Mess and car­nage at derby

Stratford Press - - News - By JAR­ROD MACBETH

There was car­nage and mess dur­ing the an­nual Strat­ford Speed­way Car­a­van Derby on Satur­day night.

Eleven com­peti­tors com­peted in the 10-lap race which was taken out by Matt Hill who started out tow­ing a boat, but by the end only had a trailer left.

The race show­cased de­struc­tion at its best and left parts of car­a­vans and boats ly­ing all around the track.

Prior to that, there were four tro­phies up for grabs dur­ing the usual speed­way classes. Mod­i­fieds and adult min­i­s­tocks both made their first ap­pear­ances of the sea­son and raced for their City of New Ply­mouth Clas­sic events. Although he never won a race all night, New­ton Gordge’s con­sis­tency of three sec­ond plac­ings saw him win the Mod­i­fied Clas­sic by a four point mar­gin from Ai­den Craw­ford and Richard Pierce.

A first, third and sec­ond place fin­ishes over the three races was good enough for Bradley Korff to win the adult min­i­s­tock event ahead of Nathan Nolly who beat Zane Rid­dick in a four lap run off after the pair were tied on points for sec­ond place.

The saloon class was bol­stered by four com­peti­tors from Ki­hik­ihi. Jar­rod MacBeth recorded a fourth place and then two wins to win the Plews Me­mo­rial. Brett Bar­ron was sec­ond and Richard Dreaver third.

Street­stock racer John Young was in good form and won the Olsen Me­mo­rial. Racer Cheyanne Reed was sec­ond, just one point be­hind Young while Wayne Bar­ron came third after beat­ing Steve Reed in a spec­tac­u­lar run off.

The stock­car and su­per­stock classes com­pleted the race pro­gramme with wins in the stock­car class go­ing to Rowan Ur­lich, Kylee Symes and William Hughes. Lo­gan Sharpe, Ja­son Brown and Nik Kiser were the driv­ers to carry the che­quered flag in the su­per­stock class.

Speed­way now takes a break for a cou­ple of weeks. The next meet­ing is on De­cem­ber 8 and will fea­ture the Burger King Pro Dirt Su­per Saloons.

■ Both the Strat­ford Scrap­pers Su­per­stock team and the Strat­ford Storm­ers Stock­car team headed to Huntly Speed­way on Satur­day night to com­pete in the team’s in­vi­ta­tional event. The Scrap­pers beat the Waikato Wan­der­ers in the first race but then were beaten by the Bay­park Busters in the fi­nal after a tough race, fin­ish­ing sec­ond over­all. The Storm­ers, who are the cur­rent New Zealand team cham­pi­ons, won their first race against the Mea­nee Maulers from Hawkes Bay but were then beaten by the Ro­torua Ras­cals in the semi fi­nal which put them out of the run­ning for the ti­tle.

A good first meet­ing for both teams with the newly re­fur­bished Scrap­pers and the Storm­ers now able to con­cen­trate on the rest of the sea­son with the two big­gest teams events which are the Su­per­stock Team Champs in Palmer­ston North and the New Zealand Stock­car Teams Champs in Strat­ford, both in Feb­ru­ary.

Nik Kiser com­pletes a donut after win­ning a su­per­stock race.

Roger Det­tling slams into the wall with his car and car­a­van dur­ing the car­a­van race at Strat­ford Speed­way on Satur­day night.

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