Fireworks Spectacular Race Report…From the Eyes of the Class Reps.
Fireworks & Excitement on & off the Track…..
The Ministock Girls were giving the Boys a run for their money on Saturday night, 33B Kareena Annan took her first Win in only her second official meeting here at Meeanee Speedway. It was good close racing by all, in the second race 53B Tristan Johnson seem to fire through the pack to take win on the last lap from the two tussling Dorward brothers, Ethan & Ryan. Although the Feature had to be cut short with two laps to go as 16B Young Hamish McEwan had contact with the Wall coming out of turn 2. No shine was ever going to be taken from 14B Courtney Hattons her first ever Win in a Ministock and in the Chixieland Chicken Feature race earning her the Minstock Driver of the Night award.
Productions Saloons overall had great first race night racing with 5 new Bay Drivers – Wayne Fannin, Brent Gosney, Jarrod Hart, Denton Hodgkinson and Kevin Milne Welcome aboard. Some consistent running from both 19B Brendon Zachan and 27B Brent Reddington but the Highlight came in the Feature race of the night when 69R John Whyle rolled his “Non -Contact Class” Production Saloon up the wall. Great driving from all our Hawkes Bay drivers to keep out the visiting drivers from a win until the last Race. Well Done All.
It was Great to have 11 Sidecars on our first night of racing for this season, and it proved to produce some close racing from both home and visiting Riders & Swingers. Hawkes Bay’s 51B Crew of Kim & Kerry Johnson took the first win of the season, but was unable to contain the experienced 19V outfit of John Hannan & Bryce Rose. Thanks to all that travelled from out of town hope you all enjoyed your nights racing and thanks to our club members also. Bring on our next race night.
Streetstocks produced their usual amount of entertainment coming from all the usual suspects, although 65B Dave Brand made sure he got a chequered flag for the night in the first Race.
Superstocks provided some thrilling racing with all the young stars starting to emerge.
The local ranks were boosted with three visiting cars, 4P Chad Ace, 31P Andy McCabe and 74P Chev Taniwha – a total 15 cars to start the night.
In Race 1, Chad Ace 4P started from Grid 4 and powered away to a healthy lead all the way to the Chequered flag. Local Lad Zach Lawrence 22B started from pole and led the rest of the field to a well-deserved second place. Chev Taniwha 74P came home third after starting on Grid 9.
Race 2 saw Ace starting on Grid 11 to again take the win, with Adam Groome 9B taking second ahead of a chasing Thomas Stanaway 87B.
Race 3 had Steve Jude 16B in his new Shane Penn tri-rail on pole but had handling issues and surrendered the lead to a flying Adam Groome 9B who was right on song at his first race meeting of the season. No one could catch Groome, who started on grid 3, where he led from the first corner to the finish. Thomas Stanaway 87B was chasing Groome, but got caught up in a tussle between James Tollison 24B and Jason Wilson 17B exiting the pit corner. Stanaway then ended up locked together with Tollison where the race was called to finish on lap 11 of the 12 lap race. Only 7 cars finished the Feature race after 14 started.
Driver of the night was a delighted Adam Groome who is a strong contender for the Hawkeyes team this season.
Another driver to shine was Sam Warner driving the 3NZ car of Graeme Barr who loaned his car to race, to the winner of a fund raising raffle – Sam Warner. Sam placed sixth in the first race and second in the Feature race – a good effort in another owner’s car.
RESULTS – Saturday 5th November
Race 1 – 1st 42B Cameron Swift, 2nd 5B Regan Penn, 3rd 261B Ethan Anderson, 4th 21B Josh Swannell, 5th 115B Grant Hollyman, 6th 56B Hayden Barnett
Race 2 – 1st 261B, 2nd 42B, 3rd 56B, 4th 21B, 5th 15B Michael Smith, 6th 115B
Race 3 – 1st 1NZ, 2nd 5B, 3rd 115B, 4th 41B, 5th 261B, 6th 15B
Race 1 – 1st 33B Kareen Annan, 2nd 53B Tristan Johnson, 3rd 72B Ronan Warner, 4th 58B Jack Lawson, 5th 12B Ryan Dorward, 6th 14B Courtney Hatton
Race 2 – 1st 53B, 2nd 10B Ethan Dorward, 3rd 12B, 4th 4B Thomas Rumble-Faram, 5th 97B Marshall Zachan, 6th 72B
Race 3 – 1st 14B, 2nd 4B, 3rd 88B, 4th 72B, 5th 97B, 6th 42B Lauren Swift
Race 1 / A – 1st 51B Johnson/Johnson, 2nd 21P Murray/Plumber, 3rd 3NZ J. Moohan/Cooper, 4th 26B Lincoln/Orchard, 5th 89P Leth/McKinley
Race 1 / B – 1st 21B McNamara/Olsen, 2nd 19V Hannan/Rose, 3rd 12B Satherley/Hale, 4th 27A D. Moohan/Mason, 5th 68B Pruckmuller/ Pruckmuller
Race 2 / A – 1st 19v, 2nd 51B, 3rd 3NZ, 4th 27A
Race 2 / B – 1st 21B, 2nd 21P, 3rd 26B, 4th 12B, 5th 68B, 6th 17B Devery/Steigenberger
Race 3 / A – 1st 12B, 2nd 17B, 3rd 26B, 4th 27A, 5th 68B
Race 3 / B – 1st 19V, 2nd 3NZ, 3rd 21P, 4th 51B
Race 1 – 1st 4P Chad Ace, 2nd Zach Lawrence, 3rd 74P Chev Taniwha, 4th 87B Thomas Stanaway, 5th 31P Andy McCabe, 6th 9B Adam Groome
Race 2 – 1st 4P, 2nd 9B, 3rd 87B, 4th 31P, 5th 22B, 6th 24B James Tollison
Race 3 – 1st 9B, 2nd 3NZ Sam Warner, 3rd 74P, 4th 22B, 5th 16B Steve Jude, 6th 87B
Race 1 – 1st 19B Brendon Zachan, 2nd 27B Gregg Reddington, 3rd 63H Peter Cradock, 4th 10B Brandon Lawrence, 5th 22B David Hodgkinson, 6th 95R Craig Jones
Race 2 – 1st 27B, 2nd 95R, 3rd 19B, 4th 63H, 5th 22B, 6th 69R John Whyle
Race 3 – 1st 63H, 2nd 19B, 3rd 27B, 4th 17B Gibson Tout, 5th 95R, 6th 10B
Race 1 – 1st 65B Dave Brand, 2nd 46B Brent Reddington, 3rd 24B Daniel Melling, 4th 16B Ben Yeoman, 5th 27B Wayne Melling, 6th 3NZ Joe Roche
Race 2 – 1st 46B, 2nd 27B, 3rd 23B Shayne Melling, 4th 65B, 5th 16B, 6th 24B
Race 3 – 1st 27B 2nd 3NZ, 3rd 24B, 4th 65B, 5th 46B, 6th 16B