The Masters and Certainly some “Legends” took Centre Stage at Meeanee last night…
1st 58P Peter Benston
2nd 351R Paul Vasey
3rd 72P Simon Joblin
4th 23R Lance Ashton
5th 31P Andy McCabe
Race Report by Barry…
Superstocks produced hard and fast racing on a good track surface that stayed consistent all night. Two main events, with the newly inaugurated Masters Over 40’s – 21 cars, and the HB Champs for the “young ones”
The Masters event featuring all visitors, with some legendary names among them, started their first race in a rather unique way, with the oldest current competitor starting off grid one (age 72) and progressing to the last grid 21 at age 40, with races 2 and 3 reverting to the normal formula of middle grid and reverse of 1st race grid.
In race 1, 65R Pat Westbury (cannot reveal his age) started off Grid 2 and took off in a flyer all the way to the flag. 56V Kerry Podjursky in his Tank started off Grid 3 and followed Westbury through to collect second place. Third place was taken by 351R Paul Vazey after a good drive through from Grid 9. Fastest mover was 72P Simon Joblin who started off Grid 21 to finish 8th and recorded the fastest lap time of 18.0270 seconds on lap 12 – last lap..
Race 2 again favoured the front grid cars with 19M Kerry Remnant off Grid 2 taking off to the lead all the way to the flag, followed by 23R Lance Ashton off Grid 3 for second. Third place went to 58P Peter Bengston after starting from Grid 5, and setting the fastest lap time of 17.7562 seconds on lap 8. Fourth place went to the 56V Kerry Podursky and fifth was 72P Simon Joblin, and collecting valuable points.
Race 3 started with Remnant and Podursky on 48 points, Bengston on 47, Westbury on 46, Ashton on 45, Vazey on 43 and Joblin on 41, so it was game on. 72P Simon Joblin started off pole and powered through for the lead which he held to race end, and again recorded fastest lap time, at 17.9078 seconds on lap 9 of 12. His score in this race was 26 points. (total 67 – 3rd in Masters)
Second place went to 351R Paul Vazey after starting off Grid 4 to score 25 points (total 68 – 2nd in Masters), with 9P Brett Hislop starting off Grid 3 finishing third. 58P Peter Bengston finished 4th to score 23 points (total 70) to win the title.
Fourth place in the Masters event was 23R Lance Ashton with 63 pojnts, and 5th was 31P Andy McCabe on 56 points. A very classy act from all these veteran racers.
SUPERSTOCKS – Hawkes Bay Champs
1st 87B Thomas Stanaway
2nd 47B Zach Glenny
3rd 41B Jason Long
Race Report by Barry….
The HB Superstock Champs saw the young drivers (under 40) also producing a classy act with speed the dominating factor, and our local lads producing the goods to take all three podium spots. Great to see Mike McLachlan back in action with a Tank and spinning fast laps in his three races.
Race 1 saw 41B Jason Long starting off Grid 4 power through exiting turn 2 to take the lead right to the flag, with 46B Quinn Ryan off Grid 1 following Long to race end for second. Ryan also recorded fastest lap of 17.7240 seconds on lap 12. Third was taken by 28P Elias Dykstra in brother Ricky’s car.
Race 2 saw 87B Thomas Stanaway starting off Grid 3 power past 59P Stephen Penn off pole to take the lead through to the flag. Second was 46B Quinn Ryan after starting from Grid 8 also showing pace, with 41B Jason Long third after starting off Grid 11 really flying, to record fastest lap of 17.8816 seconds on lap 12.
With race 3 due to start, the contenders were, Long and Ryan on 50 points, Stanaway with 48 points, Elias Dykstra with 47 points, Zach Glenny with 43 points and 8B Clayton Hagen with 41 points.
At flag drop, 47B Zach Glenny starting from Grid 2, took off and was never headed until the end of race, and score much needed 26 points (total 69 points – 2nd in HB Champs). Second was 8B Clayton Hagen after startng off Grid 6 to score 25 points, and third was 87B Thomas Stanaway scoring 24 points, and the title with a total of 72 points. Tied for third place was 41B Jason Long and 28P Elias Dykstra, with both on 67 points.
The obligatory Run-off saw a cat and mouse first lap until Dykstra tried to spin Long at the start/finish line but overshot and spun himself. Long took off and ran for the finish with Dykstra vainly trying to catch him.
However, a highlight for the night was the first-ever win by 47B Zach Glenny, who took the checked flag around the track, and also scored his first podium placing. He was the happiest young man of the night at Meeanee Speedway – good work Zach after a frustrating season.
Streetstocks – East Coast Champs
1st 16B Ben Yeoman
2nd Shaun Kingi
3rd 46B Brent Redington
Full Results and Reports to Follow…..