Young Sam Doyle had his best result in a Stockcar when he took out the annual George Podjursky Memorial Trophy on a blustery afternoon at OceanView speedway. Since shifting up from Ministocks, Doyle has shown at times that he has the ability to mix it with the best and his performance this afternoon was testament to that talent. Having had a run already with the Vulcans, the result will do his future chances of club representation no harm.

George Podjursky Memorial

The event is listed as a Stockcar/Superstock combined event but recent titles have been dominated by stockcars with Jordan Dare last season and Gerry Linklater the year before. And with only two Superstocks up against the 21 Stockcars lined up the result was no foregone conclusion. In the end 5V Darryl Taylor missed the first heat having arrived late from the World 240's in Rotorua and 35V Mick Paul only lasted the first heat with telltale smoke signals emerging from the motor. Otherwise the dozen locals were joined by 5 Stratford cars and 4 Palmerston North cars.

Since the last meeting on 18th December the track had some fresh clay laid, which had been packed in. With a new surface it often takes time for it to bed in and although the track held up for half of the meeting it started to rut quite badly in the corners so no doubt this will get sorted in coming weeks.

Heat One.

Sam Doyle made the most of a good marble draw to be in the hunt early on. A red light thrown at around 7 laps down closed the field up with 229S Kylee Symes and 99P Ron Tye on the youngsters tail. The reds had been thrown as 35V Mick Paul and 6V Dion Mooney had become tangled up in turn 3. Doyle's driving style of his right arm gripping the window frame opened a few eyes but it must be effective. From the re-start Symes claimed the lead but Doyle executed a nice spin to take back the ace position - only to see Tye nip through to take over and subsequently be first to salute the chequered flag. Further back in the field young Jayden Ward was turning heads in his 971P as he clicked over an impressive 17.7523 sec fastest lap to make up solid ground. The result was however protested as Doyle felt that Tye had gained an advantage under the red light stoppage. The referees agreed and the first two placings were swapped around with Doyle first and Tye second.

Heat Two.

The second stanza and 321V Hilton Parker made good use of his draw to scoot away in to the lead. A stoppage after 4 laps removed Mooney (again) who had been heavily walled in turn 3 by Symes. After the re-start the shape of the race changed as Parker struggled with a flat tyre (as did Tye). Young Ward was not given a second chance and once again he impressed in roaring away for an easy win clocking a fastest time for the stockcars again in 17.5157 sec. 898S Sandy Flett had driven quietly to take second ahead of the quick 89V Blair Lockett. By now, Darryl Taylor had arrived and after imposing a handicap upon himself he roared through the field to clock 17.1359 sec on his quickest lap - the 5V appears to have its' mojo back.

So after two heats there emerged 4 realistic chances - Flett and Doyle on 44 points with Ward on 43 and Lockett on 40.

Heat Three.

Both Lockett and Doyle had the best marbles to work with and they were quickly in the groove running 1 & 2 after 4 laps. 24V Wayne Wright sat in behind Doyle to ride shotgun for the youngster as the Wanganui contingent worked together. Flett was having all sorts of trouble with 97P Graeme Ward who was doing his best to help out son Jayden. Wanganui was further helped by Taylor chewing through the field to take up valuable points to eventually finish third - once again impressing with a 17.0191 sec quickest lap. But with Graeme Ward kept busy battling Flett and Tye unable to assist the younger Ward it was a case of Doyle keeping his cool to cross in second to claim the title. Lockett was his usual efficient self to take 2nd overall ahead of the impressive Jayden Ward (one of a stream of youngsters emerging through the ranks in Palmerston North that include Jordan Dare, Josh Prentice, Asher Rees, Darrel Wallace, Jack Miers etc to name but a few).

Points Table:-

 

 

George Podjursky Memorial 2011-12

 

 

 

 

 

Pos

Car

Driver

H1

H2

Sub

H3

Total

1

51V

Sam Doyle

24

20

44

23

67

2

89V

Blair Lockett

18

22

40

24

64

3

971P

Jayden Ward

19

24

43

19

62

4

99P

Ron Tye

23

13

36

20

56

5

898S

Sandy Flett

21

23

44

11

55

6

132S

Justin Robinson

17

17

34

18

52

7

31V

Bryan Kilkolly

15

19

34

16

50

8

321V

Hilton Parker

16

14

30

17

47

9

5V

Darryl Taylor (Superstock)

DNS

21

21

22

43

10

24V

Wayne Wright

20

 

20

21

41

11

97P

Graeme Ward

DNS

18

18

12

30

12

134S

Daniel Nagle

 

16

16

13

29

13

19V

Tim Howes

14

 

14

14

28

14

11V

Richard Sorenson

 

11

11

15

26

15

229S

Kylee Symes

22

 

22

 

22

16

11S

Brody Kelsen

 

15

15

 

15

17

35V

Mike Paul (Superstock)

13

DNS

13

DNS

13

18

71V

Michael Larsen

 

12

12

 

12

19=

6V

Dion Mooney

 

 

0

DNS

0

19=

8V

Willie Manson

 

DNS

0

DNS

0

19=

34P

Rob Mason

 

DNS

0

DNS

0

19=

54V

Heath Hammett

 

 

0

DNS

0

19=

76V

Jason Wilson

 

DNS

0

DNS

0

A Feature race was also held where Taylor was too powerful for his Stockcar rivals. The biggest moment featured Doyle who would have been slightly embarrassed when his attack on 11S Brody Kelsen lacked a bit of timing resulting in thin air until he ploughed head first in to the concrete in turn three. And in the Grand Slam finale things were spiced up a bit when the starters were made to back out from the wall before heading off - Taylor again to the fore.

Feature: 1. 5V Darryl Taylor. 2. 97P Graeme Ward. 3. 89V Blair Lockett. 4. 24V Wayne Wright. 5. 19V Tim Howes. 6. 34P Rob Mason Fastest Lap 5V 17.6267 sec. 89V 18.0495 sec.

Grand Slam. 1. 5V. 2. 971P Jayden Ward. 3. 97P. 4. 11S Brody Kelsen. 5. 24V. 6. 229S Kelvin Goode. Fastest Lap: 5V 17.5117 sec. 971P 17.6392 sec.