Stratford - 3 November
Taranaki Stockcar Champs
Pictures and reporting by Mike Pollard
The weather looked dodgy, and the meeting
opened to a very fine drizzle which had been consistent for some time.
The dark skies put off any potential visitors, with the lone exception of #9k Richard
Pearce from Kihikihi.
#38s Dean Patterson was first to lead in what turned out be a bruising race, before
succumbing to the very smart and very english looking #517s Mark Woods car. (perhaps not
surprising as a later inspection revealing this to be the latest creation from the Lintern
workshops). Unfortunately for Mark, the car suffered electrical problems for most of the
meeting and dropped down the order as #72s Bevan Phillips stormed to the front to take
victory ahead of #24s Tony Zehnder and #510s Jay Knight.
1.#72s Bevan Phillips 2.#24s Tony Zehnder 3.#510s Jay Knight 4.#79s Shane Hurliman 5.#221s
Josh Hancock 6.#225s Mark Christensen
#317s Murray Woods led another bruising race before being hauled in by #226s Blair
Luscombe. in a terrific scrap up front there was only these two in it as #317s Woods
managed to retake the lead from #226s Luscombe before the chequered. #510s Jay Knight took
another third to lead the points, just 2 ahead of #72s Bevan Phillips, with #221s Josh
Hancock a further point back in third.
1.#317s Murray Woods 2.#226s Blair Luscombe 3.#510s 4.#221s 5.#38s Dean Patterson 6.#39s
As the drivers set off the heavens opened up, and the cars soon started to slither around
the track. From here on in, the Taranaki Champs was all about survival. #72s Bevan
Phillips took to the conditions like a duck to water and opened up a huge lead, as he kept
his foot down and managed to bounce successfully off everything he came into contact with,
including #43s Dave Maxwell who required the reds after being "bounced" by #72s
Phillips. With points leader #510s Jay knight seemingly back in the pack, the title looked
to be going to #72s Phillips as he took the white flag. As so often is the case, nothing
is for certain in stockcar racing, as race leader #72s Phillips is suddenly facing the
wrong way out of turn 2 and unable to refire the engine. All eyes look down the track to
see #221s Josh Hancock inherit the lead and take the chequered ahead of #225s Mark
Christensen who was revelling in the muddy conditions. #72s Phillips finally got it moving
again, but like the rest of us would need to wait and see where he finished in this
extremely slow and difficult race, before the Taranaki champion could be confirmed.
1.#221s 2.#225s 3.#510s 4.#72s 5.#24s 6.#38s
The fourth place gained by #72s phillips was insufficient, as the title went to the most
consistent driver of the day, #510s Jay Knight who gained three x third places.
1.#510s-75pts 2.#221s-74pts 3.#72s-72pts 4.#24s-68pts 5.#225s-64pts
11 Snr Ministocks
3 Jnr Ministocks