Richmond’s Dan Fisher has completed a stellar first season by winning the New Zealand Off-road class one title at the national championships at Napier.
Fisher in his Razorback twin-seater powered by a 6000cc Chev V8, added the NZ1 to his North Island title from earlier in the year.
Fisher says he had the goal to be a national champion when he purchased the car in Australia.
“I think when I told the guy that’s what I wanted to achieve there were a few sniggers behind my back but I’m a competitive person and I like to set big goals,” he says.
Fisher did not have it all his own way over the weekend, with the car struggling in the four short races on Saturday.
“The car struggled with some over-heating issues on Saturday and we managed thirds and a few sevenths which wasn’t where we wanted to be,” he says.
“I knew if I had any chance, we’d have to win the 240km enduro on the Sunday.
“We started on 17th and I basically drove it like I stole it, I never looked back once and we managed to pull it off.”
Fisher says his body was bruised and sore from a physically demanding weekend behind the wheel but the result had motivated him to be more competitive next year.
“To be honest, I was planning to have a quiet year next year but having the NZ1 on my car has probably changed that.”
Racing will start again in February with the nationals being held in Kurow in 2020.
“This is a growing sport and the Class 1 fields are getting more and more competitive so I’ll have to be on my game again.”