An Epic Opening Nights Worth of Entertainment at Meeanee Speedway!
Congratulations to All our Competitors Tonight, some Great Racing Entertainment was witnessed by the large Crowd in attendance!
Grant Flynn took out the 2017 Hawkes Bay Super Saloon Title, after three hotly contested races.
Denton Hodgkinson got the better of Taylor Emerson & the Reddington Boys to take out the Feature Race and the First Annual Kevin Milne Memorial Trophy.
And Hawkes Bay Club Member Angus Briant won the Ministock Final to take home their first Kevin Milne Memorial Trophy.
Super Saloons – Hawkes Bay Champs
1st 6B Grant Flynn
2nd 16R Mark Osborne
3rd 5B Steve Flynn
Production Saloons – Kevin Milne Trophy
1st 22B Denton Hodgkinson
2nd 77B Taylor Emerson
3rd 27B Gregg Reddington
MiniStocks – Kevin Milne Trophy
1st 81G Angus Briant
2nd 7S Will Hart
3rd 47B Nicole Hickmott
Heat One – 1st 27B Gregg Reddington, 2nd 63H Peter Craddock, 3rd 46B Brett Reddington, 4th 96B Tanga Walsh, 5th 22B Denton Redington,
6th 10V Mike Lovell
Heat Two – 1st 46B, 2nd 22B, 3rd 96B, 4th 27B, 5th 77B Taylor Emerson, 6th 51B Brent Gosney
Heat Three (Kevin Milne Trophy Race) 1st 22B, 2nd 77B, 3rd 27B, 4th 46B, 5th 96B, 6th 52B Jarrod Hart
Heat One – 1st 3NZ Duane Todd, 2nd 84A Dean Cooper, 3rd 74G Ryan MacGregor, 4th 32B Kris Gillies , 5th 11B Adam Coonan, 6th 32A Saul Smith
Heat Two – 1st 3NZ, 2nd 32B, 3rd 74G, 4th 84A, 5th 11B, 6th 76B Doug Morris
Feature – 1st 32B, 2nd 74G, 3rd 84A, 4th 3NZ, 5th 76B, 6th 11B
Heat One – 1st 46B Quin Ryan, 2nd 88P Jack Miers, 3rd 4B Joe Faram, 4th 71P Shane Mellsop, 5th 9P Brett Hislop,
6th 23B Wayne Talbot
Heat Two – 1st 31P Andy McCabe, 2nd 22B Zach Lawrence, 3rd 88P, 4th 46B, 5th 71P, 6th 9P
Feature – 1st 31P, 2nd 58P Peter Bengston, 3rd 46B, 4th 71P, 5th 136B Maddie Wise, 6th 4B
Heat One – 1st 735A Keegan Orr, 2nd 261B Ethan Anderson, 3rd 74B Tony Palmer, 4th 14B Jemma Palmer, 5th 667P Hamish Mcleod, 6th 79B Kylye Trengrove
Heat Two – 1st 735A, 2nd 14B, 3rd 96B Brandon Symes, 4th 667P, 5th 261B, 6th 77P Scott Penn
Feature – 1st 735A, 2nd 261B, 3rd 77P, 4th 96B, 5th 5B Regan Penn, 6th 115B Grant Hollyman
Super Saloons – Hawkes Bay Champs
Heat One – 1st 5B Steve Flynn, 2nd 6B Grant Flynn, 3rd 95B Johnny Browne, 4th 23P Mick Quin, 5th 16R Mark Osborne, 6th 63A Nigel Mount
Heat Two – 1st 16R, 2nd 6B, 3rd 95B, 4th 33B Chace Rodda, 5th 5B, 6th 23P
Heat Three – 1st 126P Asher Rees, 2nd 6B, 3rd 5B, 4th 16R, 5th 63A, 6th 95B
Ministocks – Group One (Juniors)
Heat One – 1st 16R Ashton Osborne, 2nd 6B Taylor Flynn, 3rd 13R Ryan Nicholls, 4th 4B Zach Hatton, 5th 56R Paige Aulding, 6th 99B Jacob Buckrell
Heat Two – 1st 6B, 2nd 11B Liam Danielson, 3rd 16R, 4th 99B, 5th 4B, 6th 13R
Ministocks – Group Two (Seniors)
Heat One – 1st 47B Nicole Hickmott, 2nd 7S Will Hart, 3rd 15H Ryan Marshall, 4th 97B Marshall Zachan, 5th 88B Karlin Painter-Dudley, 6th 25K Jake Belk
Heat Two – 1st 12B Ryan Dorwood, 2nd 81G Angus Briant, 3rd 99R Ethan Clarke, 4th 58B Jack Lawson, 5th 7S, 6th 14B Courtney Hatton
Final – Kevin Milne Trophy 1st 81G, 2nd 7S, 3rd 47B, 4th 99R, 5th 12B, 6th 88B
Class Reps Race Reports……
TQ’s – Nick
Although there was a Small Turn Out of TQs for Opening Night they put on a Good Show!
