Manning rapt over third at nationals

Last updated 10:34 30/10/2012
Quite swift: Alistair Manning came a highly creditable third at the recent offroad nationals. His car is powered by a Suzuki Swift engine.

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After 20 years' racing, Alistair Manning has achieved his best result - third overall at the recent Nationals Offroad Racing Championship.

Offroad racing gets little publicity, but like many forms of motor sport in New Zealand, it has a loyal following.

It might be hard to envisage, but it basically involves vehicles that look like dune buggies racing on forestry and farm roads.

Manning, a Stokes Valley refrigeration installer, races a car with a 1.3 litre Suzuki Swift motor. Because it is light, he can race against much bigger and more powerful cars.

The rules are complex, but Manning qualified by winning the North Island title in his class.

The nationals featured short course racing, where he notched up three firsts and a third.

On the Sunday the racing got serious with a course featuring nine demanding laps.

At the end of the 170 kilometre race, Manning was fifth. When all the points were added up that gave him the Three NZ title.

"It was my best ever result. Three NZ is huge. I have never even won my class. So Three NZ is big for me."

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