Season Back On Track

A season of two halves burst back into life on April 9th with four Championships on the line.

Tony McIntosh Memorial Superstocks

Hawkeyes teamster 98b Quintin Butcher was on fire in the Tony McIntosh Memorial trophy taking the first two heat wins and settling in for a third in heat three knowing it would be good enough for the overall points. During his prizegiving speech Quintin said this was a special win as Tony had been a business partner of his father's many years back. Superstocks were quick on a fast track with half the field posting mid 17.5sec lap times.

Hawkes Bay Production Saloon Champs

Production Saloons were racing for their HB title thanks to Auto Super Shoppe Onekawa and the two favourites 22b Denton Hodgkinson and 48g Seth McKay didn't disappoint. It was McKay who dominated the first two heats by winning both and putting pressure on Hodgkinson who was starting front row to win the third.

Denton drove away from the field and all eyes were now on McKay who for a long time was pinned further back around fifth place tightening up the points battle. With three laps to go Seth found the groove and made some brilliant passes on the high line bringing the car home second in heat three and taking the title from the locals. Hodgkinson was second and 979b William Bayliss had a solid night for third on the podium.

Hawkes Bay Ministock Champs

The 007 Paintball HB Ministock title was an incredibly hard fought championship and it was good to see so many out of town Cars featuring prominently. The 2 groups had two qualifying races where the top ten transferred straight to the 15 lap final and the rest to a repercharge where only the top 4 progressed.

The final has to be one of the best Ministock races seen at Meeanee. The early laps were dominated by two of the visitors 85h Kacey Wade and 88r Cohen Wright. 14b Rynan Dittmar lit up the Grandstands when he decided to drive high up the race track and found the grip shooting him to the front and what was looking like a possible championship. 72b Bailey Smith a pre-meeting favourite for the title was lurking back there in fourth still well in contention.

The race was building to a climax when on lap 10 the Reds came on for a parked car and the top 5 were separated by mere inches in front of the starters stand. At the restart Dittmar was swamped and Smith had found the high line to battle to the front but 88r Cohen wright wasn't about to give up and a titanic race developed between him and Smith. 72b Smith was eventually able to get a gap using lapped traffic and drove away for the HB title from 88r Cohen Wright and 14b Rynan Dittmar on the podium third. Rynan also picked up the Driver of the Night award.

Hawkes Bay Stockcar Champs

The Bedpost HB Stockar Championship had everything! Drama, Rollovers, hard hits, mechanical issues and clubmates helping clubmates. 16b Brett Loveridge was the 2 time defending champion looking for third straight title win. His defense lasted just a few laps of heat one as a cut right-rear put payed to Brett’s chances and turned him from contender to spoiler.

Heat 1 was huge win for 305b Noah Severinson who looked smooth and fast totally dominating the race from the start. It was clear early in race 2 Severinson was going to receive attention as Loveridge went into block mode and lap after lap held up the 305b destroying his chances of the title. It wasn't until 306b Eli Severinson put a huge hit on Loveridge that Noah was able to get away.

The tension ramped up even more when 78b of Gibson Tout was rolled on turn 4 pinning his left front Bumper corner inside the wheel area of 271b Ethan McLachlan which created a dilemma for the recovery crews who took over 20 minutes to separate them. At the restart 65b Hynd had emerged as a title contender winning heat 2 and going top on points but this is when the drama started as it became clear Royden had an issue as he crossed the line and had to take his victory lap on the back of Stacey Smiths car.

Word from the pits was Hynd had suffered a blown clutch and was out. Then word came back he was in and going to attempt to race. The rules state a car must come out the pit gate under its own power and eventually the 65b emerged and took his place on the grid. Brett Loveridge a row behind parked his bumper up against Hynds so it was immediately clear he was going to help the 65b car off the start. 68b Ben Darroch was in contention for the title just a couple of points back but had work to do through the field.

At the green Hynd got off the line and was up to speed. The hits were coming thick and hard and both Darroch and 4b Courtney Hatton were gaining places. Then it happened, Hynd had spun and we thought the title was gone for the second time but Royden had managed to keep the car running, pointed it the right way and was back in the race. The points couldn't have been any tighter and as the cars crossed the line the provisional results were showing a run off for Hynd and Darroch.

The word coming from the Refs box was they were looking at the 68b of Darroch for a possible pole line infringement and he was ultimately penalized two positions handing Royden his first HB Stockcar crown from Ben Darroch and a popular third place for 4b Courtney Hatton. It was a brilliant championship with everything you want to see from a contact class and again a thank you to BEDPOST for the event sponsorship. 16b Brett Loveridge was a deserved winner of the Kiwi Motorsport Media $250 stirrers money.

We now focus on our traditional two day Easter Champs coming up this Friday/Saturday

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