Pukekohe Driver’s Spectacular Crash Closes Track



DAVE West is lucky to be alive after a spectacular crash in his super truck saw Teretonga Park close for several hours last Saturday while they completed repairs.

Southern Thunder 2016 was held at the Invercargill track over the weekend, which saw Dave competing in the NZ Super Truck series. Coming around down section near the pit lane in his qualifying round, Dave says he touched the brakes slightly, which saw two wheels go onto the grass. The next thing he knew, his Freightliner Argosy was up on the armco barrier. “This was only my second meet, so it is all about the experience. I came away with a couple of bumps, scrapes and bruises, but that is the good thing about safety gear,” he laughs.

Having his own transport company based in Puni, Dave has always enjoyed watching the NZ Super Truck series, and began building his own
part-time in June last year. While only new to the series, the crash certainly hasn’t dampened the Pukekohe driver’s spirits.
The team were travelling back from Balclutha yesterday with the truck on a transporter.
Dave anticipates that he and the team will begin work on rebuilding the truck as soon as possible. “We are hoping to get the chassis off to the
straighteners this week, as it’s quite bent, and then we will just completely strip her back.” Dave and his team have their sights set on
the Franklin round of the NZ Super Truck series, which will be held at the Pukekohe Park Raceway in April.

“We plan on having her up and running better than ever by the end of March, beginning of April, so that we can fit in a couple of practise
rounds before we race.” Dave would like to thank his supporters,sponsors and fellow drivers for all their help over the last couple of months, and looks forward to getting back on the track in April.

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