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Track: Rotorua
Date: Friday 19 January 2007
Event: 21st Annual World Invitation Superstock Champs - Qualifying
Pictures & reporting by Mike Pollard


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Rotorua - 19 January 2007
21st Annual World Invitation Superstock Champs - Qualifying

Pictures & reporting by Mike Pollard

21st Annual World Invitation Superstock Champs - Qualifying

3 x groups with the top 6 x drivers from each to qualify for tomorrows finals.

Blue Group
Heat 1
#192r Kyle Fraser was quick to lead whilst #24h Warren Burkhart was being turned around. #86h Kris Allen and #118r Bryce Steiner were chasing after #192r Fraser without really challenging, and #38r Ross Ashby found himself being spun by a huge pack of cars, with #515r Stan Hickey getting in the final hit to get on to the scoresheet.

1.#192r Kyle Fraser 2.#86h Kris Allen 3.#118r Bryce Steiner 4.#58p Peter Bengston 5.#14n Dale Ewers 6.#515r Stan Hickey

Heat 2
#58p Bengston and #515r Hickey fought each other for this one, with #14n Dale Ewers never far behind. The finish became even more interesting when #94p Roydon Collingwood fought through the pack and challenged the leaders for the last couple of laps.

1.#515r 2.#58p 3.#94p Roydon Collingwood 4.#14n 5.#192r 6.#86h

Heat 3
#16a Aaron Headington and 58p Bengston were quick to shake off the attentions of the pack whilst #97r Craig Patrick was circulating slowly and looking for somebody, with that somebody turning out to be #515r Hickey! It took a couple of passes for #97r Patrick to get it right, but in the end he did, sending #515r Hickey crashing out of the world 240 good style. At the front #58p Bengston was up past #16a Headington and cruising to victory.

1.#58p 2.#16a Mark Headington 3.#38r Ross Ashby 4.#94p 5.#192r 6.#14n

Green Group
Heat 1
#5r Laurence Christini and #5v Darryl Taylor fought side by side for the lead until the reds came out to extricate #351a Paul Vazey from the wall. The two leaders had a small gap over a huge pack of cars, but the result was decided when #5r Christini spun handing the win to #5v Taylor.

1.#5v Darryl Taylor 2.#2nz Peter Rees 3.#74r Jeff Mohi 4.#337r Darcy Hunter 5.#7r Dayne Wright 6.#16c Mark Osborne

Heat 2
Leaders #7r Wright and #16c Osborne tangled on the first lap, handing the lead to #13b Marty Brandt who was spun by a large mob of cars on the back straight, with the lead going to #5v Taylor closely followed by 98p Craig Humphries and #337r Darcy Hunter. #98p Humphries got it all wrong and lost a place when trying to put a lap on the tail-enders. the win again going to #5v Taylor with #337r Hunter welded to his back bumper.

1.#5v 2.#337r 3.#98p Craig Humphries 4.#62r Neville Stanaway 5.#5r Laurence Christini 6.#2nz

Heat 3
In a very fast race, #337r Hunter and #2nz Rees were first to show, with #337r Hunter managing to pull away leaving #2nz Rees to fight with #5r Christini for most of the race before #5r Christini blew it on the last lap.

1.#337r 2.#2nz 3.#16c 4.#74r Jeff Mohi 5.#62r 6.#5v

Red Group
Heat 1
#53p Kevan Roberts was first to show and opened a small gap before being caught by the likes of #816h Wayne Lucey, #96h Scott Redfern and #99r Mark Decke. #8p Scott Miers left himself with a lot to do after collecting a flat early on following a tangle with #29c Murray Greig. Up front the Huntly duo of #816h Lucey and #96h Redfern continued to have a great dice for the lead with #96h Redfern nipping up the inside at the death, to take the win.

1.#96h Scott Redfern 2.#816h Wayne Lucey 3.#66r Steve Hampton 4.#99r Mark Decke 5.#53p Kevan Roberts 6.#19r Andrew Harvey

Heat 2
#66r Hampton and #28h Glenn Drabble shot through the pack on lap 1 and were never challenged. Behind these two, #8p Miers and #19r Andrew Harvey were having a great scrap, with #8p Miers eventually seeing off the challenge after the reds came out for the stranded car of #99r Decke.

1.#66r 2.#28h Glenn Drabble 3.#8p Scott Miers 4.#96h 5.#3nz Shane Penn 6.#53p

Heat 3
Reds out immediatly for a large group of cars that found themselves in a pile-up on the back straight. The fracas taking out fancied runners #816h Lucey and #28h Drabble. #3nz Shane Penn and 99r Decke fought tooth and nail for this one, culminating in a fantastic dash for the line amidst the smoke of #19r Harvey, who had been billowing for the last couple of laps.

1.#3nz 2.#99r 3.#85h Jared Wade 4.#224 Wayne Talbot 5.#29c Murray Greig 6.#53p

Run-off
#8p Miers lurched forward at the green to block #28h Drabble, and after a bit of pushing and shoving, #8p Miers stormed off into the distance with #28h Drabble chasing. #28h Drabble parked up, but offered little resistance to #8p Miers on his way past to qualification. #28h Drabble obviously preferring to take his chances off the front of tomorrow's repercharge, rather than risk spending all night repairing his car!

Overseas Practice
Sadly it was left to the Brits to provide the overseas challenge, but there were 5 x of them, with uk #337 Dave Willis a late entry in the #138r car. All drivers lining up on the centre green and joining with the crowd in observing a minutes silence, following the tragic loss to the Lund family.

The Brits "raced" amongst themselves, and although all were feeling their way in the first, they were definately racing each other in the rest. #55r Frankie Wainman Jnr and #391uk Andy Smith were the class acts ahead of #138r Dave Willis and #218uk Derek Fairhurst, with #231uk Mark Peters struggling to come to grips with his steed.

Race 1
1.#55r Frankie Wainman Jnr 2.#391uk Andy Smith 3.#138r Dave Willis 4.#218uk Derek Fairhurst 5.#231uk Mark Peters

Race 2
1.#55r 2.#391uk 3.#138r 4.#218uk 5.#231uk

Race 3
1.#391uk 2.#55r 3.#218uk 4.#138r 5.#231uk

Cars racing
Superstocks 51
Stockcars 25
Minisprints 19
Streetstocks 18



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