Skinny Colson, Super Saloon # 66s, won the Auckland Super Saloon
Championship at Waikaraka Speedway at the 20th December meeting.
The Auckland Limited Saloon Championship was also raced and Phil Towgood
(48m) won that title.
Daniel Knight (25a) is the new Auckland MiniStox Champion.
The final meeting before Christmas was a cracker. Good fields on a fast
track provided great entertainment and the 24 races were all done by 10.05
p.m. The Auckland Super Saloon Championship was decided over a 25-lap
feature. The 14 cars that contested the title raced two heats earlier in the
night to determine the grid positions for the Championship race.
After qualifying Colson and Lance Jennings shared the top points scorer
laurels with 25 points each. 72m Ken Sines and 74m Craig Richards were next,
equal on 22 points. Doug Torrey started 5th on the grid for the 25 lapper
after he had scored 21 points in the two heats and Glenn Turner had 19
points. Next were Steve Williams and Reece Jones with 17 and 13 points
The first heat for Super Saloons saw Ben Harding in #24a go from pole with
Ken Sines outside. Andrew Marks (91m) and Doug Torrey (6a) shared row two in
front of 99a Shane McInteer (now with a spiffing black colour scheme) and
98a Graeme Andrew.
Ben Harding took an early lead but his car hasn't felt right since he dumped
it at Huntly and the #24a spun away the lead. Doug Torrey was on a mission
and took the lead and held off a determined charge by Skinny Colson over the
last four laps. At the chequered flag three cars crossed the finish line in
an eye blink with Craig Richards pipping Colson on the line to steal second
place. Shane McInteer was the only car to leave the track on the hook,
although Wayne Hall (69s) was also a non-finisher.
At the start of the second heat for the Super Saloons Ben Harding was
in-field with a stalled engine even before the green fell. Lance Jennings
took off into a fine lead. The race went yellow, for a long time, after
Graeme Andrew smashed hard into the pit bend concrete. The outlet fuel line
from the tank came fully adrift but, although there was a flash fire that
put itself out, the Red Corvette made it safely to the infield. There the
methanol soaked into the ground before exploding into flame. Eight fire
extinguished later the fire was finally got under control. Even foam could
not stop the methanol fuelled flame burning out the ground. Eventually the
car with three flat tyres and broken steering was hooked clear of the
burning earth and the ground was put out. On the race restart Jennings held
off Richards and after several other spins and minor collisions between
competitors farther back in the field Jennings and Colson fought for the
lead by racing side by side for nearly 3 laps.
Auckland Super Saloon Championship.
1st 66s Skinny Colson
2nd 96a Lance Jennings
3rd 45a Glenn Turner
4th 74m Craig Richards
5th 6a Doug Torrey
6th 21m Steve Williams
7th 72m Ken Sines
The Mini Stox raced their Auckland Championship over three heats. The
winners of the races were Ricky Corban, Scott Phipps and Daniel Knight.
Auckland Mini Stox Championship
1st 25a Daniel Knight 54 points
2nd 36a Blair Mitchell 51 points
2nd 16a Ricki Corban 51 points
4th 12a Scott Phipps 46 points
5th 99a Jay Waugh 45 points
6th 33a James Cossey 38 points
7th 8a Adam Mills 37 points
8th 82a Robert Neill 34 points
9th 49a Samual Sykes 33 points
10th 93a Josh O'Brien 30 points
10th 9a Richard Pearce 30 points
12th 51m Aaron Staats 27 points
13th 211a Zane Hodge 25 points
14th 96a Issac Drysdale 19 points
15th 21a Areena McCormick 14 points
16th 88a Alvin Narayan 13 points
17th 31a Shane Cole 11 points
18th 72a Seth McConchie 6 points
19th 46a Ryan Turner 4 points
A reasonable field of 18 cars contested an attrition filled Auckland Limited
Saloon Championship over three heats. Two visitors shared the front row for
the first heat, Aranu Nepia on pole with 41m Neville Stuart outside. Stuart
opened a handy lead but behind him all sorts of drama unfolded. 58a Gavin
Hinsley found the green curse was still with him as the engine in his fast
Saloon kept stopping. He has checked and replaced everything possible so it
has to be green goblins or Leprechauns making the engine die temporarily.
When the 58 engine stopped mid corner, in a nose to tail shunt Robin Thomas
tore the end of the steering rack.
Later 61a Roy Walker and 26a Brian Noble tangled fighting for third spot.
During the yellow flag period 33a John Parlato watched his temperature gauge
climb higher and higher. He eventually pulled to the in-field when the
needle reached 265 degrees. Stuart in the little 41m felt his car starting
to dance about erratically and just after Towgood had popped past to take
the lead a steering tie rod end broke going down the straight. Late in the
race oil spilling onto an over flow pipe billowed smoke behind the 44a of
Troy Parlato (the oil pressure stayed steady at 60) but the big black racer
blew a radiator hose and retired unseen inside a huge steam cloud to the
The field was reduced to 13 starters for the second heat in the Limited
title. That race was won by a patient through traffic, but hard charging,
Phil Towgood. Brian Noble actually led most of the way in a race that went
from green to chequered without a yellow. In the third heat Noble went from
grid 6 and Towgood from grid 7. They finished in that order.
Auckland Limited Saloon Championship
1st 48m Phil Towgood 53 points
2nd 26a Brian Noble 52 points
3rd 23a Brett Perini 41 points
3rd 17m Tony Heuvel 41 points
5th 95a Kevin Head 38 points
6th 9h Bryce Louden 35 points
6th 55a Geoff Gentry 35 points
8th 13a Kyle Webster 34 points
9th 97a Robin Thomas 30 points
10th 99m Steve Walling 27 points
11th 66a Peter Knedler 26 points
12th 6k Nepia Anaru 16 points
13th 75a Craig Duthie 8 points
A classy field of Super Stocks was on hand for the night's racing. There
were 13 out of towners getting a look at the track before next week-ends
City of Sails Super Stock Classic and Auckland Super Stock Championship. In
the first heat Kelvin Grey was super fast on the quick track and was holding
62m Neville Stanaway at bay until the oil temperature went way too high and
the oil pressure far too low. Kelvin Grey suspected his oil pump in the 46p
car was dickey. Stanaway won the opening race from Chris Allen and Robbie
Maybe. Kelvin Grey kept going in the second Super Stock heat to win from
Stanaway in a 62m car that is superbly fast. Scott Hewson in 35r was third.
Blair Neal took off like a rocket in the feature race for Super Stocks but
337r Darcy Hunter chased him down to take the win. The son of Vic Neal held
off Stanaway to finish second with Geoff James (81m) coming home in fourth
Modifieds raced in a small field with wins going to Ray Chatfield, Alan
Haigh and Jamie Fox.
Streetstocks raced hard and fast, generally the 'wrong' way. 66a Craig
McKinney won the first heat but was a target and was more like a spinning
top for the other races. Bill Peat and Greg Simpson won the other two races.
A fourth race for the Streetstocks saw the win go to Shannon Savage, but the
drive of the night was Bill Peat's run to second place as he spun at least
six cars during the race without being delayed for too long. Nevano Cowan,
back in a Streetstock after racing his Super Stock so far this season was
Meeting Six Result Sheet