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Track: Palmerston North
Date: Saturday 1 December 2006
Event: International Sprintcars
Pictures & reporting by Mike Pollard


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Palmerston North - 1 December 2006
International Sprintcars
Pictures & reporting by Mike Pollard

Sprintcars

The pit gate opened and out stepped #usa1 Ricky Logan, a World of Outlaws Sprintcar driver, fresh off the plane from the epicentre of sprintcar racing .......Knoxville, Iowa, USA.
Ricky set off in a car he'd never sat in before, and drove round a track he'd never seen before, and broke the all-time lap record on the very first lap!! ...... what an entrance!
Throughout the evening #usa1 Logan proved his class in jaw dropping manner, and almost put the lap record down in the twelves, with a stunning 13.0894 ... an average lap speed of 103kph.

Heat 1
#44p Shane Peebles and #57p Aaron McConaghy were first to show at the front whilst #39p Brendan Lucas was brushing the wall, which forced his retirement from the rest of the meeting. Despite #44p Peebles pulling huge wheelies at the front, #usa1 Ricky Logan was storming through the pack, and eventually won the race by half a lap. In truth, #usa1 Logan could have won by a greater margin, but was held up by #5p Nick Pedley, when trying to lap him.

1.#usa1 Ricky Logan 2.#44p Shane Peebles 3.#57p Aaron McConaghy 4.#21v Peter Huijs 5.#8p Paul Donovan 6.#66m Skinny Colson

Heat 2
#66m Skinny Colson blasted off the front, but a huge tangle behind saw #4p Bryan Menefy, #28p Chris Uhlenberg and #57p Aaron McConaghy end up in a heap. On the restart #66p Colson opened a halp lap lead ahead of #24w Martin Halcrow and #usa1 Logan, who was quickly up to second and chasing after the leader. The half lap lead quickly evaporated when #66m Colson tried to lap #93p Glen Dudding, and the race ended with a photo finish..... #66m Colson winning by less than 0.2 of a second.

1.#66m 2.#usa1 3.#8p 4.#21p Rob Garrett 5.#21v 6.#44p

Sprintcar 4x3
The top four drivers then took part in a series of 4 x 3 lap sprints, with the grid rotating. the guys were obviously more accustomed to the format than myself, as the grid quickly re-formed on each slowing down lap, allowing for almost seamless racing.

1.#usa1 2.#21v 3.#8p 4.#66m
1.#usa1 2.#8p 3.#66m 4.#21v
1.#66m 2.#8p 3.#usa1 4.#21v
1.#21v 2.#66m 3.#8p 4.#usa1

Feature
#66m Colson again blasted off the front of the 20 x lap feature and slowly began to build up a large lead over #44p Peebles and #8p Paul Donovan who were dicing for second ahead of #usa1 Logan who had elected to start from the rear half of the grid. Mid way through, leader #66m Colson locked it up and was forced to the rear of the pack. The reformed grid now had #44p Peebles at the front, ahead of #8p Donovan, #21v Huijs and #usa1 Logan. On the restart the result was never really in doubt as the Outlaw drove round the outside of #21v Huijs, up the inside of #8p Donovan, and round the outside of #44p Peebles, all in quick succession. The race ended under caution, as #57p McConaghy hit the wall so hard that although his car came to a dead stop, the wing carried on, and thankfully became entagled in the catch fencing.

1.#usa1 2.#44p 3.#21v 4.#24w Martin Halcrow 5.#21p 6.#28p Chris Uhlenberg

Superstocks

Heat 1
Numbers were swelled by visitors #11a Gary Ellis who hails from Hamilton, and is contracted to Auckland, and UK driver Kev Smith, who now resides in Palmerston North!
#33p craig rolsten was first to show ahead of #71p Kim Lace, as #97p Kev Smith was left to chase at the rear of the grid following an early encounter with #54w Mike Pye. At the front #71p Lace had taken the lead, and was being chased by the improving #42p Robin Davenport, while #97p Smith was getting in the swing of things by despatching #88p Dean Watts to the wall. #71p Lace taking the chequered ahead of fast moving #7p Shane Penn.

1.#71p Kim Lace 2.#7p Shane Penn 3.#42p Robin Davenport 4.#98p Craig Humphries 5.#33p Craig Rolsten 6.#58p Peter Bengston

Heat 2
Despite frantic efforts in the pits, Kev Smith failed to grid. a broken suspension joint on the birdcage, being particularly difficult to fix.
#7p Shane Penn showed his class in this one, pulling out a huge lead over #58p Peter Bengston, who in turn was some way ahead of #54w Pye and #71p Lace who were battling for third. 7 x laps in, and #58p Bengston retired after hitting the wall, leaving #7p Penn to win by a distance from #71p Lace.

1.#7p 2.#71p 3.#54w mike pye 4.#98p 5.#33p 6.#46s paul jamieson

Feature
#54w Mike Pye was in pole, but was slow away and baulked 2nd row starter #97p Kev Smith badly, allowing #58p Peter Bengston and #7p Shane Penn to motor round the outside and battle for the lead.
lap 2, and #97p Smith is sent sideways by a huge gaggle of cars, with #33p Craig Rolsten appearing to be the main aggressor, resulting in #97p smith having to once again chase from the back. Up front #7p Penn was past #58p Bengston and on his way to an emphatic victory. Unfortunately, both #7p Penn and #58p Bengston were docked two places, handing the win to #98p Craig Humphries.

1.#98p 2.#71p 3.#7p 4.#58p 5.#54w 6.#33p

All in
#17p Shane Simpson took off from the front in his Stockcar, put his head down, stayed in front, and managed to win a photo finish at the line by 3/100ths of a second from the Superstock of #71p Kim Lace. #58p Peter Bengston was ahead of #71p Lace early on, after charging past early challengers #97p Graeme Ward (stockcar) and #97p Peter Locke,(now driving the Kev Smith car), but retired 2 x laps from home after hitting the wall.

1.#17p* Shane Simpson 2.#71p 3.#33p 4.#97p* Graeme Ward 5.#49p Aaron Blackley 6.#97p Peter Locke
*stockcar

Cars racing
Snr Ministocks 28
Jnr Ministocks 27
Superstocks 18
Stockcars 18
Sprintcars 13
Sidecars 9



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