Youth Ministock Challenge
Saturday 15 March 2008
Pictures & reporting by Mike Pollard
Even I, was intrigued by the Ministock feature
race, where a "fastest at the front" grid clearly showed which parents were out
in front, in terms of spending money. Nonetheless, the front runners were really motoring,
and recording lap times on a par with the leading Stockcars.
The feature for me though; was the 1st time appearance of the #64p Kev Smith Superstock,
who had the "luxury" of debuting the car whilst the top Superstock drivers were
down in the South Island. where, an over wet track, amazingly caused by the water truck;
meant that the meeting was abandoned early on ......I keep tellin 'em to get some shale!
H1. Kev elected to start at the rear and by race end had passed a few, but had been passed
by race winner #77p Wayne Norris. Given the fact that sparks were continually appearing
from the back end which was grounding at times; the car looked to have lots of potential,
as #64p Smith recorded an 11th place finish.
H2.(all in) The superstocks Started in front of the Stockcars, and so #64p Smith was
forced to start mid-pack. A change of rear shocks, seemed to make little difference, as
although the sparks were much reduced, it was still low down at the right rear.
Nevertheless, the only car to pass, was race winner #8p Scott Miers who was driving like a
demon in this one.
Kev started on the 2nd row, and kept his place throughout, despite a tough battle with #7b
Shane Mellsop and with a car that was starting to bunny hop when pushed hard. #64p Smith
finishing the feature in 3rd place behind winner #57p Dave Tarrant and 2nd placed; #9p
38 Jnr Ministocks
14 TQ Midgets