Race one Duane Todd Came off Grid 7 to take the Win with 84A Dean Cooper on his Tail Keeping him Honest. Reverse Grid for Heat 2 Saw Todd of the Front, a Lap in and the Seasons First Roll at Meeanee Goes to 87B Michael Garnett! Down the Napier Straight Bringing on the Orange Lights, the race restart again saw Todd Leading But 32B Kris Gillies and 76G Ryan Macgregor were Hot on his Tail. Todd Won, Gillies 2nd and Macgregor 3rd Some good tight Racing by all three but a smack on the Hand by the Referee for several Pole Line infringements. The Feature Race Gillies Took the Lead from the Second Row and never looked back. Mid Race Todd Spun centre of Pit Bend causing the Orange Lights, on the restart Gillies held out Macgregor for the Feature Win with Dean Cooper right behind in 3rd. All in all it was Good Clean Racing from All Competitors, Gillies Showing his New Efficient Moving & Storage Sponsored Car has the legs to compete with the Best. 11B Adam Coonan went well on his first night in a TQ finishing in the Points in Every Race.
That’s it for Tonight… See You All Next Meeting!
Ministocks – Claire
With 39 Cars in Total, tonight was always going to be a busy one! Running Two Groups, taking the 1st & 2nd Year Drivers into Group One and the “Seniors” in Group Two. Format for the Kevin Milne Memorial Trophy was over two heats and a Final, taking the Top 6 Drivers from the Second Year Group into the Winner takes all Senior Final. Although the “Newbie” Drivers didn’t make it to the Final they never the less looked like they had been Racing on the Track for more than just a couple practices! Very Impressed, we have some Up & Coming Drivers in the Ranks that’s for sure.
6B Tylar Flynn and 16R Ashton Osborne were the best of the 2nd year drivers taking a Win a piece guaranteeing themselves a place in the Final with the “Big Boys” (and Girls)
The Seniors had more Competition with a few Visiting Drivers but it has already started to show the ones to watch with some consistent driving. Stratfords 7S Will Hart took the Top spot over two heats, with Hawkes Bay Club Member 81G Angus Briant taking Grid Two. The First Lap saw Ministocks fanning out down the Napier Straight into Pit Bend, 12B Ryan Dorward making sure his was in the mix and hung onto the Tails of Briant and Hart for as long as he could before the Flying Blue & Pink car of 47B Nicole Hickmott snuck through into third place. Another Hawkes Bay Club Member 99R Ethan Clark took 4th, Dorward 5th and 88B Karlin Painter-Dudley making some good placing coming home in 6th.
Super Saloons – Tracey
It was a Great opening night for the Super Saloons with the running of their Hawkes Bay Champs, with some Great Support from a few of “Out of Town” Cars. The Cars were all looking their Best and each Driver defiantly bought their “A” game to Meeanee Speedway! There was a bit of Action in the 1st heat with the 126P car of Asher Rees having a tangle up with 72B Darren Melling But Nothing could stop the Flynn brothers dominating the race coming in 1st & 2nd. Race 2 saw the Trial of the American style restart which gave Mick Quin in the 23P car the advantage but unfortunately, he had Car issues which appeared to slow him down giving Mark Osborne in 16R the chance for the Win. The 3rd heat was Dominated by the 126P car while giving the crowd a bit of a Show with Flames appearing from the rear of the car for most of the race! Luckily, he could finish the race giving Asher his first checkered flag in his New Class. The final points gave Grant Flynn the Hawkes Bay Title closely followed by Mark Osbourne and his Brother Steve in 3rd. Great racing!
Production Saloons – Cheryl
Great Night Racing from the Production Saloons, Thanks to our 2 out of town Drivers making the Trip over, Mike Lovell from Whanganui and Peter Craddock from Hamilton. Peter came 2nd in the first race but failed to finish in the 2nd race as he hit the wall and Damaged his back wheel.
Well Done to Gregg Reddington Placing 1st in race 1 and Brett Reddington taking 1st in the 2nd race and Clap your Hands for Denton Hodgkinson who took out 1st Place in the third race to Win the Kevin Milne Memorial Cup.
Superstocks – Barry
The Palmerston North rainout on Saturday night was a benefit to our Superstock section, with seven P cars fronting, along with nine local B cars.
Driver of the night would have to be Andy McCabe (31P) after wins in Race 2 and the Feature race, plus 9th in Race 1.
He was all class in the Feature, after starting from Grid 9 and weaving his way through the traffic at pace.
Local driver, Quinn Ryan was the pick of the local lads with a win in Race 1, 4th in Race 2, and 3rd in the Feature, giving him a good 20 point lead in the Superstock points.
Track conditions were perfect for the first night, and fast racing was evident from this quality field.
It was great to see Joe Faram (4B) back in business, with some more laps needed to get back in the groove.
Wayne Talbot (23B) had a nasty experience of fire in his car after contact with Faram in the Feature race.
Hopefully the damage is not too serious and expensive to repair.
With the first night successfully concluded, the motivation should be there for the rest of the Hawkes Bay Superstocks to get their cars out on the track.