Westcoast Streetstocks Champs
10 April 2011
Reporting by Roger Morrison and pictures by Mike Pollard
Stratford's John Young emerged as West Coast Streetstock
champion and Palmerston North's Karl McGill the winner of the Adult
Ministock Invasion on a busy afternoon at Oceanview Speedway. Added to this,
Stratford's Sandy Flett and Wanganui's Wayne Wright teamed up to claim the
Stockcars Best Pairs title on offer.
West Coast Streetstock Champs
Bevan Johnston has worked hard to get the Streetstock class established at
Wanganui and at times the on field action has been hampered by small fields.
So it was a treat to get a full field of 15 cars line up for the West Coast
Champs. There was a bit of spice in the field with inter-track rivalry on
the cards with cars from Rotorua, Kihikihi, Stratford, Palmerston North,
Wanganui and Wellington. The class came in the form of 11R Stephen de
Malmanche who has three times been 2NZ and twice 3NZ without ever gaining
the no. 1 door mounting. He has also placed well at North Island Champs and
has one a New Zealand Streetstock Grand Prix. But with no track support it
was going to be tough for de Malmanche to hold off some experienced
campaigners on his own.
First blood to the Stratford connection with 51S Russell Gorrie emerging as
winner over long time campaigner 4P Dean Dingwall and 33K Gary Smith. Of the
chasing pack, 22V Clint Lyford looked the best of the locals while de
Malmanche was finding life difficult on an unfamiliar track.
8S Wayne Barron put it all together to clear out and win by over half a lap
from the consistent Gorrie who in turn had a good gap back to the quick 6S
John Young. So after two heats Gorrie topped the points charts with 29 ahead
of Young on 25 and 888S Richard Kettle and Smith who were both on 23. The
Stratford contingent were looking good.
The field was now down to 13 as they lined up on the grid. The first lap saw
mayhem break out on the back straight with the Wanganui drivers in the thick
of it. The major casualty was points leader Gorrie who suffered enough
damage to seem him coast infield shortly thereafter. The race was pure
mayhem with hits constantly going in. de Malmanche avoided the carnage to
claim the win ahead of Smith and Young. The likes of Wanganui's Ian Barron
and Bevan Johnston made life hell for everyone without a V on the door and
it was great entertainment for the fans.
Young had emerged on top by the barest of margins ahead of Smith. A run-off
was required for third and Wayne Barron was too strong for Kettle.
Another meager turnout for the speed machines with only 35V Mick Paul/Mark
Cromarty, 45S Stephen Guilford and 79P Kerry Humphrey on deck. They were
added to the Stockcars starting a lap down in their own contest.
Race One: 1. 79P Kerry Humphrey. 2. 45S Stephen Guilford. 3. 35V Mick Paul.
Race Two: 1. 79P. 2. 35V Mark Cromarty.
Feature: 1. 45S. 2. 79P. 3. 35V Mick Paul.