Palmerston North -
Wednesday 4 January 2006
Reporting & pictures by Mike Pollard
Originally scheduled for
the previous evening, the Superstock classic was intended to give drivers and race fans an
extra opportunity to get together, following the North Island champs at Wanganui. However,
due to the rain over the weekend, it was a case of "shuffle down the bus" for
Palmerston who had now missed out on the holiday crowd and were effectively running a
The crowd was close to its usual Saturday night size as three drivers from Napier and one
from Kihikihi joined the 12 x locals who had so far managed to survive the weekend, in
putting on a show.
#97p Graeme Ward leads them out along with #8p Scott Miers as visitor #59b Ian Barron is
first to retire. #58p Peter Bengston gets turned around early, his charge back through the
field being the only point of note as #97p Ward wins from #8p Miers.
1.#97p Graeme Ward 2.#8p Scott Miers 3.#5p Bruce Ward 4.#98p Craig Humphries 5.#119r Kerry
Remnant 6.#591p Wayne Hemi
Sheer weight of numbers on leaving turn two meant that something had to give, and that
something was #25p Doug Booth who ended upside down. #11b Nigel Cooper was facing the
wrong way, and #88p Dean Watts had piled in. Restart, as its #8p Scott Miers who is inches
ahead of #72p Simon Joblin and #591p Wayne Hemi after the first lap. #8p Miers driving
right up against the wall showers the track with sparks as #72p Joblin is stuck on his
back bumper with #591p Hemi just behind. These three opening a gap on the rest of the grid
headed by #119r Kerry Remnant. Two more laps and Hemi is up past Joblin, as its now Hemi's
turn to be glued to the Miers back bumper with Joblin seemingly happy just sat behind in
third. Another two laps, and Hemi is up on the inside of Miers as they race side by side
for the whole lap. Just as it seems Hemi has the advantage, along comes Joblin up the
inside of the pair of 'em for a tremendous three way battle for the lead, which lasts for
lap after lap until the chequered is shown to Miers who finishes ahead of Hemi and Joblin,
with half a second seperating the first three at the line.
1.#8p 2.#591p 3.#72p Simon Joblin 4.#119r 5.#5p 6.#98p 7.#18p Graham Peter (docked 2 x
#8p Scott Miers and #72p Simon Joblin are off the front but are passed on the first lap by
#591p Wayne Hemi, who slowy starts to pull away from the pair. Third lap and #72p Joblin
is past #8p Miers for second. One more lap and the leader #591p Hemi parks it on the
centre green leaving Joblin out in front from Hemi with #5p Bruce Ward up to third.
Another lap down and #119r Kerry Remnant has taken the third from #5p Ward and is
challenging Miers for second. Another three way scrap here, this time for second as Ward
is back past #119r Remnant and helping to spin Miers, who does a 360 and loses a couple of
spots as a result. Miers takes immediate action by walling the poor unfortunate who now
found himself in front of him, who on this occasion happened to be #18p Graham Peter who
found himself in the wrong place at the wrong time! Last lap and Miers tangles with
Remnant allowing #98p Craig Humphries to gain a few places, as up front #5p Ward has
gradually reeled in Joblin. A last bend lunge from Ward sends Joblin wide, but he manages
to hold on for the win.
1.#72p 2.#5p 3.#98p 4.#119r 5.#8p 6.#25p Doug Booth
Overall victory goes to #8p Scott Miers from #5p Bruce Ward, with a 3 x way tie for 3rd
between #72p Simon Joblin, #98p Craig Humphries and #119r Kerry Remnant.
#119r Remnant was the early leader in the 4 x lap run-off, but was overtaken by #72p
Joblin. The sparks flew as Remnant battled with #98p Humphries, but this only served to
allow Joblin to edge ahead, and take the win for 3rd overall.
1.#72p Simon Joblin 2.#119r Kerry Remnant 3.#98p Craig Humphries
Grand Slam (all in)
#11p Peter Rees deals a big one to #8p Scott Miers on the first lap as up front #72p Simon
Joblin is overtaking #18p Graham Peter for the lead, leaving #25p Doug Booth to chase them
#49p Stephen Bleackley is having a hard time with #15p Rob Miers before having to contend
with the charging #8p Scott Miers who is making up for lost ground. Up front #25p Booth is
dropped as #72p Joblin and 18p Peter blast their way around. #97p Graeme Ward gets turned
round by #32p George Frear before Joblin takes the win.
1.#72p 2.#18p 3.#25p 4.#8p 5.#11p Peter Rees 6.#49p Stephen Bleackley
Another good nights racing from the Superstocks who were joined on by the bill by the
Dwarf Cars and Mod Lites. Apparently they are called Dwarf Cars when wearing the Retro
bodies, or Mod Lites when given their more modern clothes! Interestingly the lap times
matched those of the Superstocks.
Snr Ministocks 26
Jnr Ministocks 21
Mod Lites/Dwarf cars 13