Cloud cover on a warm evening tends to be thought of as ideal speedway weather and that is exactly what we had at Max Motors Family Speedway when the Lucas Oil Superstock series rolled into town. With the current NZ champion, GP, NI, World 240 and 248 winners in the field there was plenty of class and that is just Shane Penn we have mentioned so far. Local hopes rested with 89W Dale Robertson, 146W Allen Levien, 54W Mike Pye and Palmy registered but locally adopted 95P Clive Elliot.
Fourteen cars faced the starter in Heat One. 54W Mike Pye had a front row start but got pushed into the wall on the first corner and dropped to the back. 93P James Soane appears to have developed a liking for the Te Marua track as he took up the running, putting in consistently quick lap times. The only one that had the pace on Soane was 1NZ Shane Penn, who eventually found his way past and went on to take the chequered flag. Behind them North Island champion 32P Graeme Barr and former Stockcar 1NZ 89W Dale Robertson had a great battle with Robertson taking third place.
In Heat Two 1NZ Shane Penn started from the front grid and with his form this season there are no prizes for guessing where he finished, taking his second chequered flag of the night. 57P Dave Tarrant is considering retirement, which given his entertainment value as he put 32P Graeme Barr up the wall, won’t be a retirement we spectators want to see. 93P James Soane and 89W Dale Robertson battled for 2nd with 89W getting there in the end. Unfortunately for Soane a last lap spin dropped him down to seventh with 71P Shane Mellsop coming through in third.
Heat Three produced what the locals where hoping for, a Wellington win. 146W Allen Levien has been showing real pace in his Heyburn-built T-MAC this season and took a well-deserved win. 4P Chad Ace is a young driver that has a great future ahead of him. He chased Levien hard and was right on his tail by the chequered flag with 71P Shane Mellsop again taking third.
Sixth place in the heat was enough to give Shane Penn the Round win, joining him on the podium was Dale Robertson who took fifth in the heat and Chad Ace whose second in the heat was enough for him to take third overall.
The Superstocks had another race to round out the evening with Chad Ace taking the win from Shane Penn and yet another very promising Palmerston North youngster 17P Kenley Brown coming third.
We also saw Paul Gaskin turn some laps in the 95 of Clive Elliot in preparation for the Teams Nationals next weekend where we will be joining the other keen local supporters in cheering on the Century Distributors Wellington Wildcats.
The other feature on the programme was the Bragging Rights Minisprint Shield, a one race, four on four, between Wellington represented by 11W James Hadley, 4W Shane Simpson, 26W Scott Woodhouse and44W Nathan Timoko and Palmerston North represented by 11P Robert Orr, 4P Karl McGill, 72P Stephen Buys and 9P Chris Ash. As the green flag fell, 11P Robert Orr showed the value of his regular visits to Max Motors Family Speedway as he shot into the lead and left the rest in his wake. 4W Shane Simpson took second, but with 4P Karl McGill and 72P Stephen Buys filling the next two spots the “Bragging Rights” well and truly belonged to Palmerston North on the night.
The Tommy’s Real Estate sponsored class had three more races with 4P Karl McGill, 26W Scott Woodhouse and 4W Shane Simpson the race winners.
The Hirepool Stockcars had 34P Rob Mason visiting, Grant Littlewood again piloting the 46W and making his speedway debut, 54W Kayne McDonald who has purchased Malcolm Ayers car, and acquitted himself reasonably well. Richard Gaskin won the first two races with 371P Benji Sneddon claiming the 2nd spot in all three races. In the third race Jason Kinsey took a run in the 247W Tri-rail of Jason Severn and found it obviously to his liking as he stormed home for 1st.
The Kerry Lindsay Engine Rebuilders Ministocks hosted visitors from Palmerston North 32p Rebecca Barr, 72P David Lowe and regular 247P Dave Marshall. Sam Smith took over the controls of sister Emma’s 10W and showed improving form throughout the night. Brad McGee stepped into the ex-Jarrod Lindsay 4B and performed creditably. Winners on the night were 36W Jacob Free, 247P Dave Marshall and 55W Todd McLachlan.
The CDC Concrete Streetstocks again proved to be crowd-pleasers as they turned on the action. In a repeat of last week 18W Clive Rogers and 66W Barry Parsons again locked horns and cars on the front straight with the same result, a two car tango. The first race saw the 5P Mark Spiers lead for nearly the whole race only to be spun from his place on the penultimate lap by the 6W Dave Spiers and end retired in the infield for the final lap and the rest of the night. Dave Spiers claimed the chequered flag for both the first two races with Andrew Burns again behind the wheel of the 81W taking out the third race.
Numbers were down again in the C & M Modifieds mainly due to the fact that 17W Jonas England preferred to go on honeymoon rather than race. The first race saw 57W Ben Cawthra and 15W Peter Holmes come together in a race incident that further reduced the field when Cawthra retired to his trailer for the night. 4W Paul Hodson was the class act of the night taking three from three.