Stratford - Opening Night
- 5 November 2005
Words and pictures Mike Pollard
The trouble with racing on
clay is that any more than a splash of rain and the surface becomes impossible to race on.
The weather to the West was looking bad, but to the East it was looking even worse. So it
was with some trepidation that i decided to go West and head toward Stratford!
As it happened, it turned out to be a beautiful spring night, just perfect for racing.
Stratford had decided during the winter, that minimum numbers were required for each
formula come race-night, and there were rumours of a more formal interchange betwen
Stratford and Wanganui. And so it came to pass that visitors from Wanganui and Wellington
helped to swell the numbers in both stockcar divisions, but unfortuntely the streetstocks
had to be dropped from the bill whilst the newly (re?)introduced modifieds were there with
just 4 x cars. Still, one of their number had hauled all the way from Wellington! A
relatively small field of ministocks, allthough perhaps not surprising as it seems that a
lot of last seasons pilots have moved up to the stockcar class. Midgets, complete with a
Kihikihi visitor rounded out the menu for the large crowd.
#46s Paul Jamieson and #95s Brian Booker tried to out-psyche each other at the start which
resulted in a number of cars tripping over each other and causing a false start.
2nd time of asking and its Paul Jamieson who gets the drop from #15v Morris Doyle who
moves quickly into 2nd and past Jamieson for the lead. Jamieson tries to retaliate by
swiping at the back bumper of Morris Doyle who manages to brush the attack aside. Just as
these two are opening up a gap over the pack, leader Doyle retires to the infield.
Jamieson slows and finds himself in 3rd place as #35s Neville Nolly sweeps through to 1st
with #818s Chris Hill travelling in his wake and up to 2nd.
A chance perhaps for Chris Hill to pressure for the lead as Nolly is in to the lapped
traffic, but no way is that going to happen as Nolly storms through the traffic in
impressive manner. Nolly wins from Hill with the rest a long way behind.
1.#35s Neville Nolly 2.#818s Chris Hill 3.#46s Paul Jamieson 4.#7s 5.#14s Jeff See
#818s Chris Hill looked like a man on a mission in this one as he catapulted himself away
from the start line, with only the #82s car capable of staying with him. As these two
pulled well clear there was fun and games further back, as #14s Jeff See, #95s Brian
Booker and #46s Paul Jamieson all argued over the same piece of track! #82s withdrew to
the centre green leaving Hill out on his own, only for him to tangle with a back marker
just before the finishing line! Hill was stalled but his lead was huge..............all
eyes looked back to see Brian Booker and Paul Jamieson locked together coming round the
4th turn, and just as they approached, Hill fired it up and lunged accross the line for
1.#818s 2.#95s Brian Booker 3.#46s 4.#7s 5.#14s
With no Neville Nolly to play with the result was'nt in doubt for very long as #818s Chris
Hill again stormed away from the start and blasted his way round the oval virtually
untroubled to win the city of New Plymouth classic. The only real incident saw #46s Paul
Jamieson left stranded in the middle of turn 2, giving it a big "thumbs down"
lap after lap and being largely ignored before the eventual red allowed him to seek
sanctuary on the centre green.
1.#818s 2.#14s 3.#95s 4.#7s
A good nights racing from the Superstocks, but once again the stars of the show were
probably the Stockcars who crashed and bashed their way through the evening. I actually
managed to miss their best race of the night! Well i'm assuming it was good because most
cars came back to the pits on the tow-truck, including one with a very sorry looking front
end! The reason I missed it? .... well i was carrying out a very delicate repair to the Rolling
Start camera............ many thanks to Jay Knight for use of the lump hammer!
Snr Ministocks 10