Daring drivers shake, rattle and roll
Crash action at Stratford SpeedwayJARROD MACBETH
Spectators didn't have long to witness some crash action at Stratford Speedway on Saturday night.
With six classes racing, three titles up for grabs and a good- sized crowd on hand there was a rollover in the very first race on the card.
Callan Hose rode his superstock over the bonnet of Greg Moseley and inverted his car, destroying the wing.
Hose's night improved from that point, however, coming out and winning the second race before finishing mid-pack in the last race of the night.
Paul Shotter won his first race since joining the superstock class a season ago when he blew away the cobwebs and the field to carry the chequered flag in race two.
Bevan Phillips won the City of New Plymouth Classic Stockcar title by just one point from Wanganui contracted driver Sandy Flett.
Phillips, who hadn't made it to a practice session, showcased impressive speed and driving skill as he made his way through the field to finish fourth in the first race from a grid 16 starting position before winning the second race and picking up a third in race three to finish the night with a total of 61 points.
Flett recorded a first, third and fifth to amass a points haul of 60, just one point shy of Phillips. Mark Woods rounded out the top three with 57 points, which were accumulated from his third, seventh and second finishes.
Tyler Walker was looking a likely candidate to be standing on the podium at the end of the night after finishing second in race one, despite a gearbox issue, before heading into the final heat leading equal on points with Flett. But a broken axle in that final heat put an end to his ambitions.
The Streetstock City of New Plymouth Classic was won by Gordon Fowler.
Richard Kettle won the first race for the class but it was Fowler, who won both races two and three and finished fourth in the first that collected the highest number of points to finish first overall, two points clear of Chris Shingleton.
Shingleton drove well to finish where he did after blowing his diff in the first race and struggling for traction the rest of the night.
Kettle finished a further five points back in third place.
Craig Korff was back in a familiar spot on the podium when he won the City of New Plymouth Classic for the saloon class.
Korff, who was struggling with the setup of his new Murray Gordge-built car, survived the racing and managed to amass enough points to win the title by two points from long-time racer Ash Cook in the 14-car field.
After the three races, Nigel Perrett, Thomas Korff and Jarrod MacBeth were tied equal on points for third and a runoff was required to determine just who would take home the third place trophy.
Late in the programme and midway through the runoff Korff and Macbeth tangled with the result being both cars crashed against the wall in turn three.
MacBeth was out, Korff, however, lined up for the re-start and on the green clipped the wall with his rear bumper which somersaulted his car into the air, performing several rolls and flips before coming to rest on its wheels and bursting into flames.
Korff escaped injury, but his car will need plenty of repair work before it races again.
Nigel Perrett kept his nose clean at the front of the field to take home third.
In the adult ministocks, Blair Uhlenberg couldn't have had a better start to the season, winning all three races.
In the youth ministocks race wins went the way of Conrad Hall, Carol Podjursky and Blake Hooper.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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