Saturday 2 April 2005 - Manawatu Stockcar Champs
Reporting and pictures by Mike
When it goes dark in New Zealand, it goes
The last official meeting of the season in the region sees the 34th annual Manawatu
Stockcar Champs up for grabs for the second time this season after the first attempt at
running was washed out!
History tells us to look to Palmerston to find the winner, as the title has only headed
out of town on four previous occasions!
This year the visitors were from Stratford, Napier, Wanganui (the only other winners)
It looked liked being Palmy v The Rest.
3 x Heat "Championship" Format
Visitors #11B Nigel Cooper and #59B Tony True had drawn the front row spots. The first
bend lunge saw #61P Garry Trotter barge up the inside to lead from Cooper and #66P Tony
Whittaker had done some barging of his own to be in 3rd. Trotter forged on up front but
#77B Shane Penn had rocketed through the pack to be in 2nd ahead of Whittaker who was
still showing strong in a very fast race, before he was overhauled by #58P Peter
Bengston. there was no stopping Shane Penn though has he shot past long time leader
Trotter to take the win win Bengston finishing 3rd.
Visitors again at the front. This time it was #72S Simon Joblin and #31B Andy McCabe
who had to endure the shove. Joblin did a better job and led the early laps hotly
followed by #1NZ Bryce Penn.
Tony Whittaker did his customary wall of death routine before the reds came out to
remove a dead car facing the wrong way on the racing line. On the restart the power in
the #1NZ car showed itself as Bryce Penn shot past Joblin, with #24P Russsell Harrop
showing in 3rd just in front of #71P Kim Lace. The first x 3 being unchanged at the
A check of the points showed it was the NZ champ Penn just 1 x point ahead of Trotter
with Bengston a further 2 x points behind in 3rd. 4th was the best placed non-
Palmerston driver ...Shane Penn who was 6 x points behind the old man.
The 1st x 3 were all mid-pack, but Shane penn was on the front row along with #21B Stu
Cooper. The green dropped and Penn was off, with Kim Lace giving chase. Just a lap in
and the reds were needed as the points leader Bryce Penn was "doing a wainman"
home straight, as he was bounced, boppped, spun, shoved and rolled down the straight
with Bengston appearing the one to be most guilty of playing the part of Jared Wade!
A few laps into the restart and Tony Whittaker took an immense dislike to Tony True,
rolling him over in the process! Up front things remained unchanged as Shane Penn
blasted around for the win ahead of Kim Lace and Russell Harrop.
Trotter finished in fourth which was him enough for him to win the championship again,
finishing 2 x points ahead of Shane Penn and 7 x ahead of Peter Bengston.
1.#77B Shane Penn 2.#61P Garry Trotter 3.#58P Peter Bengston 4.#54W Mike Pye 5.#1NZ
Bryce Penn 6.#66P Tony Whittaker
1.#1nz 2.#72s simon joblin 3.#24p russell harrop 4.#65b john hynd 5.#61p 6.#58p
1.#77B 2.#71P Kim Lace 3.#24P 4.#61P 5.#18P Graham Peter 6.#10P Peter Rees
1.#61P 2.#77B 3.#58P
Derby Cars 40
Std Stox 22
Boy Racers 9 (aka Streetcars)