20-lap dash tro­phy and a bucket of cold wa­ter

The Northland Age - - Sport -

Lo­cal racer Dave John­ston cel­e­brated his first of­fi­cial race win in em­phatic fash­ion by tak­ing out the Pro­duc­tion Sa­loon 20-Lap Dash Tro­phy at Kaikohe Speed­way on Sun­day af­ter­noon.

John­ston’s win in the fea­ture race of the day also earned him the tra­di­tional dous­ing with a bucket of cold wa­ter, noted lo­cal mo­tor­sport com­men­ta­tor, Dar­ren Emm. The other plac­ings in Sun­day’s tro­phy race were Stephen Emm and Rex Roy­croft 2nd and 3rd re­spec­tively.

Oth­er­wise it was all pretty quiet for the club’s sec­ond twi­light meet of the do­mes­tic sea­son with only two other grades raced on the day, lim­ited sa­loons and ladies pro­duc­tion. Emm won­dered if some driv­ers had been put off by “all the rain, thun­der and light­ning” which has fallen on the Far North re­cently.

“Turnout wasn’t that great,” he ad­mit­ted, adding the weather ac­tu­ally turned out to be ideal on Sun­day. In fact, it was nearly too hot with the track still need­ing plenty of wa­ter and sev­eral driv­ers left a tad sun­burned by the end of the day.

■ The club’s next race­day is the Christ­mas Meet on Sun­day, De­cem­ber 23, with rac­ing set to start from 1pm. Pro­ceed­ings in­clude rac­ing, an ap­pear­ance by Santa — the tra­di­tional one — and a shared lunch.

PIC­TURE / DEB­BIE BEADLE

The top three placeget­ters in the Pro­duc­tion Sa­loon 20 Lap Dash Tro­phy at Kaikohe on Sun­day were, Dave John­ston (mid­dle) 1st, Stephen Emm (left, 2nd) and Rex Roy­croft 3rd.

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