Palmerston North - 7 April
Tournament of Destruction - Qualifying
Pictures and reporting by Mike Pollard
Hello and welcome to Palmerston North for a
double helping of Bangers and Smash courtesey of the Tournament of Destruction IX.
As in previous Tournaments, there was some serious metal in the heavyweight division, with
the cars of bitter rivals Palmerston Firecats and Wanganui's Dirty Rottens once again
proving to be the pick of the bunch.
Palmerston Partsworld v Takapau Terrors
This was the very first Derby Teams event held under SNZ juridstiction, and it took all of
one race before they felt the need to alter the result.
The Partsworld team are new to this event, and at times looked like the new boys, except
that #12p Michael Pringle fairly stormed around the race track and despite the best
efforts of #406b David Julian amongst others, romped home to the win. Now I was always
taught that it was the red flag that signalled the end of the race. but in New Zealand
it's apparently the chequered, as #12p Pringle found out to his cost after being
disqualified for "contact after the chequered". Fair enough I suppose if that's
the rule......... except to say that if it had been applied throughout the event we may
well have had a different result!
Winner - #409b Takapau Terrors
Palmerston Firecats v Team Kaos (Wellington)
A very even contest this one, with #97w John Flaws heading out front for kaos, and
managing to stay there until the end despite a couple of huge hits on the last lap from
#82p Daniel Lockwood and #85p Dave Foothead.
Winner - #97w John Flaws - Team Kaos
Dirty Rottens (Wanganui) v Nu Generation (Hawkes Bay)
Things were looking grim early on for Nu Generation after #32b Shovel Maulder was rolled,
except that #35b Jonno Maulder was carving out a huge lead, and looked unstoppable. Last
lap, last bend, and a tremendous double hit from #5v Adrian Maher and #6v Darren Stephens
stopped #35b Maulder just short of the line, and allowed Wanganui's Dirty Rottens to
compete a white-wash, with all 5 x cars finishing as opposed to Nu Generation's none!
Winner - #3v Bevan Johnstone - Dirty Rottens
Palmerston Partsworld v Team Kaos (Wellington)
#97w John Flaws tried to win it from the front again for Team Kaos, and was going well
until he found himself being pushed backwards at great speed by both #12p Michael Pringle
and #13p Byron Wake.
thankfully for Kaos, #90w Darren Hoskins inherited the lead and stormed round to victory.
Winner - #90w Darren Hoskins - Team Kaos
Takapau Terrors v Dirty Rottens
#409b led the way for Takapau ahead of #2v Clint Lyford, with #0v Alistair Thompson
sticking the bumper hard into anything Takapau. Red flag, as the #404bTterror was sent to
the infield. #2v Lyford and #5v Adrian Maher tried their last lap "special
sandwich" manouvre, but this time failed to stop the flying #409b
Winner - #409b - Takapau Terrors
Palmerston Firecats v Nu Generation
The officials ordered #32b Shovel Maulder off even before the start, as #83p Jason Jack
led for the Firecats at the green. The Firecats appeared to be on a seek and destroy
mission, as #84p Terry Healey wound his car up and delivered the seasons biggest hit to
the stationary #34b car. with the passenger door pillar now well inside the cab of the
#34b car, the red lights were immediatley activated. #82p Daniel Lockwood tried out his
own version of the hit on #39b James Churchward, but wily Jim shimmied and left #82p
Lockwood reaching for the Ibuprofen after driving head-on with some force into the
concrete wall. #81p Gareth Prentice and #39b knocked seven bells out of each other, whilst
#83p Jack came through the carnage for the win.
Winner - #83p Jason Jack - Palmerston Firecats
Derby Cars 78
Jnr Ministocks 27
Snr Ministocks 20
Production Saloons 13