Nelson driver takes series lead

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The letter ‘n’ didn’t account for any home advantage on Saturday night but Greg Teece was just stoked to be able to win in front of friends and family.

The Nelson sprintcar driver currently leads the General Tyres War of the Wings Series after two feature race wins from three meetings. The only time he didn’t win, on Friday night in Blenheim, the 75n driver still managed to pick up a podium spot.

Because sprintcars are only rarely seen in Nelson, Greg has found himself travelling across the country as part of the War of the Wings Series instead. But he’s clearly happy with how things have been going so far this season as he chases the $60,000 cash prize up for grabs. “It’s a pretty awesome buzz to be doing so well,” he says. “There was no home advantage at all. A lot of the drivers have started at midgets and TQs and come to Nelson before. But I’ve only done one practice this season in Nelson so it’s no advantage at all.”

Greg always wanted to be a sprintcar driver but finally got the opportunity three seasons ago when his work-mate Kevin Freeman offered him a drive during a practice session in Nelson. “It all started there really. He gave me a lease deal that I couldn’t refuse. But I think he enjoys watching it as much as he enjoys driving it.”

War of the Wings will continue to head around the South Island, with points accumulated for each car you pass in your heat and for performances in the feature race. Greg picked up two heat wins and one second place on Saturday, before winning the feature. “But hopefully we can perform in Christchurch on December 15 as well as we’ve been doing here.”