Friday, May 06, 2011
...and that's all folks!
Stockcar & Streetstock Teams Racing
How ironic that after a season full of cancelled or rain affected meetings, the final meeting I planned on attending turned out to be a stunner in the sun at Kihikihi Speedway. In fact the whole day was just spot on, and going by the postings I've read, I think quite a few other jaded speedway fans were just hanging out for one more decent meeting under a blue sky with plenty of biff and bash and some fierce Sprintcar action to top it off. Gisborne and Kihikihi contested three heats in the Streetstocks, and Ive gotta say 21k Brian Edwards was the entertainer in this section. Who would have thought such aggression was boiling under the surface! Get this guy into Streetstocks or Stockcars full time, star of the day! There was also Stockcar teams racing between Gisborne, Stratford, Waikato and the locals who stunned a few with two decent performances gaining them the runners up position to the Waikato Raiders. Stratford defeated the Gisborne Gladiators for third. Both Stratford and Gisborne deserve some major credit this season for the amount of teams racing they have completed, 16 races for Gizzy and 15 for Stratty, awesome stuff. Also it was encouraging to see a cohesive Kihikihi Crusaders team that looked the goods and hopefully can build on this effort. If they are ever short of a blocker, that 11k tank that was in the stockcar heats looks like one solid piece of heavy metal!
The other feature for me was the final Stockcar all in heat for the Rosetown Stockcar Classic 25 lapper. A field of about 25 cars fronted and I've got to say I really like these longer races, we don't see too many of these any more - anything over about 15 laps is pretty rare. 34a Mark Wearing took the win from 95h and 66g, managing to survive a last corner attack from the Huntly contingent. Sprintcars, Superstocks and Saloons filled out a strong programme and left the crowd satisfied and no doubt checking out what few meetings are left to get their last fix before the winter hibernation begins.