I now know the difference between a basic club night and a Christmas special, put Santa on the back of a stockcar and throw some lollies at the kids during a parade lap and jingle jingle, Christmas Special! I think there were more lollies than kids, Santa is losing his audience it would appear. This was meeting five for the Auckland club and really it could have been meeting one, fairly similar sized fields, usual suspects in the pits, same old same old. Im still waiting for a bit of the 'Robertson magic' to rub off on the club but patience is wearing a bit thin, note to self, it will not happen overnight, keep the faith...
There were seven classes in attendance which made the pits very full, 30 Ministocks, 24 Stockcars, 8 Modifieds, 6 Sidecars, 5 Supersaloons, 10 Streetstocks, 14 Saloons, and the lone Superstock of Paul Vasey, who ran off the back of the Stockcars all night. This means we have now sighted THREE Superstocks with an A on the side, two more and we have a team! Christmas joy. Stockcars predictably stole the night, which wasn't much of a challenge, three action packed heats. Heat one, and within two laps 67a Nick Krisnic had put 7a up the wall in his signature move, he wasn't finished there, he then applied the Krizomatic move on 242a Bernie Fox and put him up the wall just after the start-finish line bringing on the red lights. Welcome back 67a, christmas bonus for you if I was dishing out the dough. 168a Billy Neill continued his wretched start to the season failing to complete a single race. 29a Scott Tennant slowed 95a Gary Lonergan, taking him out of the running for heat one ending his impressive run of wins and 741a Craig Chatfield in his first race of the season beat 15a Carl Campbell to the line for the win.
Heat two had plenty more action and featured a great battle between 82a Rob Neill and 22a Leigh Cossey, 16a Dave Ingram seemed to be a popular target getting belted all over the show. Regular transmission was restored though with Gary Lonergan taking the win and also managing to take the feature for night in heat three. Rob Neill put 28a up the wall and spent most of the feature battling with 85a Shannon Savage. Even with one tyre gone he kept on stirring, one of the performers of the night. 77a Brad Bates fortunes took a turn for the better, completing the feature and being able to drive off to the pits in a car that has had some issues. 2nz Phil Towgood in the Saloons was the other standout driver, also competing in the SuperSaloon section he was either in the action or contesting the lead all night. He got his moneys worth with six races in one night. Two Palmy sidecars gave the locals a thrashing, 31p winning every race. The rest of the racing was tame, and thats being kind at Christmas, really not much to write home about, as the title of this posting says, more ho hum than ho ho. Not really a $20 show in my opinion.
Meeting rating : 4/10
Programme : $2, Colour cover
Competitor numbers : 97 over 7 classes
Driver of the night : 82a Rob Neill / 2nz Phil Towgood
Santa : DNF, tough night for Santa
Snoopy's Christmas : played 3 times
Parking : Free