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Rotorua - Thursday 29 December 2005
Superstock Grand Prix

Report and pictures by Mike Pollard

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Rotorua - Thursday 29 December 2005
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
Heat 1

1.#96h Scott Redfern 2.#72p Simon Joblin 3.#2nz Rodney Wood 4.#19c Malcolm Ngatai 5.#71k Tony Wooten 6.#337r Darcy Hunter

29-12-05
Heat 2

#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.

Heat 3
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

Run-off
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.

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
Ht1
1.#166r Bryce Steiner 2.#52r Mike Herbert 3.#816h Wayne Lucey 4.#22r Wayne Talbot 5.#83h 6.# 97r Craig Patrick
Ht2
1.#97r 2.#38r 3.#55b Tony True 4.#52r 5.#166r 6.#83h
Ht3
1.#55b 2.#52r 3.#816h 4.#38r 5.#83h 6.#166r

Cars racing
Superstocks 32
Stockcars 22
Ministocks 18
Minisprints 15
Modifieds 3



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