Fans wit­ness ex­cit­ing races in Huntly

North Waikato News - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - ALLAN POW­ELL

‘‘As the new team, Gis­borne was up against it from the start with Strat­ford prov­ing to be too strong and tak­ing the win’’

Speed­sters had a lucky es­cape from the rain as the sky cleared for the first night of the Waikato Sand­blast­ing Stock Car Teams Invitation event on November 18.

Eight teams took to the track with the first being a grudge match be­tween Waikato Raiders which gave big hits but couldn’t get past win­ners Auck­land Al­ley Cats set­ting the tone for the night.

The 2014 cham­pi­ons Strat­ford Storm­ers took on the Gis­borne Gla­di­a­tors in the sec­ond race.

As the new team, Gis­borne was up against it from the start with Strat­ford prov­ing to be too strong and tak­ing the win.

In the third race, Ro­torua Ras­cals won against Wan­ganui Vul­cans.

Half way through the night, Palmer­ston North Pu­mas put for­ward four fast cars which helped lead the way against Meea­nee Maulers from Hawkes Bay.

Next up was Auck­land ver­sus Strat­ford, this time Auck­land trashed Strat­ford and gained enough points to qual­ify for the semi-fi­nals.

In the next event, Waikato was too strong and had top points in its group.

The re­match of Wan­ganui and Meea­nee ended with a dif­fer­ent re­sult as Wan­ganui was too strong and shot them­selves into the semi-fi­nals.

Dur­ing the last teams rac­ing, Palmer­ston got the main Ro­torua block car up the wall and went onto win claim­ing the fourth spot in the semi-fi­nals.

While fi­nals were set for the next night, rain forced rac­ing to be held on November 20 in­stead.

In the first semi-fi­nals with Waikato and Wan­ganui, 24H Ali Van Am­s­ter­dam rolled 2NZ Dion Mooney giv­ing Waikato a great chance lead­ing up to the last lap.

Two Waikato cars went to the wall and 22V Scott McIn­tosh drove be­tween the cars to take the win leav­ing Waikato fans dis­ap­pointed.

Win­ning the next semi-fi­nals, Auck­land kept up good pace and won against Palmer­ston North.

Rac­ing for third and fourth, Palmer­ston North and Waikato faced off in a bru­tal race with 33P Luke Miers lead­ing un­til Miers was driven into the wall hard by 16H Mal­colm Read.

In the end Waikato took a wellde­served win for fans.

It was the same deal in the fi­nal of Wan­ganui ver­sus Auck­land as McIn­tosh and 42V Steve Read both walled heav­ily.

Auck­land’s 338A Kee­gan Orr helped the team be­come Waikato Sand­blast­ing Ser­vices Stock car team’s cham­pi­ons.

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