Napier - 13 January 2007
Hawke's Bay Stockcar Championship
Pictures & reporting by Mike Pollard
Hawke's Bay Stockcar Championship
A posse of 6 x visiting drivers joined the locals on the track that's too tough to tame,
in an attempt to take the Hawke's Bay Stockcar Championship Trophy to Palmerston North.
It was immediately looking good for the visitors as #92p Brett Lloyd got the better of
#52b Regan O'Brien and started to open up a gap while #14b George Hildred was being sent
up the wall at the back of the grid. #52b O'Brien was getting in the groove and taking
huge chunks out of the lead of #92p Lloyd, and opening a large gap on #31p Gary Davis who
had worked his way up into third, before being drilled into the wall by #48b richard
mclachlan. As the rain, which had threatened all day, started to fall it was a neck and
neck photo finish at the line.
1.#92p Brett Lloyd 2.#52b Regan O'Brien 3.#7b Keith Higston 4.#5b Mike Smith 5.#32p George
Frear 6.#49p Stephen Blackley
#5b Mike Smith leads the pack across the start/finish line for the first time as a roar
from the crowd draws my attention to a huge shunt in turn 4, as #78p Tomo Hurunui, #7b
Keith Hingston and #99p Scott McIntosh are all embeded in the fence as the reds come out.
I was at first surprised as the track staff all headed for the back straight, where I then
noticed the two top visitors #92p Brett Lloyd and #32p Frear lying on their roofs! On the
green, #31p Davis worked hard and made up most of the ground on #5b Smith, before being
spun. #14b Hildred was being walled again, this time by #99p McIntosh. Despite huge
pressure from the likes of #28b Jason Palamountain, #74b Tony Palmer and #86b Marty Cooke,
#5b Smith fought on bravely at the front for a well deserved victory, as #92b Pat Roche
was rolled on the line.
1.#5b 2.#74b Tony Palmer 3.#28b Jason Palamountain 4.#86b Marty Cooke 5.#52b 6.#44b Troy
Going into the last #5b Smith holds a 2 x point advantage over #52b O'Brien.
#52b O'Brien was quickly to the front, but just as quickly found himself locking horns
with #84b McClachlan, with #84b McClachlan seeking temporary refuge on the grass. Half the
field of Napier drivers were circulating slowly and looking to launch themselves at
anything with a "p" on the side. #99p McIntosh was bucking the trend, by walling
a Napier car, with #78b Nicholas Powell taking a huge hit and requiring the reds. Drama
soon after, as #84b McClachlan found the #5b Mike Smith car half perched on his own and
half perched on the wall, and then proceeded to drive a quarter lap with the #5b Smith car
being taken for a ride along the top of the wall, before a fence post halted his progress.
With the #5b Smith car falling back on to the track, the reds came out, with #5b Smith
unfortunately requiring attention from the medics and leaving the track in an ambulance.
#52b O'Brien was in the thick of the action and suffered a flat on the now well rutted
surface, before starting to drop down the order. In truth there was so much action it was
hard to know where to look. The reds came out for one last time, as #84b McClachlan put
yet another car into the wall. This time #74b Palmer being the unfortunate victim. Through
the chaos it was #28b Palamountain who found himself at the front when the chequered was
waved, with #52b O'Briens fourth place being enough for overall victory.
1.#28b 2.#86b 3.#34b Kevin Jensen 4.#52b 5.#49p 6.#78p Tomo Hurunui
1.#52b 2.#28b 3.#86b
The locals were joined by UK #231 Mark Peters who was borrowing the #59b Wally True car
for the evening in preparation for his drive in the World 240.
On his first ever visit to New Zealand, and the first time in a Kiwi car, #59b Mark Peters
set out on his very first lap, and after the first corner found himself in first position!
The lead was short lived however, as #65b John Hynd spun #59b Peters as they went down the
very slippy back straight. #65b Hynd quickly opened a gap over #33b Murray Long and #26b
Brent Watterson with #59b Peters rejoining in fourth. #33b long put in a sterling drive
and managed to get on level terms with #65b Hynd before taking the lead as the white flag
came out. #65b Hynd wasn't done however and re-took the lead on the last bend with a deft
nudge of the bumper. #59b Peters had shown good form and was up to third by race end.
1.#65b John Hynd 2.#33b Murray Long 3.#59b Mark Peters 4.#7b Shane Mellsop 5.#26b Brent
Watterson 6.#6b Mike Groome
#65b Hynd and #59b Peters were quickly to the front, whilst at the rear, #7b Mellsop was
climbing over the bonnet of #13b Marty Brandt, with #13b Brandt later retiring in
expensive looking smoke. #59b Peters just couldn't quite get on the back bumper of #65b
Hynd but managed put a huge distance on #26b Watterson, who was overtaken late in the race
by #7b Mellsop.
1.#65b 2.#59b Peters 3.#7b 4.#26b 5.#6b 6.#33b
Lots of changes behind the wheel for this one as #6b Groome and #7b Brendon Rowlands were
the first to challenge for the lead, with #7b Rowlands coming out on top and moving ahead
of #65b Paul Demanser and #59b Peters. #65b Demanser spun, leaving #59b Peters and #33b
Murray long to fight for second place as they started to lose ground to #7b Rowlands. #59b
Peters retired to the grass, albeit temporarily, and then carried on as if nothing had
happened, losing ground in the process. #81b who was making his first appearance of the
night, was running toward the rear of the grid, and found himself spun and stranded on the
exit of turn four. The driver fired the car up, engaged reverse and safely made a quick
dash for the grass, except that the car then inexplicably burst into a huge fireball. The
guy then started to move forward, which made life difficult for the fire crew, who managed
to deal with what could have been a very nasty incident.
1.#7b Brendon Rowlands 2.#33b 3.#65b Paul Demanser 4.#6b 5.#59b Peters 6.#nof
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Kiwi-Lites 7 (fomerley Mod-Lites) aka Dwarf cars