Rotorua - Thursday 29
Superstock Grand Prix
Report and pictures by Mike Pollard
Hello and welcome to Rotorua for part three of
the New Zealand superstock grand prix.
There are normally 4 x major championships for each class. The NZ champs, the North
Island, the South Island and the Grand Prix.
Qualifying was held on the 27/12/05 with the finals scheduled for the following day. Rain
stopped play on finals day after just one of the 3 x championship heats, so its back on
the 29th to carry on from where they left off, with the Heat 1 result standing.
Result from 28-12-05
1.#96h Scott Redfern 2.#72p Simon Joblin 3.#2nz Rodney Wood 4.#19c Malcolm Ngatai 5.#71k
Tony Wooten 6.#337r Darcy Hunter
#10p Peter Rees having suffered roll cage damage the night before was the only non-starter
leaving 25 x cars to do battle. On the green #5r Lawrence Christini spins at the front
leaving #28k Grant Mytton to lead for a second or two before #515r Stan Hickey barges up
the inside. #591p Wayne Hemi manages to get it all wrong and loses loads of ground. #28k
Mytton and #7r Dayne Wright tangle whilst battling for 2nd, leaving #515r Hickey well out
in front and now being chased by the recovered #591p Hemi who is battling with #14n Dale
Ewers, with this duo being chased hard by #96h Scott Redfern and #62r Neville Stanaway who
spins losing heaps of time. Red flags are suddenly out as the rear wheel guard gets ripped
from the #74r Jeff Mohi car which had been parked across the track for a number of laps.
On the green Hickey is miles in front, but behind him Hemi, #8p Scott Miers, #68r Peter
Fleming and #14n Dale Ewers are all scrapping over the same peice of track for lap after
lap with Hemi being the most victorious.
1.#515r Stan Hickey 2.#591p Wayne Hemi 3.#119r Kerry Remnant 4.#71k 5.#14n Dale Ewers
6.#62r Neville Stanaway.
Top of the points going into the decider showed Kihikihi surprise package #71k Tony Wooten
on 45pts just one ahead of #2nz Rodney Wood 44pts with #119r Kerry Remnant back on 39pts.
If either #71k Wooten or #2nz Wood could put in a strong finish, then they were gonna be
in with a shout. The odds favoured Woods as with so many Rotorua drivers out there Wooten
was going to do well to survive! The start proved interesting as Wood tangled with #62r
Neville Stanaway losing lots of spots in the process. Wooten was having a hard time as
well, with #92r Kyle Fraser doing his best to stop him. Up front early leader #51v Darryl
Taylor had to give way to #337r Darcy Hunter with #48h Dave Roigard in the mix as well.
#515 Stan Hickey started to slow down and was looking for Wooten. Fair enough, around
comes Wooten who immediately finds himself heading to the wall at a fair rate of knots,
courtesey of the Hickey bumper. A sterling effort from the Kihikihi driver who carried on
for a short while before Hickey delivered the killer blow. Wood was tearing up the track
in order to gain an extra place or two. Despite a late lunge from #48h Roigard the 3rd
place by Wood was enough for overall victory.
1.#337r 2.#591p 3.#2nz 4.#48h Dave Roigard 5.#119r 6.#135r Scott Hewson
A 3 x way tie for 3rd place saw #48h Dave Roigard, #71k Tony Wooten and #96h Scott Redfern
take to the track. #71k Wooten was 1st away as #48h Roigard tried to nail him on the 1st
bend, which somehow resulted in #96h Redfern coming off worst. Wooten was away, and while
the Huntly drivers exchanged places a time or two, it was Wooten who took the flag for a
very richly deserved 3rd place overall.
1.#2nz Rodney Wood 68pts 2.#119r Kerry Remnant 61pts 3.#71k Tony Wooten 54pts.
A series of races for the Grand Prix non-qualifiers gave the following results
1.#166r Bryce Steiner 2.#52r Mike Herbert 3.#816h Wayne Lucey 4.#22r Wayne Talbot 5.#83h
6.# 97r Craig Patrick
1.#97r 2.#38r 3.#55b Tony True 4.#52r 5.#166r 6.#83h
1.#55b 2.#52r 3.#816h 4.#38r 5.#83h 6.#166r