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Track: Palmerston North
Date: Saturday 8 April 2006
Event: Derby Teams - Tournament of Destruction IV
Pictures & reporting by Mike Pollard


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Palmerston North - Saturday 8 April 2006
Derby Teams - Tournament of Destruction IV
Pictures & reporting by Mike Pollard

Some real heavy metal in the pits, with the cars of Wanganui's Dirty Rottens Inc and Palmerston's More FM Firecats looking particularly "aggressive".
Hello and welcome to the independently promoted Tournament of Destruction IV, the seasons only real "banger" meeting in this part of the world.
8 x teams from all over the North Island, 6 x drivers per team, with each team allowed 2 x spare cars.

1st Round
Team KAOS (Wellington) bt Dirty Rottens Inc (Wanganui)
Nu Generation (Napier) bt More FM Firecats (Palmerston)
Takapau Terrors (Takapau) bt Aussie Spares (Huntly)
Wild Bunch (Auckland) bt Manawatu Toyota Terminators (Palmerston)

Pick of the round was probably the Nu Generation v Firecats match up which put paid to my theory of teams "saving" their cars for later rounds, as there was no quarter asked or given as the big hits went in all over the place as the Nu Generation team beat the home track locals.

2nd Round
As part of the seeding system, 1st round winners were kept apart for the second round matches, which produced the following results:

More FM Firecats bt Team Kaos
Dirty Rottens Inc bt Nu Generation
Takapau Terrors bt Manawatu Toyota Terminators
Wild Bunch bt Aussie Spares

A fantastic race in the last heat saw the Wild Bunch overcome Aussie Spares with just a half lap to go enroute to a fabulous victory.

Repecharge
The 2 x unbeaten sides; Wild Bunch and Takapau Terrors gained automatic entry into the semi's, with the remaining 6 x teams forwarding 2 x entrants for the repecharge, with the first 2 x cars home gaining progression for their team.
Derby team guru, and tournament organizer Bevan Johnstone picked his way through the traffic and managed to avoid major damage during a sublime drive to the chequered, and into the semi's for the captain of the Dirty Rottens Inc. Behind however, it was a different story, as all hell broke loose for the final qualifying spot, with three teams coming off the final turn together. Throw in a couple of blockers parked up on the home straight, and watch the sparks fly! After the dust had settled, it was Team KAOS that had progressed to the next round.

Semi 1
Although there are 6 x drivers per team, only 5 x take part in any one race, but Team Kaos and Takapau Terrors were down to four each for this one. Just before the start, the rain came down, and it stayed with us for the rest of the night, slowing the cars down a great deal and putting the kybosh on the "Dominoes of Death" World record attempt that was due to be featured later in the evening. Team KAOS semed to have the better tactics in this one, which combined with their greater reliability meant they were on their way to the final.

Semi 2
Back to a full compliment for this semi, as the Wild Bunch came out victorious in a closely fought affair with the Dirty Rottens Inc. However, the lasting memory will be of a track marker barrell that was full of yellow paint!!

3/4 place
Even though they started with just 4 x cars, the Dirty Rottens Inc were firm favourites as the Takapau Terrors started with just x 2. It was literally a case of last man standing as by the time #8v Steve Wilson took the white flag for the Dirty Rottens Inc there was no-one else left in it. Trouble was that Steve was only just in it himself, and needed to perform a couple of three-point-turns as well as using the wall to steer, in order to negotiate the lenghty last lap, and earn the Wanganui team a well deserved third place.

Final
Another close affair as Wellington's Team KAOS took on Auckland's Wild Bunch. The track announcer as well as the starter, together with a portion of the crowd thought that Team KAOS captain #93w Derek Wanders had made it 3 x wins from 4 x starts to take the laurels. However, a larger portion of the crowd, and more importantly the lap-scorers gave the win to #87a Tracey Rana, and a victory to the defending champions: Auckland's Wild Bunch.

Cars Racing
Derby cars 56
Jalopy cars 32
Jnr ministocks 28
Prod' Saloons 17
Snr Ministocks 15



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