Speedway action in saloon series Show of speed and daredevils
The Burger King pro Dirt Super Saloon series, sponsored by Graham Harris Ltd, came to Stratford Speedway on Saturday night and the 20-plus competitors put on a great show of speed and daredevil driving.
The cars raced several heats before taking part in the feature, won by Sam Waddell from Tauranga ahead of Chris Cowling, also from Tauranga and Donald Gregory from Wellington.
A near capacity field of stockcars contested the Taranaki champs that produced some good racing and bumper action. After three races, Kylee Symes and Mark Duthie were tied on points and the pair were required to take part in a fourlap run off to determine the winner.
Symes got the jump at the start but Duthie slammed him into the wall on lap two, disabling Symes’ car. However, after a protest, Duthie was deemed to have crossed the pole line and the win was awarded to Symes. Rowan Urlich was third.
A strong field of Superstocks competed for the Best Pairs trophy. New Zealand Champion William Humphries and Blair Uhlenberg came home top of the points table ahead of Kihikihi racer Jared Wade and Mitch Vickery. Phil Ogle and Blair Johnson were third.
Ben Huijs picked up a good first win in the first Midget race after battling wheel to wheel with Duane Hickman for just about the entire ten lap duration. Hickman won race two and Greg Jones took the chequered flag in race three which was called early after multiple on track incidents, in the last of where Wanganui racer Peter Huijs roll in turn one.
Adult Ministocks completed the race programme with race wins going the way of Nathan Nolly in race one and Bradley Korff in race three. Malissa Alexander picked up a welldeserved win in race two.
The meeting at Stratford Speedway is this Saturday featuring the Kettle Handyman/ICS North Island Streetstock Championship and the Michielsen Transport West Coast Stockcars Teams Champs, and the King of the Mountain Modified Champs.
Sam Waddell won the Stratford round of the Burger King Pro Dirt Super Saloon Series.
Mark Osbourne was impressive to watch around the Stratford Speedway oval.