Rotorua - Friday 18
Words and pictures Mike Pollard
You just know when
you're close to paradise, you can smell it!
Hello and welcome to Sulphur City, aka Paradise Valley Raceway for the first Friday night
session of the season.
A club night tonight, which would appear to mean that anyone who is contracted to Rotorua
is welcome regardless of the formula. The downside to this is that there are a number of
classes running with just a few competitors, but the upside was the admission charge of of
just $5 (2 quid).
Visitors are also welcome, which meant that we also had races for the visiting super
saloons of #13m Murray Guy and #46e Patrick North who had come all the way from Blenheim
on the South Island.
#62r Neville Stanaway was quick away whilst at the back #816h Wayne Lucey managed to get
turned around but managed to rejoin just as #135r Scott Hewson retired. #6r Donald
Catchpole was running second ahead of the Kihikihi visitor #15k in third. 2 laps later and
Scott Hewson rejoins the fray for another half lap before retiring for the evening!
Neville Stanaway still in front from Donald Catchpole with #33r Robbie Mabey now up into
third ahead of the Kihikihi driver with #7r Dayne Wright chasing in 5th. Mabey forces
Catchpole into the wall and takes 2nd as Catchpole loses another place trying to recover.
#68r Peter Fleming spins, the Kihikihi driver retires, Neville Stanaway wins by a 1/4 lap
from Mabey and Wright.
1.#62r Neville Stanaway 2.#33r Robbie Mabey 3.#7r Dayne Wright 4.#6r Donald Catchpole
5.#151r Mike Raynel 6.#97r Craig Patrick.
Fun at the start as #151r Mike Raynel, #6r Donald Catchpole and #33r Robbie Mabey all end
up facing the wrong way before they manage to reach the green! whilst #62r Neville
Stanaway makes the break again, leading from #7r Dayne Wright and #68r Peter Fleming as a
few spots of rain start to fall. The rain gets no worse as Stanaway remains unchallenged
and wins again, this time from Wright and Fleming.
1.#62r 2.#7m 3.#68r Peter Fleming 4.#15k 5.#816h Wayne Lucey 6.#33r
Easily the best race of the night as #816h Wayne Lucey is first to show at the front as
#21r Michael Francis attempts to scrape the wall clean! Lucey ahead of #7r Wright, with
#62r Stanaway, #33r Mabey, #68r Fleming, #151r Raynel, #6r Catchpole, and #15k all in line
astern. Lucey still leads as Stanaway forces his way through into 2nd with Wright fighting
back for the position. Stanaway whilst still fighting off Wright manages to find a way
past Lucey and into the lead only to be blocked by the lapped Francis and finds himself
going back down to 3rd. Lucey back in front again as Stanaway moves past Wright and back
into 2nd. Lap after lap these three are together as once again Stanaway sees something
resembling a gap, and he's through once again to take the lead with Wright in tow as its
Lucey's turn to go from 1st to 3rd. White flag, all 3 are in with a shout as Stanaway goes
wide on turn 1, Lucey edges into 2nd, and going into turn 3 we have all x 3 side by side
as Stanaway takes the chequered for a clean sweep of victories, just ahead of Wright and
Lucey. An absolute cracker of a race.
1.#62r 2.#7r 3.#816h 4.#33r 5.#151r 6.#15k
Jnr Ministocks 36
Production Saloons 9
Super Saloons 2
Mini Sprints 2