SUPERSTOCKS – AUTUMN NATIONALS
1st 41B Jason Long
2nd 46B Quinn Ryan
3rd 86B Marty Cooke
STOCKCARS – KURU CUP
1st 5W Josh Prentice
2nd 76B Ben Milne
3rd 96B Brandon Symes
1st 84 Cole McLachlan
Stirrers- Beatle Tarrant / Brook Singer
Heat One – 1st 41B Jason Long, 2nd 136B Maddie Wise, 3rd 86B Marty Cooke, 4th 81B Sam Bartholomew, 5th 97R Pat Westbury, 6th 46B Quinn Ryan
Heat Two – 1st 46B, 2nd 136B, 3rd 86b, 4th 41B, 5th 97R, 6th 47B Zach Glenny
Heat Three – 1st 46B, 2nd 41B, 3rd 86B, 4th 97R, 5th 64R Jeremy Sinclair, 6th 47B
Race Report by Barry
The Superstocks Motorworks sponsored Autumn Nationals was expected to be the finishing highlight of the current 2017/18 racing season.
However, the rain affected race meeting saw the original entry list of 26 cars reduce to 11 on the night, with only two visitors from Rotorua prepared to take on our 9 locals for this title event.
Race 1 (event 9) saw the starters face a wet track surface, with 81B Sam Bartholomew starting from grid 2 getting a good start to take the lead for the first half of the race until being caught and passed by 41B Jason Long who started from grid 3 behind veteran visitor 97R Pat Westbury, to storm through for the win.
Drive of the race saw 136B Maddie Wise starting from grid 10 work his way through the field to take second place, and fastest lap 18.41 seconds, followed by 86B Marty Cooke for third after starting from grid 8.
Race 2 (event 15) saw the field reduced to 9 cars racing on a drier and faster racing surface. 46B Quinn Ryan started from grid 6 and worked his way to the front for a good win and recording fastest lap of 17.81 seconds on lap 8. Second again was 136B Maddie Wise who started from grid 5, followed again by 86B Marty Cooke for third.
As Race 3 (event 22) was due to start, drizzle rain started to fall, and Officials were contemplating cancelling the race.
However, they agreed to allow the 9 starters to circulate for two laps behind the start car to check out track conditions before agreeing to go racing.
46B Quinn Ryan started off pole and took off at speed, but a hard charging 41B Jason Long shot through the pack from grid 6 to take the lead, with 86B Marty Cooke also starting at speed to follow the two front runners. These three opened a gap to the rest of the pack who were having trouble navigating in the slippery conditions.
As Ryan settled into race mode he retook the lead from Long exiting the pit corner to take the flag, with Long in second and Cooke in third place. Ryan recorded fastest lap of 20.08 seconds on the last lap.
As the race was nearing conclusion, 52B driven by Regan O’Brien’s daughter Dominique, spun against the wall in the pit corner, with 97R Pat Westbury and then 136B Maddie Wise sliding wide and piling into O’Brien’s car, resulting in Wise being slow getting to the finishing line before the orange lights activated and giving him a disappointing DNF.
After the three races, first place was awarded to 41B Jason Long on 29 points, second was 46B Quinn Ryan on 28 points and third was 86B Marty Cooke on 27 points.
With Club Points at stake for this final meeting, the finishing order was: Overall points; 1st 46B Quinn Ryan 133 points, 2nd 41B Jason Long 90 points, 3rd 87B Thomas Stanaway 70 points.
Feature points: 1st 46B Quinn Ryan 44 points, 2nd equal 41B Jason Long & 86B Marty Cooke 26 points.
Heat One – 1st 5B Regan Penn, 2nd 76B Ben Milne, 3rd 5W Josh Prentice, 4th 41B Cameron Swift, 5th 261B Ethan Anderson, 6th 94B Justin White
Heat Two – 1st 96B Brandon Symes, 2nd 76B, 3rd 5w, 4th 94B, 5th 5B, 6th 74B Tony Palmer
Heat Three – 1st 5W, 2nd 96B, 3rd 74B, 4th 94B, 5th 76B, 6th 9B Stacey Smith
Race One – 1st 35A Cieran Rose, 2nd 5G Dylan MacGregor, 3rd 87B Michael Gurnett, 4th 32A Saul Smith, 5th 76B Doug Morris, 6th 47B David Wilson
Race Two – 1st 6B Duane Todd, 2nd 5Gm, 3rd 32B Kris Gillies, 4th 74G Ryan MacGregor, 5th 35A, 6th 87B
Race Three – 1st 5G, 2nd 35A, 3rd 6B, 4th 87B, 5th 74G, 6th 32A
Race One – 1st 27B Josh Smith, 2nd 29B Steven Martin, 3rd 7B Shane Laking, 4th 72B Darren Melling, 5th 33B Chace Rodda, 6th 14B George Hildred
Race Two – 1st 27B, 2nd 33B, 3rd 7B, 4th 14B
Race Three – 1st 27B, 2nd 7B, 3rd 33B, 4th 14B, 5th 72BProduction Saloons
Race One – 1st 34G Lloyd Stuart, 2nd 77b Taylor Emerson, 3rd 19B Brendon Zachan, 4th 38B Brent Hackett, 5th 96B Tanga Walsh, 6th 22B Denton Hodgkinson
Race Two – 1st 17G Anton McKay, 2nd 22B, 3rd 38B, 4th 34G, 5th 96B, 6th 77B
Race Three – 1st 22B, 2nd 62V John Morrision, 3rd 17G, 4th 27B Gregg Redington, 5th 46B Brett Redington, 6th 77B
Race One -A – 1st 17B Troy Devery / Philip Winter, 2nd 87B Regan Feck / Martijn Domper, 3rd 51B Kim Johnston / Kerry Johnston
B – 1st 21B Andrew McNamara / George Olsen, 2nd 12B Daniel Satherly / Cole Peterson, 3rd 44B Dean Harris / Jim Orchard
Race Two – A – 1st 51B, 2nd 87B, 3rd 44B
B – 1st 21B, 2nd 17B, 3rd 12B
Race Three – 1st 87B, 2nd 12B, 3rd 44B
B – 1st 21B, 2nd 51B
Ministocks (HB Champs Abandoned Unable to Complete Due to Rain)
Heat One – 1st 97B Marshal Zachan, 2nd 14B Courtney Hatton, 3rd 35B Braydon Munro, 4th 78B Blake Barraclough, 5th 88B Karlin Painter-Dudley, 6th 72B Bailey Smith
Heat Two – 1st 72B, 2nd 12B Ryan Dorward, 3rd 4B Zach Hatton, 4th 42B Lauren Swift, 5th 27B Bailey Warner, 6th 16B Hamish McEwan
Heat Three – 1st 26B Thomas McEwan, 2nd 12B, 3rd 97B, 4th 9B Trent McCann, 5th 88B, 6th 78B
Heat Four *Abandoned – Places after Two Laps- 1st 9B, 2nd 81B Keegan Bunce, 3rd 14B, 4th 16B, 5th 6B Tylar Flynn, 6th 26B