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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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!!
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.
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.
Derby cars 56
Jalopy cars 32
Jnr ministocks 28
Prod' Saloons 17
Snr Ministocks 15