'It's very emotional to see my name there' - Brendon Hartley has street close to childhood racecourse named after him

Kiwi driver Brendon Hartley has had his whirlwind motor racing career recognised back where it all began, after having a street named in his honour close to the circuit he raced on growing up.

The Palmerston North born and raised driver had his sensational year capped off in his backyard, with the throughfare to Manfeild renamed Brendon Hartley Drive in his honour.

"I'm very honoured and it's very emotional to see my name there - my earliest childhood memories are here at Manfeild, watching my dad race and I had my very first race here," Hartley said.

"I left home at 16 so I've spent more than a third of my life away, but my feet are still on the ground and Manawatu will always be home. I'm very proud of that. I've learned so much over the last few years but it all started here."

The road naming was driven by the Manawatu Car Club, of which the 28-year-old is a member, and was readily sanctioned by Manfeild Park Trust.

Club president Richie Arber said it just seemed right.

"This is the best way to recognise a young man who has achieved some incredible results and is now elevated to a category he dreamed of since he was a kid."

The main thoroughfare into the Palmerston North-born Formula One driver’s home circuit, Manfeild, is now Brendon Hartley Drive. Source: Supplied


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Watch: Kiwi Midget car goes flying, catapults dangerously close to top of Western Springs safety barriers in wild crash

Auckland driver Hayden Williams went from midget car driver to pilot in a matter of seconds during a race in the International Test at Western Springs yesterday after his car went completely airborne.

Williams was last in the race when he caught the tire of another car in the opening moments of the 30 Lap Midget Feature in yesterday's event.

As a result, his car was catapulted towards the safety barriers which it flew up and nearly vaulted before crashing back to earth.

The race had to be red-flagged as a result while repairs were made to the fence.

Williams said after walking away from the crash he was okay.

"The body's a little bit sore," he said.

"I'm not quite sure what happened."

Racing had to eventually be abandoned due to the track becoming too slick from the poor Boxing Day weather that blighted most of the country.

Hayden Williams went from driver to pilot in a matter of seconds at the Western Springs International Test. Source: Supplied


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Watch: 'Boys don't wear princess dresses!' Formula 1 champ Lewis Hamilton slammed for mocking nephew's Christmas outfit

Formula One world champion Lewis Hamilton has apologised for a video he shared on social media of him mocking his nephew for wearing a princess dress.

Hamilton told his 5.7 million Instagram followers in the video he was upset by the four-year-old's outfit.

"I'm so sad right now. Look at my nephew," he said.

The camera then moves away from Hamilton's face to show a young boy wearing a pink princess dress and waving around a heart-shaped wand.

"Why are you wearing a princess dress? Is this what you got for Christmas?" Hamilton asked his nephew.

The nephew innocently said he did ask for the dress, which led Hamilton to ask more questions.

"Why did you ask for a princess dress for Christmas?''

"Boys don't wear princess dresses!"

Hamilton made his apology after taking the video down from his Instagram story in a series of tweets.

"Yesterday I was playing around with my nephew and realised that my words were inappropriate so I removed the post," he wrote.

"I meant no harm and did not mean to offend anyone at all. I love that my nephew feels free to express himself as we all should.

"My deepest apologies for my behaviour as I realise it is really not acceptable for anyone, no matter where you are from, to marginalise or stereotype anyone.

"I have always been in support of anyone living their life exactly how they wish and I hope I can be forgiven for this lapse in judgement."

The video drew heavy criticism on social media from fans and celebrities alike.

Artist Travis Alabanza tweeted in reply to Hamilton's apology, saying, "I hope Lewis Hamilton properly thinks and apologises to his nephew for that video.

"Thinks about why it is so horrible, and considers donating to a charity which supports LGBT youth. That video is a video so many of us have experienced. Gross. It sticks with you.''


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