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Napier - Sunday 23 October 2005
Opening Meeting
Words and pictures Mike Pollard

 

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Napier - Opening Meeting - Sunday 23 October 2005

Words and pictures Mike Pollard

Its a holiday tomorrow with it being Labour day, and so its traditional to be at the ZM Meeanee Speedway, Napier, Hawkes Bay.

Its a fair way to Napier, especially with a Sunday at 6PM start time. Still, no worse than the trip to Wimbledon I thought, except that here the drive is far more pleasant, and as a bonus, the weather was fantastic!

Opening night, and another big crowd on hand to witness the action as yet again drivers came from far and wide. There were a number of travellers in the Saloon class as is usually the case with this division, but the TQ's had visitors from as far afield as Auckland, and #9c Phillipa Melrose together with #17c Ryan Stone had made it all the way from Christchurch!
I've only been here a few times, and for me the stand-out feature of the place is the track. It was race number 7 before the stockcars appeared, and by the time #44b Dave Hatton had done a lap the track was deeply rutted. In places it looked as if it had been ploughed, such were the furrows. The start of the 2nd lap for Dave, who turns into the corner just a little too early and ....... its a 9.6 for artistic impression as Dave completes a triple salco completely unaided! As a testament to the track we had 14 x dnf's in this one
Next up are the superstocks, with 8 x locals being joined by Peter Fleming and Craig Patrick from Rotorua together with Brett Hyslop from Palmerston North.

Heat 1
#65b John Hynd is first to show ahead of #11b Nigel Cooper and #9p Brett Hyslop.
1/2 way and its Nigel Cooper who takes up the running as #77b Shane Penn storms through the pack and into 2nd. Shane Penn reels in the leader and its close at the line, but Cooper holds on for the win.
1.#11b Nigel Cooper 2.#77b Shane Penn 3.#31b Andy McCabe 4.#9p Brett Hyslop 5.#7b Shane Melsop 6.#68r Peter Fleming

Heat 2
Green flag and its #77b Shane Penn who blasts away from the start line leaving #29b Paul Demanser to fight off #9p Brett Hyslop. Demanser gets forced to the infield by Hyslop but manages to rejoin in 5th. At the line Shane Penn wins by half a lap from Hyslop who managed to hold off a strong challenge from #11b Nigel Cooper.
1.#77b 2.#9p 3.#11b 4.#68r 5.#29b Paul Demanser 6.#55b Tony True

Feature
Fun and games early on at the back of the grid as #97R Craig Patrick and #6r Shane Melsop trade blows, but at the pointy end #77b Shane Penn continued to show his dominance in the silver bullet and with an impressive display of driving, conquered all challengers and the track to claim the honours.
1.#77b 2.#9p 3.#55b 4.#11b 5.#7b 6.#29b

It was perhaps a case of stock cars racing in the Superstocks, but this was more than made up for by the stock car racing in the stockcar class, with only 4 x cars managing to survive the evening!

Cars racing
Jnr Ministocks 31
Stockcars 24
3/4 Midgets 13
Superstocks 11
Saloons 11
Streetstocks 8
Dwarf Cars 8
Sidecars 3



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