Fathers battle their sons

TONY COFFIN
Last updated 12:00 20/04/2012

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The Tank teams race at Arena Manawatu will have added bite tomorrow night, with it also being a father-against-son battle.

In the past, the annual race has pitted tanks against the others in a superstock clash.

Tomorrow's race with a difference will be a stockcar battle with the fathers behind the wheel of predominantly Peter Rees tanks and the sons in space-frame cars.

The tank team will have an added advantage with three of them, national champion Peter Rees, Ron Tye and Gavin Taniwha, all part of the Palmerston North Pumas who have won the national title the last two seasons.

Also in the team will be Lloyd Lampp, driving son Taylor's tank, and former national champion Graeme Ward.

If the `old men' expect a cruise to a teams race win, the sons' team called the Territorials, have got designs of their own to take their fathers down a peg and get bragging rights for the off-season.

There's real up-and-coming class in the team with Chevron Taniwha narrowly missing out on a podium finish at the New Zealand champs, finishing fourth overall.

Also, the confident Asher Rees is quickly making a name for himself as a battering ram, not afraid to take on anyone on the track.

Taylor Lampp will step out of his tank and into a space-frame and a win over his employer Peter Rees will make things tough for Rees in the workplace.

Brendon Tye has been another to impress this season with his attacking style of racing, while Jayden Ward has shown impressive speed in a top car, even if he has dropped off a little at recent meetings.

The super-modifieds make a return with class legend Jamie Fox (Auckland) back to see if he can take the lap record.

Along with national champion Bunter Pierce, they will be the ones to beat in what is guaranteed to be action-packed racing in a 14-car field.

The entertaining Mark Dixon (Stratford) and the fast but loose Brian McPhee (Wellington), will make for tight, wheel-hitting action.

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