Wednesday, February 05, 2014

Stockcar Teams Update 8

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Welcome to the Sunset Slayers from Westport Speedway in the South Island. Their first hit out at their home track was against the Greymouth Grizzlies from Greenstone Park, hopefully the beginning of another South Island track joining in the Teams racing scene that is growing every season in the mainland. Rotorua Rascals are having their best season ever and remain unbeaten on top of the table. a few teams have moved up after the Peter Barry teams event ran on Friday night, but rain stopped the show and it will be a complete rerun.

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Photo by Craig Baker
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Photo by Craig Baker
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Photo by Stephanie Bellis
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Photo by Stephanie Bellis

November 2
Top of the South Speedway, Nelson
Tasman Thunder def Greymouth Grizzlies

November 9
Eastern States Speedway, Blenheim
Ken's Cowboys defeat Eastern States Titans
Canterbury Crushers def Ken's Cowboys
Eastern States Titans def Canterbury Crushers

November 15 & 16
Woodford Glen, Christchurch
Eastern States Titans 140 def Team Heibner 45
Ken's Cowboys def 150 def Canterbury Crushers 25
Ken"s Cowboys 150 def Eastern States Titans 35
Canterbury Crushers 150 def Team Heibner 35

November 15 & 16
Huntly Speedway, Waikato
Rotorua Rascals def Gisborne Gladiators
Stratford Stormers def Meeanee Maulers
Auckland Alleycats def Manawatu Steelers
Wanganui Vulcans def Waikato Raiders
Rotorua Rascals def Meeanee Maulers
Stratford Stormers def Gisborne Gladiators
Manawatu Steelers def Wanganui Vulcans
Auckland Alleycats def Waikato Raiders
Night 2
Manawatu Steelers def Gisborne Gladiators
Huntly Hawks def Baypark Bulldogs
Waikato Raiders def Meeanee Maulers
Auckland Alleycats def Stratford Stormers
Rotorua Rascals def Wanganui Vulcans
Meeanee Maulers def Gisborne Gladiators
Manawatu Steelers def Waikato Raiders
Wanganui Vulcans def Stratford Stormers
Rotorua Rascals def Auckland Alleycats

November 24th
Oceanview Speedway
Stratford Stormers def Wanganui Vulcans
Baypark Bulldogs def Huntly Hawks

November 30th 
Rotorua Rascals def Auckland Alleycats (Rees Shield)
Huntly Raiders def Gisborne Gladiators
Nelson Thunder def Canterbury Crushers

December 14th
Palmerston North Pumas def Wellington Young Guns
Wanganui Vulcans def Stratford Stormers

January 2nd
NZ Stockcar Teams Champs Qualifying
Rotorua Rascals 175 def Waikato Raiders 20
Wellington Young Guns 160 def Gisborne Gladiators 35
Canterbury Crushers 160 def Baypark Bulldogs 35
Tasman Thunder 185 def Auckland Alleycats 0
Stratford Stormers 135 def Eastern States Titans 60
Meeanee Maulers 165 def Wanganui Vulcans 0
Palmerston North Pumas 145 def Waikato Raiders 50
Rotorua Rascals 150 def Wellington Young Guns 45
Gisborne Gladiators 160 def Canterbury Crushers 35
Auckalnd Alleycats 110 def Baypark Bulldogs 85
Stratford Stormers 165 def Tasman Thunder 30
Wanganui Vulcans 145 def Eastern States Titans 50
Palmerston North Pumas 155 def Meeanee Maulers 40

NZ Stockcar Teams Finals
Wellington Young Guns def Canterbury Crushers
Gisborne Gladiators def Meeanee Maulers
Rotorua Rascals def Tasman Thunder
Palmerston North Pumas def Stratford Stormers
Stratford Stormers def Gisborne Gladiators
Wellington Young Guns def Tasman Thunder
Rotorua Rascals def Palmerston North Pumas

At World 240's, Paradise Valley Raceway
Rotorua Rascals def Waikato Raiders

Jan 31
Peter Barry Teams, Meeanee Speedway
Wellington Young Guns def Waikato Raiders
Palmerston North Pumas def Meeanee Maulers
North Island Select def Stratford Stormers
Wanganui Vulcans def Gisborne Gladiators
Waikato Raiders def Hasbeens
Baypark Bulldogs def Meeanee Maulers
Wellington Young Guns def North Island Select
Meeting abandoned due to rain.

Feb 2 Sunset Speedway
Greymouth Grizzlies def Westport Slayers 

2012/13 Season Final table HERE  Winners Eastern States Titans
2011/12 Season Final table HERE  Winners Waikato Raiders
2010/11 Season Final table HERE  Winners Palmerston North Pumas

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Ross all class, Lions are back!

