Driv­ers fi­nally hit speed­way track

Stratford Press - - News - By JAR­ROD MAC­BETH

Af­ter the two pre­vi­ous meet­ings be­ing rained out, com­peti­tors were at last able to hit the track at Strat­ford Speed­way on Satur­day night.

A full pro­gramme with seven classes rac­ing en­sured the pits were packed to the brim. A large crowd was also on hand to wit­ness the rac­ing ac­tion and the fire­works spec­tac­u­lar.

Six of the seven classes were rac­ing for their City of New Ply­mouth Clas­sic events — the first tro­phies up for grabs this sea­son.

Be­van Phillips de­buted his new Lin­tern race­cars stock­car and found in­stant suc­cess when he won the Clas­sic for the class ahead of Wil­liam Hughes and Tyler Walker. A full field of 36 stock­cars took part in the rac­ing, en­sur­ing there was plenty of ac­tion and the top three placeget­ters cer­tainly earnt their places on the podium.

Duane Hick­man was once again in good form and won the midget event ahead of Michael Ken­dall and Greg Jones.

Ro­torua com­peti­tor Chris Shin­gle­ton was too quick for the lo­cals in the street­stock class and won their Clas­sic by a healthy five point mar­gin. Steve Reed was sec­ond and Matt Blinkhorne third.

Af­ter three fast paced races, Mark Hin­ton and Jar­rod Mac­Beth were tied on points for the sa­loon event. Hin­ton beat Mac­Beth in a run off to se­cure his place at the top of the podium. Hawke’s Bay com­peti­tor Josh Smith was third.

Hamish Booker won the Su­per­stock Clas­sic by just one point from Carl Shearer.

Lo­gan Sharpe, also de­but­ing a brand new Lin­tern car, claimed third spot af­ter beat­ing both Nik Kiser and Wil­liam Humphries in a three way run off.

Ly­dia Dick­in­son won the min­is­print event. Palmer­ston North racer Shane De­war was sec­ond and Bay­ley Betts third.

■ This Satur­day’s meet­ing will fea­ture the car­a­van/trailer derby as well as the mod­i­fied and adult min­i­s­tock City of New Ply­mouth Clas­sics, Sa­loon Plews Me­mo­rial and the Olsen Street­stock Me­mo­rial com­pe­ti­tions.

PHO­TOS/ ON SHOT PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Duane Hick­man won the Midget City of New Ply­mouth Clas­sic

Stock­car driver Bradley Pod­jursky found him­self point­ing the wrong way dur­ing rac­ing.

Lo­gan Sharpe de­buted a brand new su­per­stock and placed third in the City of New Ply­mouth Clas­sic af­ter beat­ing Nik Kiser and Wil­liam Humphries in a run off.

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