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Palmerston North - Saturday 22 October 2005
Robin Pratt Memorial
Words and pictures by Mike Pollard

 

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Palmerston North - Robin Pratt Memorial - Saturday 22 October 2005

Words and pictures by Mike Pollard

The featured event of the evening was the Robin Pratt Memorial for the Stockcar division.
A number of head to head match ups were on the cards following the events of the opening meeting and fireworks were expected, especially as a team of drivers from Kihikihi, including legendary hard man Blu Rawiri had turned up to add to the spectacle.
3 x heat championship format to decide.

Heat 1
#5K Brad Ridland and #49P Stephen Bleackley made up the front row, and whilst Bleackley never managed a lap! ......Ridland was away like the proverbial bat with #35P Ken McDonald and 11P Peter Rees giving chase. Further back and #71P Justin Cunningham was dishing out the treatment to #29P Peter Floyd sending him heavily into the wall. Ridland was still flying from Rees with #22P John Taylor easing into 3rd. Red lights for the stricken Floyd, which a lot of drivers failed to notice, especially visitor #6K Owen Enoka who went through the stationary cars like a bowling ball through skittles!

Green flag, and Rees gets the power down quick to storm past Ridland for the lead.
2 x laps to go and #137K Blu Rawiri was circulating slowly looking to take out the leader and help his team mate, but #97P Graeme Ward had other ideas and sent Rawiri crashing into the wall hard enough to end his racing for the night! Chequered flag and a win for #11P Peter Rees from #5K Ridland with #22P Taylor holding on for 3rd. Bowling ball Enoka was trailered off never to reappear ......and although Ridland was looking good, the rest of the Kihikihi challenge was starting to evaporate!

Heat 2
10 x non-starters in this one, such was the damage from heat 1.
#34P Robert Mason and #32P George Frear started up front whilst #22P John Taylor found himself facing the wrong way before he managed to get past the start line!
One lap in and its #17P Gavin Lammas just in front from Frear. Lammas's lead was short lived however, as that man again #11P Peter Rees hurtled his way through the pack. It was a 1-2-3 for the brent boddy cars as Rees led from Lammas from #97P Graeme Ward. #5K Ridland was running with the top x 3 albeit a lap down and managed to spin Lammas before he himself was spun by Frear.
Rees was showing his class out front and even had time to slow down enough to have an altercation with #19P Kerry Humphries sending him crashing to the wall! The Brent Boddy cars were on fire as next up it was Taylors turn to taste the concrete, courtesy of Graeme Ward this time.

Last lap and the leader is taken out, as Humphries gets his revenge on Rees relegating him from 1st to 8th. #97P Graeme Ward takes the win followed by #98P Shannon Clausen who moved up late in the race, with #77P Wayne Norris in 3rd.

Heat 3
A check of the points and its Rees still in front on 49pts just 1 point ahead of surprise package #35P Ken McDonald on 48pts with Ridland and Frear both on 47pts. A whole gaggle of cars just behind these x 3 meant that the trophy was well and truly up for grabs.

#98P Shannon Clausen on pole but with only 15 x starters for this one means a lot of gaps on the grid. rees is on the outside of row 5 but with no cars in front of him on the outside, Rees storms round the high line of turns 1 and 2 and is in the lead after half a lap! Still on the 1st lap and #19P Kerry Humphrey is at it again, this time sending #17P Gavin Lammas flying into the wall at a great many knots! With 2 x wheels on track and 2 x on top of the wall the reds were brought out to retreive both the stricken Lammas car and that of #14P Darrel Gubb who had also not managed a lap thanks to a collapsed front end. On the green and Rees was surprisingly turned around only to rejoin behind the Kerry Humphrey car!!! Humphrey obviously didnt fancy yet another trip to the wall and stood on the brakes managing to hold up Rees for almost a lap before Rees finally managed to turn the #19 car around. Well into the race as the reds are out again to clear what had become a parking lot on turns 3 and 4. Green flag and no change to the race order as #97P Graeme Ward takes the win, followed by #98P Shannon Clausen and #77P Wayne Norris.

Run off
A tally of the points and its a tie at the top, requiring a run-off between #97P Ward and #11P Rees.
Rees gets the drop and moves 2-3 lengths ahead. All through the 4 x laps Rees leads but not by much.
Last lap, last bend and Rees is expecting the big one, and runs well wide in the turn clattering the wall hard, losing momentum and allowing ward to pull level at the line! The chequered drops and its a win for Rees by just 4/100ths of a second, winning the trophy for the 3rd time in his career.

Overall
1.#11P Peter Rees 73pts 2.#97P Graeme Ward 73pts 3.#32P George Frear

Superstock results

Heat
1.#10P Peter Rees 2.#58P Peter Bengston 3.#61P Gary Trotter 4.#24P Russel Harrop 5.#55P Fred Dykstra 6.#43P Darryl Hammond

Feature
1.#9P Brett Hyslop 2.#58P 3.#8P Scott Miers 4.#10P 5.#61P 6.#97P Graeme Ward

Grand Slam (all in)
1.#61P 2.#9P 3.#10P 4.#58P 5.#8P 6.#17P Gavin Lammas (Stockcar)

Another excellent nights racing at Palmerston North....... and just as I thought it couldnt get any better, as I was leaving the stadium I decided to have a go at the spot-the-ball! ........... I placed my cross right in the centre of goal .... and "ey up" there she is !!!!!

Cars racing
Stockcars 26
Snr Ministocks 26
Jnr Ministocks 24
Superstocks 13
Solos 10
Sidecars 8
Sprintcars 6



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