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Summer Sizzler
Words and pictures Mike Pollard

 

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Palmerston North - Saturday 3 December 2005
Summer Sizzler


Words and pictures Mike Pollard

I'm not quite sure what I'm watching anymore.

The #8p Superstock of Scott Miers is about as quick as the best around Palmerston .......... it's just that it's about 10 x times stronger and appears indestructable. His annihilation of the opposition since it's launch has drivers genuinely fearful to pass!
The exception to this has been #66p Tony Whittaker, who's battles with Mr Miers have kept the crowd enthralled for week after week.

This week it's the Summer Sizzler. 3 X qualifying heats on the rotating grid format, followed by a one-off feature final race, with the highest qualifiers off the front.

Heat 1
#8p Scott Miers pulled up by the pit gate, kept everyone waiting, joined the back of the grid, pulled onto the infield, and drove back to the pit gate. #88p Dean Watts pulls off with a burning clutch. Mr Miers rejoined the back of the grid, green flag, and #72p Simon Joblin together with #53p Kevan Roberts lead them away, BANG CRASH, as #66p Tony Whittaker is upside down courtesey of Mr Miers, and we havent even reached the 1st bend!
From here on in it's the Scott Miers show. Hello and welcome to the twilight zone!
#77b Shane Penn, #95b Tony True, #31b Andy McCabe join Whittaker and Watts in failing to complete a lap, # 53 Kevan Roberts gets walled by #43 Darryl Hammond, and 1st time visitor (this season) #591p Wayne Hemi takes to the grass after 2 x laps, never to be seen again.

1.#72p Simon Joblin 2.#5p Bruce Ward 3.#6v Darryl Taylor 4.#10p Peter Rees 5.#29b Paul Demanser 6.#11b Nigel Cooper

Heat 2
#88p Watts somehow manages to get a tiny piece of the #8p Miers back bumper as way of pay back for the clutch, as Miers undaunted, immediately rolls over #9p Brett Hyslop, and yes, we're still on the 1st lap! #18p Graham Peter gets walled by #6v Darryl Taylor, but the consequential loss of speed by Taylor means that he's now dicing wheel to wheel with Miers. Taylor looks to be holding his own initially, before Miers sends him screaming into the wall at a blistering pace with Taylor coming to a juddering halt on a fence post.

1.#77b Shane Penn 2.#112p Shaun Pearson 3.#29b 4.#18p Graham Peter 5.#24p Russel Harrop 6.#8p Scott Miers

Heat 3
With Miers on the front row together with #71p Kim Lace. Miers actually raced in this one. Perhaps with one eye on the points and a better grid position come the final. Either way, this was a high speed affair with Kim Lace taking the win from Miers.

1.#71p Kim Lace 2.#8p 3.#112p 4.#77b 5.#9p Brett Hyslop 6.#98p Craig Humphries


Summer Sizzler Feature Final

Every one of the 20 x laps sponsored, with cash or prizes going to the leader of each lap, with the proviso that you got even more money by taking out the leader!

1st row #112p Shaun Pearson and #29b Paul Demanser
2nd row #5p Bruce Ward and #10p Peter Rees
3rd row #8p Scott Miers and #98p Craig Humphries

Green flag, as Pearson leads them out, and Peter Rees launches Paul Demanser up the wall. The ensuing melee also captures #77b Shane Penn, #24p Russell Harrop, #4p Joel Pitcher and #19p Paul Harris. Green again as Pearson leads from #98 Craig Humphries, #8p Scott Miers and #71p Kim Lace. These 4 x form a high speed train for 5 x laps until Miers decides he's had enough of racing, slows, and attempts to take out Kim Lace, before waiting for the leader Pearson to come round and ZAP, Pearson feels the Miers bumper as the lead falls to #61p Trotter. POW, Trotter is the next to feel the concrete thanks to Miers, but Miers takes to the centre green as his car seemingly cries enough. 2 X laps later and the giant screen shows #58p Peter Bengston as the leader, as Miers moves off the grass and KAPOW Bengston leads no more. It's now Craig Humphries turn to lead, but not for long with Mr Miers out there, as yet another leader is taken out by Miers! The last couple of laps now and the 10 x or so remaining cars are all queued up behind the slow moving Miers with no-one wanting to pass. Bengston and Lace eventually wiggle through and have a teriffic side by side duel for the last lap as Bengston wins it by inches from the very rear of the grid.

1.#58p Peter Bengston 2.#71p 3.#72p 4.#98p 5.#65b John Hynd 6.#18p Graham Peter

I'm not quite sure what I'm watching anymore. Its a kind of stockcar racing meets armageddon!
but whatever it is, it's bloody good.

Cars racing
Snr Ministocks 28
Superstocks 27
Stockcars 26
Jnr Ministocks 23
Boyracers 19 (aka Streetcars)
Solos 10
Sprint Cars 8



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