Roydon Winstanley with his stock car that recently finished second at the NZ Stock Car GP. Photo: Supplied.

Winstanley runner up at Stock Car GP


Roydon Winstanley nursed a flat tyre in the final race of the New Zealand Stock Car Grand Prix to claim second at the prestigious event.
Roydon finished third in his qualifying group to make the 30-car championship field at Stratford Speedway in Taranaki.
A second in the opening race got the Nelson lad off on the right foot. That was followed by a seventh in the second, leaving him tied in 1st place going into the last race.
But midway through the race he picked up a flat tyre trying to avoid some block cars, ending his charge up the field.
The 20-year-old has been racing out of the Palmerston North Speedway club over the past few seasons, commuting from his Nelson home. He says he is lucky to have good support in Palmerston plus the flexibility from his sponsor and employers at Donaldson Civil in Nelson.
Roydon started racing stock cars out of Nelson Speedway, and did some teams racing for the Tasman Thunder, but it was the individual titles that were his priority. The decision was made to head up north to race in bigger fields against the best drivers in the country.
He recently finished third at the Robin Pratt Memorial, winning the final heat.
Roydon’s car is back in Nelson over Christmas to get a bit of a tidy up after a couple of months of racing.
He says his next target is the Under 23 title at Stratford in early March.