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,
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
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.
#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
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
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!
Jnr Ministocks 31
3/4 Midgets 13
Dwarf Cars 8