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Auckland Saloon Title, Superstock Team Race

Waikaraka Park, Feb 1

Brilliant conditions and the pits bursting with cars, all the ingredients you need for a great night of speedway at Waikaraka Park last night. The feature events were the Auckland Saloon title and a Superstock teams race between the Auckland Allstars and the Great Britain Lions in their first run before the NZ Superstock teams meeting in Palmerston North next weekend. The British won this event in style last season and then laid waste to the local cars in the open races.

Auckland Saloon Title
Two groups of about 9 cars each had two heats and then the top eight would compete in a pole shuffle for a final 20 lap feature. Numbers had dropped somewhat from the early indications during the week, but the field was still a classy bunch. Group one heat wins went to 4a Anita Sloot ahead of 3nz Nigel Ross. While Ross would win the second heat ahead of 166h Geoff Webb and 27a Stephen Corry. The track for heat one was pretty slushy but most handled it, 59a Bryan Skelton the only one to encounter any problems and dropped well back during the race. Race two again fairly tame although Ross was able to move up from grid 6 for the win, spins for 75a and 25a dropping them well back.

Group two and 49h Bodie Abrahamson snatched the lead early and took a convincing win from one of the favourites, 48a Phil Towgood. 11a Lynn Yates and 61a Roy Walker having a moment when both cars touched but both able to finish. Heat two for this group had the most action of the night with 21h Steve Williams clearing out for the win while 89a Tom Roberts punctured early. 47a Mark Oldfield spun on turn 2, causing a bottleneck of following cars, 61a Walker riding up over the wheel of heat one winner Abrahamson who would be left with a flat left rear tyre and circling for points only. Towgood and Yates also coming together in the same corner, Yates sent to the rear of field for the restart.. 66r Peter Church finishing second behind Williams.

The top 8 shootout started well for Bodie Abrahamson defeating 166h Webb, 27a Corry but then all hell broke loose in the race off with 4a Anita Snoot and a big rollover in turn 3 for the Whangarei driver stopped the meeting as the ambulance was brought out. Abrahamson then raced against Walker who took the win. Towgood defeated Walker, Williams defeated Towgood and Ross as top points scorer had the measure of Williams for the feature race pole. The 20 lap feature had a full on start with Ross almost overcooking it on the first lap as he took the lead, then a big mid pack pile up of cars in turns 3 and 4 and by lap 3 we had 26a, 27a, 166h, 49h, 63a all on the infield. Ross cleared out in the lead and the rest of the race was the battle between Williams, Towgood and Walker for 2nd, 3rd and 4th. Despite some close moments with back markers that's how they finished, Ross winning by over half a lap. Result: 3nz, 21h, 48a, 61a, 66r, 77k, 75a, 11a. All three podium drivers did a victory lap before the presentations which was well appreciated by the crowd. Nigel Ross really is deserving of the success he is picking up this season, always the entertainer at WP, its great to see.

Auckland Allstars v Great British Lions
This was a bit of a turn-up, after some practice hot laps Auckland driver Jamie Fergusson had problems with the car and so the team had 2 races to get the car fixed. When this failed 11a Carl Hodge stepped in. On the hot laps warm up to the race proper, the 01 tank of Daz Kitson had ignition problems and couldn't front so 42a Bernie Fox became 42gb to even things up. Fox was first to strike spinning 5a Steve Guilford as 00gb Neil Scothern took the lead chased by 11a Hodge. 7a Scott Tennant then put in a brutal hit on 04 Chris Fort in turn 3. Hodge was spun and then played aggressor putting Fox up the wall in turn 4. 8a Bryce Marx blocked the British runner and Tennant reading the race perfectly took up the running role for the Allstars. 04 Fort was now running for GB until Marx was able to block him and effectively give Tennant room for a clear run to home. 5a Guilford never restarted from turn 1 and so the three car Allstars took a great win and the impressive trophy. 04gb put in a massive hit on 8a Marx after the chequered flag for good measure! Both teams will need a bit of work before next Friday but it was an impressive showing for essentially a new GB side (Tom Harris will rejoin next week) and the new look Allstars.

Support Programme
28 Stockcars turned up to party and put on some great action, 95a Gary Lonergan picked up the heat 1 win and during the course of the race must have had a small altercation with one of the Wearing clan who now number three cars. This turned into all out war in heat 2 with 37a Ash Wearing and 34a Mark Wearing having goes at the 95a and finally both working together to get the Alleycat. 741a Craig Chatfield took the win ahead of 69a Dave Seymore. 21 Cars fronted for the feature and the war continued with 32a joining in before Lonegan's car expired in turn 4 mid race. 37a Wearing then focussed on 54h smashing into the wall in turn 4, before 57a Aiden Eustace put the Huntly visitor up the wall in turn 2. Chatfield took advantage of the chaos and picked up the feature win. 11a Carl Hodge had the best of the Superstock open races with 2 wins and a second, this driver really getting to grips with the car and not afraid to dish out some hits when needed. 00gb Neil Scothern picked up the other win. 

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