Speed­way back in ac­tion

Bush Telegraph - - NEWS - By STEVE CARLE

A new sea­son of speed­way is about to get un­der­way this week­end at the Robert­son Holden In­ter­na­tional Speed­way in Palmer­ston North this Satur­day night.

The Tararua dis­trict has a large con­tin­gent of driv­ers and rid­ers com­pet­ing over the next six months.

The Youth min­i­s­tock class for driv­ers start­ing at 12 up to 16, was set up as a feeder class to speed­way. Pahiatua has two driv­ers in this class, Rachel Brad­bury (29p) with three sea­sons un­der her belt, and sis­ter Amanda Brad­bury(45p) last year’s rookie along with Eketa¯ huna’s Wade Bengston (11p). From Dan­nevirke are Max Lowe (55p), sis­ter Holly Lowe (56p) and Jor­dan Adie (57p) who will be rac­ing his last sea­son in this class.

Con­sid­ered by some a Hot Dog class, they pro­vide spec­tac­u­lar rac­ing and crashes. The Brad­bury girls are no ex­cep­tion. At the penul­ti­mate round last sea­son Rachel was the first to roll, then Amanda had a spec­tac­u­lar roll in the next race. Rachel had an even more spec­tac­u­lar roll at the sea­son fi­nale the fol­low­ing week­end to the hor­ror of on­look­ing fam­ily. Rachel climbed from her car with a grin from ear to ear.

In the Adult min­i­s­tocks is Pahiatua’s Steven Sowry (29p) start­ing his sec­ond sea­son, cousin Aaron Sowry (73p), a vet­eran of six years in Min­i­s­tocks, who will be de­but­ing in the Min­is­print class this sea­son. Aaron’s fa­ther Bryce Sowry (93p) will be start­ing his fifth sea­son.

In the Stock­car ranks, from Pahiatua are Scott Ren­wick (7p), and brother Cameron (76p). Cameron is a sea­soned cam­paigner hav­ing come through the ranks of Youth Min­i­s­tocks and has of­ten been seen car­ry­ing the che­quered flag. Cameron has raced for the Palmer­ston North Steel­ers Stock­car team.

Stu Sowry (24p) has four sea­sons and found good form last sea­son to carry the che­quers five times. He raced for the Palmer­ston North Pu­mas Stock­car team at the NZ Teams in Auck­land. Brother Bryce Sowry (78p) is start­ing his sec­ond sea­son in the class.

From Woodville, Adam Mabey (64p) and Neil Co­ley (38p) will be there. Neil is a sea­soned driver with many years rac­ing and a crowd fa­vorite. If Neil isn’t putting some­one up the wall, which is en­cour­aged, some­one is putting him up. Neil has also rep­re­sented the Pu­mas Stock­car team in the past.

Con­sid­ered the pre­mier con­tact class is the Su­per­stocks. A leg­end in the sport is Eketa¯ huna’s Peter Bengston (58p). Peter raced stock­cars in his ear­lier days, and now has a huge fan base around the coun­try hav­ing won nu­mer­ous Su­per­stock ti­tles. He is a long­stand­ing mem­ber of the Palmer­ston North Pan­thers Su­per­stock Team win­ning the Teams champs sev­eral times. How­ever the one ti­tle still to elude Peter is the NZ Su­per­stock ti­tle hav­ing made 2NZ two years ago.

New to the class last year is Dan­nevirke’s David Lowe (722p). David came up through the Youth min­i­s­tocks too, and raced a stock­car for a few years be­fore step­ping up to the Su­pers last sea­son. In his first ma­jor race, David turned heads when he won the World 240s Global Chal­lenge in Palmer­ston North last Fe­bru­ary.

A class that of­ten puts on a good show, or at least has the crowd on the edge of their seats due to hav­ing no brakes, is the Side­car class. This class has a strong con­tin­gent of rid­ers from the Tararua, or ex-Tararua res­i­dents and is lit­tered with Bushrider mem­bers. Rus­sell Stu­art(1nzp), for­merly of Eketa¯ huna, is the cur­rent NZ, North Is­land and Manawatu¯ Cham­pion. Lo­cal Wayne Lett (2nzp) as his num­ber de­notes, is the cur­rent 2nz. Ab­sent from the track this year will be the fa­ther and son combo from Eketa¯ huna of Derek and Mathew Ram­say (6p) with Derek an­nounc­ing re­tire­ment af­ter sev­eral suc­cess­ful years in­clud­ing 1nz in the 16/17 sea­son and three times 3nz with Tony His­lop on the side. Tony His­lop (17p), is now on his own bike. Si­mon Win­del­born/ Austin Win­del­born (58p), won’t be back till mid sea­son af­ter a big crash last sea­son. Ben Franklin will no doubt be back on the side of a bike. New to the class is Stu Sowry(24p), with Dean Hard­ing swing­ing, also brother Craig Sowry (19p) with part­ner Lori swing­ing.

Rachel Brad­bury — 29p — proves you don’t need wings to fly.

Stu Sowry — 24p — at­tacks 2NZ Dion Mooney down the front straight.

Peter Bengston — 58p — was part of last sea­son’s ENZED Su­per­stock Teams Champs-win­ning Palmer­ston North Pan­thers team.

722p David Lowe set the fastest lap times in a big feild when he won the 248 Global Chal­lenge Cup at Palmer­ston North last sea­son.

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