Maulers Take Tri-Series

Meeanee has been blessed with some great weather since the season resumed and it was fitting a large crowd were there to see the send off for fallen racer 59p Stephen Penn. A short speech was read out before having a minutes silence followed by a lap of salute from all the drivers. The 50/50 raffle was able to raise over $1200 for the Penn family and we thank you for donating.

The Gisborne Gladiators were in town to take on the two Hawkes Bay Stockcar teams, the Maulers and Orange Roughies, in the Tri-Series.

The Maulers won the toss against Gisborne and took pole. With 91b Zane Pullan running fast laps out front and both 19b Caleb Ireland and 16b Brett Loveridge putting in some impressive block moves, it was an uphill battle for the Gladiators eventually going down to the Maulers 120-75.

Round two and it was the Maulers verses the Roughies. Maulers were again on pole after the Roughies decided to take the outside. 65b Royden Hynd stormed off to take the win and even though the Orange Roughies threw everything they could at the Maulers team they went down 120-75.

The third round and it was still possible for both the Gladiators or Roughies to leap frog over the Maulers in points. Both teams were immediately on the attack producing a brilliant teams race with the Gladiators 71g car of Ethan Bruce winning and the Gisborne team scoring 130-65 over the Roughies.

Maulers won the Tri-Series and $500 cash prize thanks to Caffeine & Chills with 240 points from Gisborne on 205, Roughies 150. It was a great shakedown for the 3 teams and we look forward to the Maulers defending the Peter Barry Memorial Stockcar Teams in just under two weeks time.

The Derby drivers contested a $100 Streetcar race mid-meeting with the 18w of Darren McKay scoring the cash. The 28 car Demolition Derby was brilliant to watch and the drivers didn't hold back. The big crowd were there for every lap and eventually it was the 41 of Bevan Healy who walked away with the fat $500 envelope.

A quality field of Saloon cars showcased their skills in the MAG & TYRE WAREHOUSE Hawkes Bay Championship. The Cook boys from Gisborne had already dominated the East Coast title over Easter and were hungry for more success on a track they love.

Heat one was a win for 77g Dan Cook from the impressive 16g of Sean Robertson and 76g Ethan Cook third from the back grids. A mid-race incident had taken out the 41b car of Brown, 27p Smith and 42m Amrein. Heat two and it was 76g Ethan Cook leading flag to flag from pole over Amrein and 77g Dan Cook who battled from the rear grids due to the reverse marble draw format.

This set up the winner takes all 15-lap final, with the front row being a shutout for the Cook boys and Dan on pole by way of having a quicker lap time during the heats.

76g Ethan got the jump and was on the gas hard but Dan was only a car length behind and pushing hard. 42m Amrein had worked his way through to third. Dan's pressure on Ethan finally paid off late in the race when the 76g made a mistake on road bend allowing the 77g to slip by and eventually go onto take the title. Ethan recovered to finish runner up with Amrein third after a great drive through the field.

22b Production Saloon Denton Hodgkinson had done some engine improvements during the week and went on to totally dominate all three races by huge margins including a storming win from the back of the grid in race two.

Streetstocks put on a show with some sparks flying fence scraping moves. 46b Brent Reddington was about to make his challenge in heat one when a blown gearbox put him out for the night. 72b Darren Melling won this race by a massive 7.3sec margin.

7b Al Howatson was showing impressive pace and car control to snatch the win in heat two from Melling and the Sheriff 65b Dave Brand third. Heat three and Howatson was at it again leading the feature and looking certain for the win until spinning himself out of contention and handing the win to Melling from Brand second and David Adams 87b third.

The Stockcar consolation heats were dominated by the Mooneys from Wanganui - 26v Kaelin taking the race 1 victory in front of 6v Dion and 94b Justin White third. Heat two was another 1-2 finish but this time it was 6v Dion Mooney grabbing the win from Kaelin and 42b Lauren Swift third. Lauren is starting to put together some great drives and could be one to watch out for next season.

The feature race had a ton of bumper and side rail action going on especially from 21b Josh Swannell. Racing into the final bend 26v Kaelin was again in the lead but was attacked hard by two HB cars who took him out to the fence. Mooney was bouncing off anyone and everything but kept his foot hard on the gas pedal to somehow manage to squeeze through a gap that surely wasn't there, stealing the win by the narrowest 0.136 margin from the hard driving 85b of Willy Stevenson and 10v Caleb Gosney third.

The engine roar of Superstocks is an incredible sound and the heat races produced three different winners. 98b Quintin Butcher stormed off for the win in the opening race from 99b Jacob Buckrell and the entertaining hard-charger Jason Jones 81g in third.

Heat two and Zach Glenny was having a good night in the 47b car. Butcher was once again leader but got caught out by lapped traffic off the last bend where as Glenny had read it perfectly to weave his way through and steal the win from Butcher, rookie Buckrell again top 3 after having to drive back through the field.

The feature race lined up on the grid and at the drop of the green Buckrell drove a smart race showing he is learning quickly. Anxious race crew and family watched from the sideline as the laps went by but Jacob was in control of this race, using his bumper to move cars over and lappers out of the way to take his debut win in the class and finish top 3 in all heats. The 99b will be one to watch out for next season as he has a fast flowing style and getting better with every race.

Another awesome night of Speedway on a fantastic race surface, and we look forward now to our open-wheel night this Saturday May 7th with a 4PM START TIME.

The superstars of Midgets, Michael Pickens and Brad Mosen will be in town along with TQ star and multiple NZ Champion Jeremy Webb up from Christchurch to take on 46a Aaron Humble and 6b Duane Todd in what is shaping up to be a 28-car lineup.

it will be guaranteed we will see some of the fastest lap times of the season. It's not one you want to miss.

Mike Wilson

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