Stratford - Boxing Day 26
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.
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
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
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
Derby Cars 43