BJ’s BAKERY & CAFE AUTUMN NATIONALS CHAMPION 2021 –
2nd 89W Dale Robertson
3rd 87B Thomas Stanaway
4th 2NZ Jason Jong
5th 46B Quinn Ryan
Race Report by Barry
32 cars entered the BJ’s Bakery Superstocks Autumn Nationals and 31 cars checked in for racing. The night was cold but the racing was hot and fast, with a great track surface, and no bumps.
In the qualifying heats, Group 1 had 16 starters, with two fast heat races seeing drivers racing for placings and points. The five qualifiers for the Shootout, from Race 1 were 46B Quinn Ryan, 29 points, 89W Dale Robertson 28, 47B Zach Glenny 27, 62P Adam Joblin 26, 11B Mathew Titter 26.
Group 2 had 15 starters, with their two heats also producing fast low contact racing, with qualifying also in their sights. The five qualifiers in this Group were 2NZ Jason Long 31 points, 87B Thomas Stanaway 28, 72P Simon Joblin 25, 85S Brad Uhlenberg 23, 9B Adam Groome 20.
Next up was the 10 car Shootout over two laps, which produced a different style of racing.
This was mainly cat and mouse hedging until one car either spun or blocked the other, with one then flying and the other chasing.
The varying contact resulted in Adam Groome being rolled at the start line by 85S Brad Uhlenberg, and 72P Simon Joblin and 46B Quinn Ryan receiving punctured front tyres.
After the Shootout, 62P Adam Joblin had started 6th and gained one place. 89W Dale Robertson gained two places after starting 4th and finishing 2nd. The last runoff against top points scorer 2NZ Jason Long resulted in a win to Long after another crafty hedging, and run to the line.
The first 10 grid spots were then decided, with the rest determined by points won during their two qualifying races. 26 cars plus 3 Consolation (only) cars faced the Starter for the Finals 20 lap race. 2NZ Jason Long had pole and took off, with 89W Dale Robertson off grid 2, 46B Quinn Ryan off grid 3 and 87B Thomas Stanaway off grid 4 all in hot pursuit. The flying Long lead for most of the race until encountering a blocking 94P William Humphries, who slowed Long and Ryan enough to allow 89W Dale Robertson to slip through. However, in the second to last lap one charger appeared in the form of 28S Blair Uhlenberg who shot through to claim the win. Uhlenberg had started off grid 11. Fastest lap in the Finals race was posted by 89W Dale Robertson at 17.4305 seconds on lap 8.
A great night’s racing and entertaining to watch – hot and fast with some dust to contend with. Thanks to all the visitors who travelled to make this a memorable event. Also thanks to James and BJ’s Bakery who sponsored this event with a generous amount of money and support.
Our last meeting of the season is next Saturday 8th May, where Superstocks will be racing for Club points and honours.
2021 East Coast Streetstock Champion –
2nd 46B Brent Redington
3rd 7B Shane Malcolm
1st 72B Darren Melling 2nd 65B David Brand 3rd 46B Brent Redington 4th 7B Shane Malcolm 5th 95B Tim Towler 6th 87B David Adams
1st 7B 2nd 72B 3rd 95B 4th 23B Nigel Potter 5th 46B 6th 87B
1st 46B 2nd 87B 3rd 65B 4th 7B 5th 72B 6th 95B
Stockcar BEST PAIRS
1st 85B Willy Stevenson & 74B Tony Palmer
2nd 9B Stacey Smith & 14B Jemma Palmer
3rd 41B Cameron Swift & 6B Darren Clark
1st 16B Brett Loveridge 2nd 115b Grant Hollyman 3rd 85B Willy Stevenson 4th 41B Cameron Swift 5th 65B Roydon Hynd 6th 21B Josh Swannell
1st 41B 2nd 56B Cameron Taylor 3rd 85B 4th 305B Noah Severinsen 5th 17B Brandon Munro
6th 9B Stacey Smith
1st 56B 2nd 85B 3rd 41B 4th 9B 5th 91B Zayne Pullen 6th 14B Jemma Palmer
Ministock Best Pairs
1st 61B Henry Steel & 7W Thomas Davis
2nd 18B Jeremy Browne & 98B Deegan Butcher
3rd 94B Cameron Houston & 78B Blake Barraclough
1st 95B Monique Houston & 88B Memphis Trengrove
2nd 87B Kennedy Browne & 29B Jacob Martin
3rd 201B Amaedia Byford & 67B Neeve Smith