The Todd and Pollock Baypark Busters won the Teams Nationals at Waikaraka
The Busters are the undisputed best Stockcar Team in the country, having now
won back to back titles in Auckland. The Busters also won the Palmerston
North Teams Champs. The six drivers who made up the team are Rodney Wood,
Ross Ashby, Kyle Fraser, Bryce Steiner, Kerry Remnant with Jeff Mohi as the
sixth driver. Mark Walker is the Team Manager.
The Todd and Pollock Busters beat the Auckland Assassins in the final at
Earlier the Rotorua Rebels beat the Waikato Wanderers in the run-off to
decide third and fourth.
The North Island Select beat the Auckland Attackers in the run off to decide
5th and 6th places.
The racing was of a brutal nature in front of a large appreciative crowd.
Every driver became a hero to the crowd, and there was action aplenty.
Highlights included a triple flip in the first turn of a semi-final when
Rodney Wood, Ross Ashby and Neil McCoard all rolled in the same incident.
Ashby landed on his wheels and kept going only to cause a red light when he
was caught later in the same race and planted on the concrete wall by Robbie
Aaron Headington, in a borrowed car, had a huge dump which included an end
over end flip, a barrell roll without touching the ground, hitting the flag
marshalls stand on the start finish line and bending the cage when the car
landed on it's roof on top of the concrete wall. At the end of the accident
the #73a car fell back onto it's wheels and Headington insisted on carrying
on with the race. 40 metres after the restart the car was attacked again,
did another half lap before getting slammed again and losing a wheel.
Robbie Mabey straight lined race leader Jared Wade into the pit bend
concrete after Wade had been tagged and delayed by Mike Herbert. The #33a
car picked up the Waikato car half down the straight and went full noise
into the wall. Fortunately Wade got the 85 slightly turned before the wall
and therefore lived. The ambulance came onto the track to attend a winded
Mabey but he refused help as soon as he had got his breath and continued
with the race once the green light came on. Wade asked simply to be removed
from the track, but once extracted from his car was put in the ambulance. He
was later hobbling in the pits.
Barry Hunter, a former Auckland Champion and New Zealand Stockcar Champion,
caused a red light when he rolled himself off the wall on the back straight.
There were several races where the leader got tagged in the last lap and
after the final the only mobile car for the victory lap was the Buster's
reserve car ,#38, driven by Jeff Mohi as Ross Ashby was too sore to race.
The racing was so hard, the hits so big, the damage so great that the final
race which paid $3,000.00 to win had to be cancelled due to lack of mobile
cars. There were six cars able to take the green and even given time a field
that would total only 10 or 12 cars was all that could be readied. The race
was planned to have 24 starters. Nobody expressed disappointment that the
final race was not run, the fans went home happy.
Super Saloons raced hard on a fast, slightly slick track. They tended to
bunch up and race two abreast. Wins went to 45a Glenn Turner, 66s Skinny
Colson and 96a Lance Jennings.
The Supers also had two top gun shootouts. The first was won by 2nz Richard
Pierce 34.50 secs for two laps from 6a Doug Torrey 35.60 seconds. The second
top gun shootout had Skinny Colson go against Lance Jennings. At the end of
his two lap timed run Colson spun after the chequered flag. Jennings
finished his two laps parked hard in the wall of Cemetery Bend after the
chequered flag. Jennings did 34.06 for his two laps and the 66s went round
in 33.78 seconds.
Streetstocks raced and Bill Peat took two wins with the other going to Steve
22 Stockcars faced the starter for the first Stockcar race of the night.
Only 14 were fit for the next race that featured some hard hitting action
after the chequered flag and a mere nine cars fronted for the feature. Wins
went to 22h Blair Ashton, 10a Craig Collins and 96h Scott Redfern.