Speed­way ac­tion in sa­loon se­ries Show of speed and dare­dev­ils

Stratford Press - - News - By JAR­ROD MACBETH

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.

PHOTO / ON SHOT PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

Mark Os­bourne was im­pres­sive to watch around the Strat­ford Speed­way oval.

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