It was a Streetstock night and that section turned it on for the crowd.
The feature event was a Streetstock Teams race. A makeshift team was needed
to take on an Auckland team after the expected visitors declined to show at
the last moment. The teams race however was a cracker. The drivers were very
committed and there was plenty of smashing and banging. 14r Eben Young took
an early lead and survived repeated attempts from the Auckland cars to stop
him. Eventually Tony Gavin got a good hit on the visiting Charger and the
14r went no further. The front was wrecked. Craig McKinney in his yellow
Commodore #66a eventually took the chequered flag to win the teams race for
Auckland. The only car not racing for the Auckland team to get to the finish
was 16 Chris Gerrand, who finished 5th. There was a lot of damage in the
team race but crews worked hard to get decent fields to the start lone for
the other Streetstock races on the programme.
All night the Streetstock drivers entertained. There were several stirrers
in the pack and leaders frequently fell victim to shots from waiting cars.
Winners of races were 36a Lyndon Morrison in his rapid Capri, 14r Eben Young
and Tony Gavin who in one race went for the doctor rather than fiddle around
messing up other competitors' races. On the way to his victory Gavin
(nicknamed Red) in the big Blue Holden had to deal with the fast Red Charger
of Nevano Cowen who was spun out at high speed along the straight. The crowd
laughed aloud during that race when the red lights came on and the crash
truck chased an errant wheel down the front straight. The wheel stayed
straight and true before turning obediently left and onto the infield, the
crash crew truck following behind!
A decent field of Limited Saloons fronted on the night and raced two wide
for a lot of the time. At Waikaraka Speedway the saloon class is handicapped
with the fast guys having to run from the rear and make passes to become
winners. Gavin Hinsley is the back marker in the class at the moment and was
good enough on the night to get two wins, a second and third in the four
saloon races. Robin Thomas and Bryce Louden also had winning drives. The
first appearance of the season of Nigel Ross in his Maggie Monza provided
some interest for the crowd. Ross is going to be going wheel to wheel with
Hinsley and as both drivers are spectacular broadsliders who are prepared to
use the whole track and do not like shutting the throttle the battles
promise to be thrilling.
An innovation at the Speedway is the Top Gun Shootout. The idea is to
determine who is the Top Gun in each section. It is a challenge series that
will run until the end of the season. The challenge is a two lap run against
the clock. The Top Gun for the Limited Saloon class is Gavin Hinsley. Bryce
Louden provided the challenge and posted a two lap time of 40.88 seconds.
Hinsley responded with a 36.40 second time.
The Modifieds also had their initial Top Gun Shootout. Not unexpectedly
Jamie Fox was faster than his two challenges on the night. His two-lap time
was 31.16 seconds. Hayden Scheffer did a very respectable time of 31.84 and
the big white and green machine of Mal Hills ran a two lapper in 32.09
Allan Haigh was, figuratively, on fire at the meeting. The Modifieds race
fastest off the back at Waikaraka Speedway with Allan Haigh being made to
give more and more ground up to those that start in front of him. Haigh is
magic through traffic and won the two heats. He and Foxy could not make up
the handicap to catch, the getting quicker with each meeting, Mal Hills
#112a in the feature.
The quick Mini Sprints had three races and Alvin Cobb, #2nz from Kihikihi,
won the two opening races. In the feature he was leading when with a lap to
go 14h Jason Bryant slammed his red machine hard into the concrete. Shaun
Cooke was able to close the gap between he and Cobb under the yellows and at
the restart got a good jump and drove around the outside of the red
Mitsubitsui engined 2nz to take the chequered flag in his blue Nissan
powered #1nz. Auckland Kerry Clark #3nz was third in the feature.
Visiting Stockcar driver 96h Scott Redfern had a great night winning the
Stockcar feature and one of the heats. The other heat win went to 34a Mark
Wearing. A small field of Super Stocks raced and Chris Allen dominated. In
the first Warwick Ansty decided to have some Teams racing practise using
Willie McNabb as a target. Neville McNabb, driving the Nevano Cowan owned
machine, was spun in the first corner. Ansty continued with his teams racing
practise in the second heat and then Chris Allen showed the former
Streetstocker how hard the concrete wall was by putting the 49a car away in
the feature. Chris Allen won the first two races from Barry Hunter Jnr and
Russell Hunter won the feature from Ansty and Allen.
Youth Mini Stox had their initial two races but lost their feature when
officials decided enough was enough and trailered the whole section rather
than endure the nonsense that was occurring during the Youth Mini Stox
racing that was contrary to fair racing (and the rulebook). The winners of
the two races that were completed were 12a Scott Ward-Phipps and 25a Daniel
Next week at Waikaraka Speedway Modifieds will race for the Auckland
Championship which is being sponsored by Herb Morgan Tyres. The meeting will
feature a lot of Road Cars racing in what is being called the Mad Butcher