Connor Adam, 20, of Mount Albert has recorded second place in the second round of the South Island Endurance Series.
Racing at Cromwell’s Highlands Motorsport Park on Saturday in a Toyota 86 with Todd Foster, Adam was keen to improve on his impressive third placing at the previous round in Invercargill.
The young duo qualified the car second in Class A, a class for cars with engines up to 2000cc in size.
Adam would start the three-hour race in the car, with the team planning to run through a tank of fuel before a driver change. A well-timed safety-car saw Adam pit earlier than planned at the 45-minute mark.
Thanks to plenty of green running, Adam had built up a mammoth one-lap gap over the third-placed car before handing the car over to Foster an hour and 45-minutes into the race.
That gap would prove critical to their success as the car’s gearbox began to fail with about an hour to go, leaving Foster to nurse the car home at the slightly reduced pace.
“It’s great to build on where we left off last round.” said Adam.
“We just did our own thing, ran our own race and let it come to us. We were lucky with so much green flag racing during my stint, it really let us build that gap.
“Todd did a great job nursing home the car with a failing gearbox for the last hour!”
The penultimate round of the South Island Endurance Series takes place at Levels Raceway in Timaru on the 19th of October.