Superstock Team Champs - Finals Night
07 February 2009
Pictures by Mike Pollard and reporting by Alan Skayman
Day 2 Finals Night.
After finishing second in the Group the best the Lions could hope for now was third place.
To achieve this they had to beat the Hawkes Bay Hawkeyes and in doing so score more points
than the other 2nd place teams from the first night. The Lions were the second race on
after Wanganui beat Christchurch by 140 points to nil in what was probably the most brutal
race of the weekend. Dion Mooney for Wanganui made history by rolling twice on 2 separate
So next up for the Lions was the Hawkeyes, unfortunately for them they only had four cars
make it to the track and then on the practice laps the 33B car lost its rear suspension so
it was going the Lions way. The Brits kept the same format as before with Stuart on inside
front alongside Ian Barron, with Tony True on the second row and Craig Owens on row 3.
Mick again sat out the race. It turned out be an almost walkover with the Brits taking the
first three places and of the three Hawkes Bay cars only one finished due to the attacking
efforts of Tom. The finishing order was Smith, Wainman, Taylor (all finishing within 2
seconds of each other) followed by Barron. This had given the Lions 165points against the
Hawkeyes 20 points and put them through to a race for 3rd/4th place against the Stratford
Scrappers who had just lost to the Panthers in their Semi Final.
Lions vs. Scrappers.
The team that got a driver across the line first would gain 3rd place overall and again
the Brits kept the winning formula with Stuart at the front and Tom at the rear. For
Stratford Jordy Keene started on the front with Gary Worthington on row 2, Mark Coxhead on
3 and Matt Boulton at the rear. From the start Frankie was their main target and he was
brought to a halt just out of turn 2. Stuart was away from the drop of the green and Keen
was in hot pursuit. However the tactics of Mark and Tom were able to stop the Stratford
cars from getting to Stuart. The final nail for Stratford was when Tom walled Keene on lap
twelve and the Poms were home to a well deserved 3rd place overall. Their victory lap was
met with a standing ovation by the vast majority of the crowd.
The Final was a bit of an anticlimax with the Panthers showing why they are so good
comfortably beating the Nelson Tigers.
At the presentation the British Lions were also given the first Spike Richardson Memorial
Trophy for the most entertaining team. So a fairytale ending to a fantastic weekends
racing. The team would like to thank all of their helpers, sponsors (Teng Tools, Racetech,
, 1st Signs, Lintern Engineering, The Grand, Richard Baldwin Motorhomes, Team Manager-
Tony Machlanachan, the loan of the cars (Graeme Barr, Dave Tarrant, Scott Miers, Phil
Ogle) with special thanks to the Miers family and team. Also a special mention goes to Guy
Parker without who none of this would have been possible, a few more grey hairs have
developed since he took this project on and made it happen.