Reid Harker back for high profile Toyota 86 race

Published 1 November 2017

Drawn by the chance to dust off his considerable skill behind the wheel of a race car. Reid Harker of Albany is making a one-off return to the Toyota 86 Championship for the first round at the ITM Super Sprint, November 3-5.

Harker, 22, is something of a single-make specialist and is rated one of the ‘finds’ of the Toyota 86 Championship. He drove three races as a stand-in for another driver in the 2013-2014 Championship and then in his first full championship year, 2015-2016 was seventh overall.

Harker then stepped up the pace with a strong run in the most recent championship and was narrowly held to second place by eventual winner Ryan Yardley.

The coming weekend will be Harker’s final outing in the #4 Aegis Oils/Washworld/Rynopower TR 86 car that took him to second place and he is looking forward to getting back behind the wheel one more time.

Harker says he enjoys the challenge of Pukekohe, which he describes as a ‘hustle circuit’.

“If you’re not always right on the line, hitting your braking points, and balancing the amount of kerb you use, you’re not in the hunt,” he said.

The secret to a fast lap? Getting the best launch out of the hairpin and carrying all possible speed over the top of the ‘mountain’ onto the front straight.

“Getting the kerbs right is crucial too – not enough kerb and the lap time is down; too much risks damage to the suspension or underside of the car.”

Harker says though he’s not often aware of the crowd when he is racing, the sheer ‘buzz’ of competing at New Zealand’s largest sporting event makes the weekend very special.

“The schools that come through, the people, the cars – the vibe is really different, it’s motorsport at another level,” he said.

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Published 13 January 2018

Christchurch driver Jack Milligan has sprinted into the lead in the 2017-2018 Toyota 86 Championship with victory in today's race at Mike Pero Motorsport Park, Ruapuna, Christchurch.

Milligan dominated the race from the start and was able to dictate pace over the distance to the chequered flag, though behind him Michael Scott had forced his way through the field to a podium and International Motorsport's Connor Adam hung on to maintain his title hopes.

On his charge through the field, Scott tangled with Tom Alexander mid-corner, the latter spinning off into the infield before regaining the track. Scott also set fastest lap of the race, a 1:37.949 on lap 3.

Another local, Jaden Ransley, was quick in the opening laps and showed true racecraft to hang on as the podium battle swept over him. He finished fourth, two second clear of leading rookie Jordan Baldwin.

Tom Alexander dropped tothe rear of the field while rejoining the race and finished eighth. The former Cantabrian has been battling illness and had missed free practice during the week. 

New inductee Sam Wallace made a clean start to the championship, finishing behind Alexander and ahead of Sam Wright, the Championship's youngest competitor, in the Tony Richards Toyota car.

Toyota 86 Championship round four, race one

1 Jack Milligan

2 Michael Scott

3 Connor Adam

4 Jaden Ransley

5 Jordan Baldwin

6 Bramwell King

7 Peter Vodanovich

8 Tom Alexander

9 Sam Wallace

10 Sam Wright

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