Fans witness exciting races in Huntly
‘‘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.