Sarah O’Reilly surprised herself by scoring the biggest success of her career when winning the New Zealand Junior Drivers Championship at Rangiora on Sunday.
The 19-year-old saved her best until last to score the maximum points she needed to take out the title by winning its last heat with Flamboyant.
O’Reilly admitted she was far from thinking about winning the competition going in to the final heat.
Her focus was instead on giving Flamboyant every possible chance to win.
“It was a huge thrill and very unexpected,” O’Reilly said.
O’Reilly is enjoying a breakout season in the sulky with 20 wins.
Her success helped her qualify to represent the South Island in the championship.
O’Reilly will get the chance to take her career to even bigger heights when she competes in the Australasian Young Drivers Championship later this year.