Peter Barry Teams This Weekend

It's a double dose of action this weekend with the 11th staging of the Peter Barry Memorial Stockcar Teams Championship on Friday 13th and Saturday 14th May.

First held in 2010, the event suffered from rain in 2013 and 2018 when the finals night couldn't be completed, and last season Covid managed to beat everyone.

Hawkes Bay's very own two-time winners the mighty Meeanee Maulers start the defense of the title in Friday's qualifying.

2022 Teams
Auckland Alleycats
Gisborne Gladiators
Kihikihi Kings
Meeanee Maulers
Orange Roughies
Palmerston North Pumas
Stratford Stormers
Waikato Raiders
Previous Winners
2021 Meeanee Maulers
2020 Covid cancelled
2019 Auckland Alleycats
2018 Not completed
2017 Rotorua Rascals
2016 Rotorua Rascals
2015 Wanganui Vulcans
2014 Meeanee Maulers
2013 Not held
2012 Palmerston North Pumas
2011 Palmerston North Pumas
2010 Waikato Raiders

Stockcar teams is all about strategy, with usually one or two drivers picked to run fast laps with the other two team members blocking and trying to protect the runners.

Only the top five cars across the line score points 1st-100, 2nd-40, 3rd-25, 4th-20, 5th-10 which means it's vital to get your team across the line for the major share of them.

The Maulers recently won the tri-series here at Meeanee with some excellent team work over the Orange Roughies and Gisborne Gladiators, and will most certainly be one of the favorites on qualifying night.

The drivers for the two Hawkes Bay teams are:

Meeanee Maulers
16b Brett Loveridge
19b Caleb Ireland
41b Cameron Swift
65b Royden Hynd
91b Zayne Pullan
Reserve: Stacey Smith
Orange Roughies
14b Jemma Holloway
46b Brett Kelly
78b Gibson Tout
81b Darren Yaxley
85b Willy Stevenson
Reserve: Jordan Adie

The Ministock kids will also be racing on Friday night to showcase their skills, and i'm sure many of them will be dreaming of competing in a teams event some day.

On Saturday the top four teams will be going head to head in two semi-finals, with the winners progressing to the final. There are no points scored for semi's or finals, as it is all about the first car across the line that wins it for their team. There are no second chances on night two, and the hits are going to be HUGE.

Also racing Saturday will be Superstocks, Stockcar consolations and Streetstocks.

Racing starts at the earlier time of 4pm, admission prices are Adults $25, Children $10 and Family $60.

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