An All Action Final Meeting of the 2021 Season
1st 11B Matthew Titter, 2nd 98B Quintin Butcher, 3rd 2NZ Jason Long, 4th 87B Thomas Stanaway, 5th 24B James Tollison, 6th 9B Adam Groome
1st 2NZ, 2nd 98B, 3rd 87B
1st 2NZ, 2nd 87B, 3rd 98B, 4th 9B, 5th 24B, 6th 81B Sam Bartholomew
1st 2NZ, 2nd 98B Randal Tarrant, 3rd 86B Regan O’Brien, 4th 9B, 5th 24B, 6th 606 Rhys Wheatley
Race Report by Barry
Superstocks fronted with local 13 cars, with no visitors in attendance this time.
Though notable, was the appearance of 338R which was purchased from Russell Hunter in Rotorua by local ex Motorcross rider Boe Simpson on Saturday, and brought straight back to Meeanee Speedway in time to race last night – that is keenness personified.
Another new car appearing for another ex Motorcross rider, Rhys Wheatley was the 606B car purchased recently from Stephen Flower as 63R.
As new drivers to Speedway, both cars started from rear grids all night as is customary.
For their first race, the track was wet and slick, with cars having trouble finding traction. Not so, for 11B Mathew Titter who started off grid 2 and took off to the lead, unchallenged all the way to the flag. 2nd was 98B Quintin Butcher who started off pole, and 3rd was 2NZ Jason Long who started off grid 8. Long only just made the race in time, fresh back from his Club rugby match. He also posted the fastest lap time of 17.7122 seconds on lap 8 of 10..
Race 2 had 81B Sam Bartholomew off pole and Long right behind in grid 3. Long powered through to take the lead and the win. He set fastest lap of 17.4956 seconds on lap 7. 2nd again was 98B Quintin Butcher who started off grid 7 this time, with 87B Thomas Stanaway the big mover, starting off grid 11 and finishing 3rd.
Race 3 was the Feature, and 13 cars were still running. 29B Matt Demanser started off pole, but the flying 2NZ of Jason Long was soon through to the lead after starting off grid 5, to take win number 2. 2nd was 87B Thomas Stanaway, who set fastest lap of 17.4351 seconds on lap 8. 3rd was consistent 98B Quintin Butcher showing good driving skills after starting off grid 10.
Race 4 was an extra race, with 10 cars starting this time, and fastest cars off the back.
The top fastest cars were, 2NZ Jason Long, 87B Thomas Stanaway, and 98B driven this time by Randal Tarrant. Tarrant started off grid 7, with Long right behind. Stanaway had grid 8, alongside Tarrant. Unfortunately, the track had been watered before this race and was wet and slippery. The lights turned green and 10 cars hit the first corner with most sliding wide, including Stanaway who received a right front punctured tyre in the melee. However, Tarrant driving the 98B car, held his inside line on the corner, with Long right behind and chasing. Tarrant then drove a perfect race for the next 9 laps with Long trying valiantly to catch the flying 98B car. On the last corner Tarrant was baulked by the slower 81B car of Sam Bartholomew and Long saw his chance and passed Tarrant as they crossed the finish line together just inches apart. A thrilling spectacle from these two classy cars and drivers.
As this was the final race meeting, the Top Points for Superstocks ended as: 1st 87B Thomas Stanaway 124, 2nd 2NZ Jason Long 104, 3rd 46B Quinn Ryan 75.
Feature Points ended as: 1st 87B Thomas Stanaway 40, 2nd 46B Quinn Ryan 28, 3rd 2NZ Jason Long 26.
A good season overall, with Jason Long winning 2NZ for the second time.
The 2021/22 season is looking promising, with some new drivers and new cars expected to swell the Superstock ranks. Enjoy the winter rebuild months ahead.