLE
Heat 1 – Hayden Williams, Ryan O'Connor, Brock Maskovich, Peter Hunnibell, Travis Buckley
Heat 2 – Shayne Alach, Caleb Antonio-Rooney, Zach Daum, Aaron Hodgson, Max Guildford
Heat 3 – Aaron Hodgson, Michael Brunt, Shayne Alach, James Cossey, Hayden Williams
Heat 4 – Brett Morris Jnr, Duane Hickman, Zach Daum, Max Guildford, Brock Maskovich
Semi-Main – Hayden Guptill, Breyton Davison, Ben Commetti, Brad Hollier, Joe Malone
Feature – Aaron Hodgson, Hayden Williams, Brock Maskovich, Brett Morris Jr, Peter Hunnibell
NORTH ISLAND SPRINTCAR TITLE
Heat One – Rodney Wood, Kerry Brocas, Jamie Larsen, Keaton Dahm, Daniel Eggleton
Heat Two – Dean Brindle, Matthew Leversedge, Jamie Larsen, Tyler Radovan, Dave Witton
Heat Three – Stephen Taylor, Daniel Eggleton, Dion Kendall, Dean Shadbolt, Matthew Leversedge
Feature – Stephen Taylor, Daniel Eggleton, Matthew Leversedge, Dion Kendall, Dean Brindle
Heat One – Aaron Humble, Ryan Baker, Jeremy Webb, Josh Melrose, Troy Pennington
Heat Two – Jakeb Le Cren, Cole Morrison, Jeremy Webb, Morgan McHugh, Ben Morrison
Heat Three – Peter Hunnibell, Scott Baker, Ryan Barry, Harrison Martens, Gina Harris
Feature – Jeremy Webb, Ryan Barry, Cole Morrison, Jakeb Le Cren, Ryan Baker
Heat One – Brad McCutcheon, Sam Cometti, Eric Smith, Corbin Anderson, Ben Matthews
Heat Two – Brynn Jackson, Mitch Osborne, Travis Buckley, Corbin Anderson, Brad Robertson
Heat Three – Leyton Kendall, Lindsay Gate, Ben Mathews, Travis Buckley, Mitch Osborne
Feature – Mitch Osborne, Travis Buckley, Leyton Kendall, Ben Mathews, Sam Cometti
Heat One – Keiano Weir, Emerson Vincent, Jack Groenewald, Kate Groshinski, Cole Robertson
Heat Two – Bryce Pennington, Emerson Vincent, Reagan Edwards, Alec Insley, Shayden Austin
Feature – Emerson Vincent, Keiano Weir, Alec Insley, Shayden Austin, Cole Robertson