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Track: Palmerston North
Date: 08 February 2008
Event: Superstock Teams Champs - Eliminators
Pictures & reporting by Mike Pollard 

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Palmerston North - 08 February 2008
Superstock Teams Champs - Eliminators
Pictures & reporting by Mike Pollard 

The rumours were true .....F1 World Champ #390 Stu Smith Jnr was racing in the Teams Champs for the Manawatu Mustangs.
I thought he was daft as a brush for doing so! It's true that other F1 World Champs have team raced before, but never in the Teams Champs.........probably the most brutal stockcar event in the world. However, I was assured that Stu had watched a video......so that's alright then.

Manawatu Mustangs v Stratford Scrappers
Stu Smith was in the #31p car, and I assumed he would take up position as a runner, rather than a blocker. But as the cars came round the first turn, he was nowhere to be seen, as the prop-shaft gave way when releasing the clutch. without crossing the start line, Stu didn't even manage to record a DNF, having to settle for the most inauspicious start to his team racing career ...a DNS. .........he was absolutely livid.

Manawatu Mustangs v Wanganui Warriors
The first outing of the evening for the Warriors, meant it was still all to play for, as the pack shuffled themselves on the early laps. We were six laps in to the ten lap event, and delays to #12p Peter Locke and #43p Darryl Hammond meant that #31p Stu Smith had inherited the lead. #16v Kerry Podjursky was clearly acting as a blocker, and drove at #31p Smith half way down the back straight, taking him to the wall. Unfazed, #31p Smith kept his foot full down on the gas, and was getting tremendous grip and speed as he clattered down the back straight, with #16v Podjursky, getting the same grip, still pushing on the Smith nerf rail with his front bumper. As the cars reached the apex of turns 3/4, the laws of physics became their most apparent, as #31p Smith was forced up the wall, and started to do the "wall of death" on the concrete. This in itself is quite spectacular, but to be honest is common fayre at Palmerston, but what happened next was real scary!! ...... the car of #31p Smith carried on up the wall, and still under full power, continued to do the "wall of death"......only this time on the catch fencing! like some scene out of a computer game. The car powered round the turn for about 5 or 6 lengths, before the front end fouled on the netting, and the back end swung round like a pendulum. For a split second, the car just hung in the fence, pointing to the sky, like a forgoten Christmas tree bauble. The buckling fence started to give, and was on the way to lowering #31p Smith slowly and safely back to Earth, before giving way with a hefty jolt. The ensuing delay, allowed the on track announcer to have a few words with young Stuart, who was gracious as always, but disappointed that he was "unable to show his stuff" ....... I remember thinking; ...bloody hell Stuart, what other tricks can you do!?!

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