Rotorua - Saturday 14
World 240's for Superstocks
Reporting & pictures by Mike Pollard
25 x finalists had
been found the previous evening, with just one to go through from the repecharge to
complete the big grid line-up.
Hello and welcome to Rotorua for the 20th Annual World Invitation Superstock Champs.
A fast race which was largely uneventful, except for the fact that it was won by #14n Dale
Ewers who fought off a determined Auckland effort to become the South Islands' sole
representative in the world 240.
1.#14n Dale Ewers 2.#4a 3.#414a 4.#11a 5.#33r 6.#68r
#55r Frankie Wainman Junior sits on pole, and at the green blasts away from the grid. End
of the 1st lap, and just as FWJ flashes past the reds come out for #48h Dave Roigard who
is on his roof, with #7r Dayne Wright appearing to be the most responsible. Green flag
again, as #2nz Rodney Wood and #14n Dale Ewers tangle with other, take to the grass, and
rejoin at the back of the pack. A bit of a moment for FWJ as #5r Laurence Christini forces
the #55r infield, but is otherwise untroubled as he storms round to the chequered.
1.#55r Frankie Wainman Junior 2.#515r Stan Hickey 3.#72p Simon Joblin 4.#62r Neville
Stanaway 5.#337r Darcy Hunter 6.#86h Kris Allen
No #h007 Dave Schaap in this one as #515r Stan Hickey leads them away from #62r Neville
Stanaway as #7r Dayne Wright gets hooked over the bonnet of #28h Glenn Drabble and is sent
flying through the air in an horrific looking end over end flip, sending shrapnel
everywhere, landing on his roof, and requiring the ambulance to be called on track. 5 x
laps into the resumption of the race and #515r Hickey gets it all wrong whilst in lapped
traffic and is spun by #43aus Dean Hawkins, and loses loads of places to the leaders, who
are now headed by #62r Stanaway. One lap later and #55r FWJ who started mid pack is up
past Stanaway and into the lead, and on his way to another chequered flag.
1.#55r 2.#62r 3.#98p Craig Humphries 4.#8p Scott Miers 5.#337r 6.#72p
A quick check of the points shows #55r FWJ 4 points ahead of #62r Stanaway with the rest a
long way back. Surely Frankie only has to finish within sight of Stanaway for his 3rd
world 240? FWJ starts at the very back in this one, but with the majority of the grid out
to stop him, this is probably the safest place to start!
#337r Darcy Hunter is first to show, but #8p Scott Miers spins and rejoins at the back,
just behind Wainman! Then, before there was even a chance to become dissapointed, FWJ
pulls onto the middle at turn 4, thrutches the car back and forward a few times before
calling it a night. Wainman had received an innocuous looking push into the wall from
#119r Kerry Remnant, but it was enough to bend the front bumper end back so that it fouls
the front wheel! #337r Hunter is still up front but now has #135r Scott Hewson right on
him. #66r Steve Hampton is spun whilst running 3rd, promoting #72p Simon Joblin up a
place, whilst #43aus Dean Hawkins and #h007 Dave Schaap battle each other wheel to wheel
for 4th. Drive of the race however has to be from #62r Stanaway who is matching all ther
others for pace despite having a collapsed front left corner which sends him clattering
into the wall on almost every lap. #135r Hewson is past #337r Hunter who loses even more
ground late on whilst duelling with #72p Joblin. Chequered falls on #135r Hewson from #72p
Joblin and #h007 Schaap.
1.#135r Scott Hewson 2.#72p 3.#h007 Dave Schaap 4.#337r 5.#43aus Dean Hawkins 6.#62r
Although it hardly seemed to bother him, the collapsed front of #62r Stanaway saw him lose
the World title by a solitary point to #72p Joblin, with reigning champion #337r Darcy
Hunter finishing 3rd. #55r FWJ despite a dnf in the 3rd finished as the best overseas
1.#72p Simon Joblin 70 points 2.#62r Neville Stanaway 69 pts 3.#337r Darcy Hunter 67 pts
#55r Frankie Wainman Jnr 52 pts
2 x consolation races were also held for the non-qualifiers, which gave the following
1.#414a 2.#24h 3.#73a 4.#33r 5.#11a 6.#68r
1.#414a 2.#68r 3.#4a 4.#11a 5.#92r 6.#18p
Disappointment for the travelling U.K. fans, but a great nights entertainment served up in
front of a large and appreciative crowd.