Palmerston North - 28
Pictures & reporting by Mike Pollard
The Stockcar Soccer started with a Zidane type
affair, as team captain #52p Gary Hayes was rolled in an off the ball incident within 5
seconds of the opening whistle!
#49p Stephen Bleackley was lucky to stay on the pitch after that tackle, and then to add
insult to injury, scored on the stroke of half time.
Justice was done however as the scores were levelled before the final whistle.
a penalty shoot-out was averted as both teams agreed to a replay later in the season.
20 x cars rolled out for the opening heat, with numbers boosted by visitors from
Wellington, Napier and Skegness!
Driving a Kiwi Superstock for the first time since finishing 10th in the 2001 World 240
champs, Alan "Skeggy" Skayman was out for a couple of runs in the track owned
#98p Craig Humphries was the early leader before the reds came out for #9p Brett Hyslop,
with #77p Wayne Norris retiring at the same time. #94p Royden Collingwood shot through to
take the lead with #7p Shane Penn and #10p Peter Rees swapping positions behind. #94p
Collingwood went awol early which left #7p Penn and #10p Rees to battle for the lead, and
battle they did with #10p Rees delivering an almighty blow on the penultimate lap, only
for #7p Penn to repay the compliment on the last, to take the win. #97p Skayman was
starting from the back, and after a hesitant start dealing with #7w Jordan Keene, drove
smart and steadily, and was up in the points by race end.
1.#7p Shane Penn 2.#10p Peter Rees 3.#98p Craig Humphries 4.#31p Andy McCabe 5.#53p Kevan
Roberts 6.#97p Alan Skayman
#7p Shane Penn was quickly to the front, with #10p Peter Rees charging through the pack,
trying to get on his tail. #97p Skayman was starting from the back again, and was past a
number of cars with ease before squeezing up the inside of #7b Shane Mellsop. #7b Mellsop
took exception to this and lunged at #97p Skayman leaving him facing the traffic on the
exit of turn two, eventually bringing out the reds. On the restart #10p Rees failed to
catch the flying #7p Penn and instead turned his attentions on #53p Kevan Roberts, both
cars baulking each other to the flag.
1.#7p 2.#58p peter bengston 3.#94p royden collingwood 4.#8p scott miers 5.#96b murray long
Feature (all in)
The heats had been good, but the feature was exceptional.
#8p Scott Miers and #7p Shane Penn were immediatley at the front battling for the lead
with #10p Peter Rees and #94p Royden Collingwood right behind. #10p Rees caught and
disposed of #7p Renn, leaving #94p Collingwood to challenge for second. #10p Rees was
having none of it and launched an attack of such ferocity that saw #94p Collingwood's
wheels and nerf rails flying in all directions.
#7p Penn had recovered from his early set back and was past #8p Miers for second. a lap
down #97p Peter Locke was in the Skayman car, and on the last lap rammed the leader #10p
Rees into the wall. Although the thud resounded around the stadium, #10p Rees has this
amazing ability to hit the wall at the right angle, so that the "rebound" leaves
him pointing straight at the aggressor. a stomp on the gas and all of a sudden the tables
have been turned with #97p Locke on his roof!
1.#7p 2.#31p 3.#98p 4.#1nz Graeme Ward* 5.#77p Wayne Norris* 6.#99p Scott McIntosh*
Stockcar All in (all in)
#8p Scott Miers' stop/start night continued as he shot off the front with great speed
before slowing and being spun by the Stockcar of #84p Kevin Large. #8p Miers eventually
retiring in smoke. a very fast race was won by #58p Peter Bengston, with special mention
to the Stockcar of #65v Lisa Black who's points finish was just reward after being rolled
in the heats.
1.#58p 2.#84p Kevin Large* 3.#98p 4.#99p* 5.#8p 6.#65v Lisa Black*
An excellent evening of speedway action, yet despite #7p Penn winning both heats and
feature, most people came away talking about the amazing #10p Peter Rees.
Snr Ministocks 31
Jnr Ministocks 27