Palmerston North -
Tuesday 4 January 2005
New Zealand Superstox Championship ... Finals Night
Report and pictures by Mike Pollard
The real big one, the New Zealand Superstox Championship, the most prestigious individual
title in New Zealand. 25 Kiwis plus #55R Frankie Wainman Junior having qualified, with the
next 30 highest point scorers from the previous night taking part in the G.T. Radials
The usual championship, 3 heat, rotating grid format to decide who would carry the coveted
1NZ number for the next 12 months.
#92m Kyle Fraser was the first to blow his chances after retiring on the 2nd lap, quickly
followed by one of the favourites #77B Shane Penn. #515R Stan Hickey spun and lost a lot
of ground but re-oined. Meanwhile at the front, #591P Wayne Hemi was blasting his way
round the track building up a commanding lead. Further down the order #3NZ Geoff jJames
was going well setting a new lap record in the process, bettering the time set by Hemi the
night before. 2 laps from home and Hemi was trying to put a lap on Hickey, which Stan
wasnt too pleased about and tried his best to dent the title hopes of Hemi. The resulting
action saw Hemi fishtailing wildly, but regaining his composure and driving on to take the
chequered from #121P Bryce Penn with #55R Frankie Wainman Junior coming home third from a
#61P Garry Trotter led from pole but was overtaken on lap 2 by Wainman who had started on
the 2nd row of the grid. Mid way through the race an attack by a laps down #85H saw
Wainman relegated to 4th leaving #112P Shaun Pearson in the lead. an amazing drive by
Wainman saw him move up to 2nd and by the start of the last lap was right on the tail of
Pearson. The bumper went in, which saw Pearson retire to the infield and Wainman relegated
to third! #515R Stan Hickey went through for the win followed by #61P Garry Trotter.
Going into the final heat the points were tallied which showed Wainman ahead by 2 points
from #51M Rodney Wood and #121P Bryce Penn who were tied for 2nd.
Although Wainman had a 2 point advantage he was starting from near the back of the grid.
Quickly away was the new lap record holder #3NZ Geoff James, but almost immediately there
was a red light after a "coming together" on the back straight which saw #591P
retired to the infield to a loud roar from the crowd (you either love him or loathe him).
It was on the restart that all hell broke loose! As is the norm in New Zealand cars that
were behind on points tried their best to ensure that a team mate took the title. Cars
were sent spinning and flying in all directions. The slow moving "blocking"
tactics of some drivers meant it was a minefield for those in with a shout of the title.
because of the "blockers" and cars being sent up the wall Wainman had managed to
work his way up into 2nd place from the back of the grid. Despite a number of attacks on
the #55R machine Wainman parried all the attacks until.............. 2 laps from home
Wainman took a high line around turn 4 and was turned into by that man again #85 Jarrod
Wade who was moving very much slower on the inside line. the result was that Wainman was
sent spinning and flying through the air, falling backwards onto the Wade machine. with
his rear wheels on the track and the rest of the car on Wade's bonnet, Wade drove at full
chat the full length of the home straight with Wainman perched aloft, slamming him into
the wall, a huge roar went up from the crowd! Ed's note: Follow the link to
see Wade's dirty deed ... as Mike said in his email sending this ..you WILL like the video
HERE FOR WAINMAN BLITZ VIDEO CLIP. Not the ending the Brits had hoped for,
but a truly remarkable and spectacular sight! Wainman tried to limp home for a points
finish but was easy prey for #77B who pinned him against the fence. The race win went to
#37B Brendon Rowlands from #121P Bryce Penn with #61P Garry Trotter in 3rd.
Another loud cheer went up went the overall winner was announced as #121P Bryce Penn who
had done a "Willie Harrison" and finally won the title after 32 years of trying!
Wainman showing as an overall 10th. The biggest cheer of the night was still to come.....
as the #85 car left the track Wade took the applause from the crowd who were happy in the
knowledge that the #1NZ number would remain in New Zealand!
1.#591 Wayne Hemi 2.#121P Bryce Penn 3.#55R Frankie Wainman Jnr 4.#51M Rodney Wood 5.#1NZ
Kelvin Gray 6.#71P Kim Lace
1.#515R Stan Hickey 2.#61P Garry Trotter 3.#55R 4.#51M 5.#74R Neil McCoard 6.#121P
1.#37b brendon rowlands 2.#121p 3.#61p 4.#515r 5.#1nz 6.#91b murray long
#135R Scott Hewson 2.#78H Bryce Steiner 3.#79N Brendon Higgins 4.#119M Kerry Remnant
5.#88S John Booker 6.#28H Glen Drabble
1.#78H 2.#31B Andy McCabe 3.#94R Gary Hunter 4.#15V Morris Goyle 5.#135R 6.#6P Gary Parkes
1.#6P 2.#119M 3.#88S 4.#78H 5.#24P Russell Harrop 6.#79N
1.#7C Neil Frew 2.#74R 3.#88S 4.#6P 5.#91B 6.#24P
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