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Track: Napier
Date: Saturday 28 January 2006
Event: New Zealand Stockcar Championships

Reporting & pictures by Mike Pollard


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Napier - Saturday 28 January 2006
New Zealand Stockcar Championships
Reporting & pictures by Mike Pollard

Thirty or so drivers that took part in qualifying failed to make it for finals day, leaving us with just 115 x cars! Yes 144 x cars tried to qualify for the 26 x championship grid positions, which must make this one of the hardest to win stock-car events in the world.

Heat1
The weather looked threatening as the entire stadium rose for the national anthem, after which it was green for go as #54p Bevan Humphrey starts things off with #21s Josh Hancock in second, as the first casualty is #92p Brett Lloyd who gets taken up the wall at the back of the grid. #2nz Phillip Brisco shows in third before being passed by a quick looking #22w Richard Gaskin as #5k Brad Ridland struggles to keep away from the wall with a collapsed right rear end. #21s Hancock and #22w Gaskin hold each other up battling for second spot which allows #19p Kerry Humphrey and #11p Peter Rees to sneak through, as the reds go out to recover a stranded car. On the restart #15p Rob Miers fails to get going as #2nz Brisco retires to the centre green in a plume of smoke.

1.#54p Bevan Humphries 2.#11p Peter Rees 3.#19p Kerry Humphrey 4.#22w Richard Gaskin 5.#10s Jay Knight 6.#48r Ivan King

Heat2
One lap in and its close up front between #78s Shaun Bloeman #58m Stephen Hermansen and the sole home town qualifier #49b Mark Jones. At the back #19p is facing the wrong way as is #26s Blair Luscombe who is giving it the big thumbs down as he gets hit hard by #49b Jones on his way past, requiring the reds. On the restart #11p Peter Rees moves to the front ahead of #58m Hermansen, #68r Keith Spanhake and #16r Clive Pritchard while #18m Simon Carter gets blasted into the wall by #31p Gary Davis. #68r Spanhake moves ahead of #58m Hermansen to take second as #11p Rees motors on for the win with #58m Hermansen dropping down the lap charts late on.

1.#11p 2.#68r Keith Spanhake 3.#16r Clive Pritchard 4.#51w David Marshall 5.#56r Kevin Henry 6.#22w

Heat3
A check of the points shows #11p Rees a huge 7points ahead of #22w Gaskin with #19p Humphrey and #51w Dave Marshall a further point back. Such a lead for #11p Rees means that a half decent finish should be enough but also means that he is a marked man!
#68r Keith Spanhake leads them away ahead of #15p Rob Miers, #56r Kevin Henry and #22w Gaskin in fourth. #15p Miers takes the lead as he blasts #68r Spanhake into the wall. #68r Spanhake recovers well to rejoin in third before being hit again by a melee of cars, and finds himself being sent crashing into the wall again, only this time backwards, and this time requiring the reds. A quick stock-take shows #11p Rees moving ominously well through the field, before an allmighty hit from #48r Ivan King sees them both hurtling through the air in a cloud of dust which immediately brings out the reds again. But when the dust settles it's #48r King who is upside down, with #11p Rees facing the wrong way but still very mobile! Green flag, and straight away #11p Rees is being blocked and bashed by everybody without a "p" on their car. #11p Rees is sent into the wall again and recovers to rejoin right in front of new leader #19p Humphrey! Reds out again to recover the #68r Spanhake car which has cried enough after yet another battering. The first two heats were nothing compared to this as the reds are out for the umpteenth time, this time to recover the #15p Miers car which sits atop the wall and also to extinguish a car on fire at the opposite end of the track. Leader #19p Humphrey deals well with the blocking tactics of #49b Mark Jones and again hones in on the rear bumper of the almost lapped #11p Rees. Two laps to go, and a large section of the crowd have realised that #19p Kerry Humphrey will be the New Zealand champion if he can despatch #11p Rees to the wall. First the white and then the chequered for #19p Humphrey, but he's still right on the bumper of #11p Rees.
I dont know if #19p Humphrey didnt realise it, or maybe he didnt want to jeopardise his podium spot, but either way the hoped for lunge didnt materialise as #11p Rees came home a lap later in sixth position and became the stockcar champion of New Zealand.

1.#19p 2.#22w 3.#54p 4.#12h Blair Ashton 5.#32p George Frear 6.#11p

Run-off
3 points behind #11p Rees were #19p Kerry Humphrey and #22w Richard Gaskin tied for second and requiring a run off.
The green flag saw little movement as they both eased away from the line. #22w Gaskin slowly forced #19p Humphrey to the wall and held him there for a while before #19p Humphrey squirmed out of the block and looked to be on his way to victory until puncturing on one of the infamous Napier ruts allowing #22w Gaskin through. #19p Humphreys waited and tried to take out #22w Gaskin on his way past, but the game was up, leaving #22w Gaskin to become 2nz with #19p Humphrey having to settle for the #3nz jersey.

Superstocks

With the N.Z. champs just a week away it was no surprise to see just the locals battling for honours.
Star of the show was undoubtedly #77b Shane Penn who was sublime in the way he handled both the opposition and the track, and with the possible exception of #31b Andy McCabe looked to be in a different class to his fellow competitors.

Heat1
1.#31b Andy McCabe 2.#77b Shane Penn 3.#10b Brent Larsen 4.#65b John Hynd 5.#11b Nigel Cooper 6.#7b Shane Mellsop

Heat2
1.#77b 2.#31b 3.#10b 4.#7b 5.#5b Mike Groome 6.#11b

Heat3
1.#77b 2.#65b 3.#11b 4.#31b 5.#7b 6.#55b Tony True

A good nights racing with nothing else on the bill to get in the way of the stock-cars........ it was just like being back at home ...........then again, with so many cars out there.........perhaps not!

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