Palmerston North - 21
Robin Pratt Memorial
Pictures & reporting by Mike Pollard
The weather claimed Wellington (just over an
hour down the road) earlier in the day, and it was touch and go with Palmerston, who
managed a full evening of entertainment despite sporadic drizzle.
The three times, and current holder of the Robin Pratt Memorial; Peter Rees's hopes of
making it title number 4, lasted for barely a few seconds, as the clutch on the NZ1
machine made it only as far as the pit chute.
On the green, #97p Graeme Ward was the class act, launching off the front and winning from
flag to flag by over half a lap. behind, #54p Bevan Humphrey was barging his way through
from the back, and up as high as 2nd before falling back after a duel with #71p Justin
Cunningham and #77p Wayne Norris. #31p Gary Davis finishing second ahead of #77p Norris.
"Class Act" #97p Ward looked classy again, spinning the re-clutched #1nz Rees on
the 1st lap! #97p Ward was up to 4th early, chasing leaders; #99p Scott McIntosh, #17p
Shane Simpson and #84p Kevin Large. 6 x laps in, and these four became five as the
recovered #1nz rees joined the pack. Lap 7 and .......slam, as #1nz Rees extracts revenge,
as the "Class Act" #97p Ward is delivered a blow, which will retire him for the
rest of the evening.
At the flag, #84p large is 1st, ahead of #17p simpson and #99p mcintosh
#31p Davis heads the points after the first two heats, and storms away at the front,
opening a huge lead on the field. 3 x laps from home, #31p Davis knocks wheels whilst
lapping #72p Tony Norman, and all of a sudden its all over for #31p Davis as he takes to
the centre green, leaving fast improving newcomer #17p Simpson to take the win from #77p
Norris, with #61p Mike Dunn in third.
1.#77p Wayne Norris 2.#84p Kevin Large 3.#61p Mike Dunn
The 7 x starters were quickly down to 5 as #5p Bruce Ward and #42p Robin Devonport pulled
off on the opening lap. These were effectively joined by #8p Scott Miers who had slowed to
a crawl early on. The four finishers headed by a fast looking #71p Kim Lace.
1.#71p Kim Lace 2.#58p Peter Bengston 3.#98p Craig Humphries 4.#97p Peter Locke
#42p Devonport was on the grass early again together with #8p Miers after the tank had put
in a fast 1st lap. #58p Bengston took a deserved win after battling wheel to wheel with
1.#58p 2.#94p Royden Collingwood 3.#98p 4.#71p 5.#97p
#9p Brett Hyslop was a late show and managed 3 x laps! no big hits, but plenty of barging,
as #94p Collingwood turned up the wick, and went one better to win the feature ahead of
the nights top points scorer #58p Bengston. #8p Miers finaly managed to record a finish
albeit it 4 x laps down on the field. one can only assume a re-occurence of the fuel
problems which plagued the cars debut the previous week.
1.#94p 2.#58p 3.#71p 4.#97p 5.#8p Scott Miers
Unusually, there was a clear winner in the demolition derby; #28p Gareth Prentice, who
dealt out his fair share in a race of big hits, in what looked like a former
"Tournament of Destruction" warhorse.
Snr Ministocks 30
Derby cars 25