Palmerston North -
Saturday 12 November 2005
Manawatu Ministock Champs
Words and pictures Mike Pollard
Well I fancied a
return trip to Stratford to take in some stock car teams racing, but the weather was
playing god again, as Stratford became the first of many meetings to be cancelled up and
down the country. The practice session at Wanganui was also rained off, so it's plan C
..... you can always rely on Palmy to put on a show.
It was good to see that driver #113a David Gaskin had honoured his booking and hauled his
Modified all the way from Auckland, whilst for others the temptation of a hastily
re-arranged meeting nearer home had proved just too tempting.
Another long distance visitor was Jimi Quinn in the #43a Auckland registered Midget, who's
appearance was even more extraordinary given that the Midgets were'nt even running!!
It was the Manawatu champs for the Ministocks with lone visitor #12w Simon Hendry taking
on 34 x locals for the title!
#42p Robin Davenport and #98p Shannon Clausen were off the front, and as Davenport tried
to make a break he was quickly joined by #93 Aaron Roe and #77p Kyle Flynn who in turn was
trying to hold off (and failing) the charge of #11p Alan Savell. First casualty was #12p
Greg Roydhouse who was spinning and hitting the wall as Alan Savell was moving up again,
this time past Kyle Flynn for 3rd, with #33p Scott Eastwood in tow. Eastwood wasn't able
to live with the leaders however, as Davenport, Roe and Savell had a three way neck and
neck, lap after lap battle for the lead, with the win ending up with Roe from Davenport
#15p Dean Dingwall and #117p Shane Simpson this time on the front row, as Simpson was
immediately joined at the front by team mate #118p Eddie Blackley in the Lotz of Potz car
at the drop of the green, with Dingwall dropping into 3rd. The watered track was looking
very slippy, but the matching cars were pulling clear as #47p Justin Kinane moved into
Red flag for Scott Eastwood who had found himself in the wall. Still it was Simpson from
Blackley as it became #13p Brian Taniwha's turn to move into 3rd, as Dingwall was moving
backwards and almost managed to collect a fast moving #88p Andrew Humphries who was moving
solidly through the field.
Another red flag, this time for Greg Roydhouse who was having a terrible night. On the
restart and Simpson slowed, allowing team mate Blackley through for the win!
A quick look at the table, shows #93p Roe 3pts ahead of #11p Savell, just one point back
to #118p Blackley with #42p Davenport just one point behind him. All the top point scorers
were running from the back in this one, so it was still wide open.
#88p Andrew Humphries was on the front row and currently lying in 6th place in the points,
a win here might just be enough. Humphries was away at the green leaving fellow front
rower #12w Simon Hendry in his wake with #32p Grant Walsh slotting into 3rd, but was under
pressure from #51p Ikey Hautapu and #85p Brad England. Humphries takes a big lead but its
close further back, Hautapu, Hendry, Dorn, Walsh and England all line astern. Chequered
out for Humphries who wins it by almost half a lap from Hautapu and Hendry.
Time to tally the points and the Manawatu ministock champ is the multi talented and multi
retired #11p Alan Savell 93pts 2nd #93p Aaron Roe 91pts 3rd #88p Alan Humphries 89pts.
Another night of hard and fast racing from the superstocks who tonight were absolutely
flying around the Palmerston oval.
A bit of a quiet night by his standards for track expert #58p Peter Bengston who's best
result was a third and was "dealt to" in the Grand Slam by #8p Scott Miers who
by contrast was having a super night, winning both opening heats. The feature race was won
by ever improving Russel Harrop in the #24p car, whilst the Grand Slam was won by one of
the sections most consistent performers #9p Brett Hyslop
1.#8p Scott Miers 2.#98p Craig Humphries 3.#97p Graeme Ward 4.#10p Peter Rees 5.#58p Peter
Bengston 6.#5p Bruce Ward
1.#8p 2.#98p 3.#58p 4.#10p 5.#9p Brett Hyslop 6.#61p Gary Trotter
Feature (all in)
1.#24p Russell Harrop 2.#61p 3.#10p 4.#58p 5.#5p 6.#97p
Grand Slam (all in)
1.#9p 2.#10p 3.#5p 4.#98p 5.#33p Craig Rolsten 6.#97p John Taylor
Snr Ministocks 35
Jnr Ministocks 16
ATV Quads 16