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Stratford - Boxing Day 26 December 2005
Stratford Stormers v Wanganui Vulcans

Report and pictures by Mike Pollard

 

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Stratford - Boxing Day 26 December 2005
Stratford Stormers v Wanganui Vulcans

Report and pictures by Mike Pollard

Boxing Day presents: Taranaki Champs for the Ministocks, Olsen Memorial for Streetstocks, Teams race for the Stockcars and a Demolition Derby for the Derby Cars. The Superstocks and Modifieds ... well they had each other!

Stormers v Vulcans
It was looking very one sided right from the off as Stratford took to the arena with 8 x cars compared to the 4 of Wanganui!
Jay Knight and Paul Walker stood aside and allowed Josh Hancock, Warren Lowry, Blair Luscombe, Daniel Read and Tony Zehnder to fly the flag for Stratford in the matching #403-7 cars, whilst #686 Mark Coxhead jumped ship and joined the 4 x bravehearts from Wanganui, who were #27v Joshua Annabell, #49v Chris Annabell, #52v Francis Potaka and #888v Chris Flett.
At the green, a Stormer pulled away as the rest of the pack fought evenly between themselves. #888v Flett was first to retire permanently, and although the runner had been blocked effectively, the car advantage was proving to be the key until 3 x of the Stratford cars were sidelined for the loss of just #27v Joshua Annabell. Wanganui were in with a chance and may even have had a car advantage at one point, but they had left it late, and didnt have enough laps to stop the Stormers from taking the win.

Superstocks
Heat 1

A superfast race, with little of note except an attack on #95s Brian Booker by #7s Kyle Stove which saw Stove come off worst for his efforts, whilst #35s Neville Nolly raised the dust on his way to the win.

1.#35s Neville Nolly 2.#82s John Booker 3.#182s Paul Johnson 4.#55s Aaron Wilks 5.#14s Jeff See 6.#34s Pete Moseley

Heat 2
Well it turned out to be an awesome race, starting with #52s Aaron Wilks ahead of #7s Kyle Stove with #182s Paul Johnson and #53s Anthony O'Hanlon scrapping over third. Wilks spins leaving Stove to take it up, who is joined by Johnson, #82s John Booker and #35s Neville Nolly to make it a tremendous 4 x way battle for the lead. Stove goes wide and allows Johnson to take the lead, but only momentarily as #35s Neville Nolly showed his immense trackcraft by putting the bumper in at exactly the right moment which saw him rocket from 4th to 1st in one foul swoop! Johnson launched a huge hit on Stove which they both managed to survive. John Booker manages to find a way past Nolly as yet another driver leads the race. At the back the spinning car of #34s Pete Moseley gets clipped by the leader Booker who loses heaps of time and is overtaken by both Nolly and Stove as the lead changes for the last time. Booker has just enough time to catch Stove for a photo finish for 2nd, with the verdict going to Booker.

1.#35s 2.#82s 3.#7s Kyle Stove 4.#95s Brian Booker 5.#55s 6.#14s

Heat 3
After winning the previous two heats #35s Nolly decided to give himself a quarter lap handicap at the start.
So it was #55s Aaron Wilks to lead them away followed by #82s John Booker with #35s Nolly up to 3rd from his handicap as he completed the first lap! At the back #14s Jeff See tried to wall #34s Pete Moseley, but it was Moseley who forced See to the infield. Nolly was now past Booker for 2nd but received back an allmighty shunt from the #82s car who seemed most indignant at having been passed! Next lap and Nolly decides to slow to let Booker past, and latch on to his back bumper but Booker is quickly on the brakes as the #35s machine is forced to retire to the infield. A win for Wilks ahead of John Booker with the rest a very long way behind.

1.#55s 2.#82s 3.#95s 4.#53s Anthony O'Hanlon 5.#14s 6.#34s

Cars racing
Derby Cars 43
Stockcars 28
Ministocks 15
Streetstocks 9
Superstocks 9
Modifieds 7



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