By Allan Powell
On Saturday night at Huntly and Te Rapa PlaceMakers Speedway was a double header of championship events. On this fine evening were the Huntly Door Systems Waikato Stock Car championship and the Brian Tinney Motors Waikato Production Saloon championship. A really good size crowd was at the speedway considering all the speedway events that were on at tracks throughout the country in the previous month plus now the weather has settled down to a great warm summer.
The stock cars had 3 heats over points to crown a new Waikato champion. Track side was a big field of car totalling 32 starters. It was going to be a real test of the nerves with so many cars. Heat one and 7H Dave Moore got a great start and set the fast early pace with 87H Nevin Shrubb 71H Tyson Wootton chasing hard. As the laps went by and the cars were sorting themselves out 616H Cody Webster took Shrubb to the wall. The hits still keep coming to the end of the race. Moore raced hard and picked the gaps when they were there to take. Cars further back were all getting the attention as Moore went on to win the first heat from Wootton and then 62A Dan Sheppard. Heat two was this time 36H Mark Caldwell chance leading the early laps from 88H Justin Hutchby. 44H Anthony Mc Neil smashed 54H Nigel Hazelton hard into the concrete wall on turn one and the race to a stop to remove Hazelton`s car to the infield as Mc Neil continued on for a few laps he also went to the infield with damage. The Shrubb and Webster attacking each other carried on in this heat with Webster getting the upper hand. Dave Moore had now caught up to Caldwell and looking like taking the win again which Moore did and taking maximum points of 66 points after two heats. Heat three and the final heat to find a new champion. Drivers would have in their mind who they want to win. Top points scorers Hutchby, Moore and Caldwell all starting off the rear and with Wootton starting towards the front. This didn’t stop Moore powering around the outside and picking up valuable points and positions. As the laps dropped off Wootton and Moore were equal on points, but Moore managed to gain 2 more spots and hold onto his points. The race was won by 334A Brad Wearing, but the new 2017 Waikato Stock Car champion is Dave Moore in 2nd Tyson Wootton and 3rd Justin Hutchby.
The second part of the double header was the Brian Tinney Motors Production Saloon champs. A smaller field of cars this year all from the Huntly track. 24H Brad Philpot was slowing good pace early on until he lost a wheel but Philpot made it out to race all the heats. Heat one was won by 10H Larry Bingham, heat two was won by 63H Peter Craddick. Heat three was won by Bingham, but he had to run down Craddick with a fast and smooth drive to take the win and the2017 Waikato Production Saloon championship with 2nd Craddick and 3rd was 98H Daniel Gee.
Support classes on the night were Super Stocks, Mini Stocks, Saloons and Side Cars being their first time back at Huntly for a few years. The Side cars thrilled the crowd with their very game riding and driving skills throughout the night.
Next meeting at Huntly is this coming Saturday night with another big night not to miss. On this night will be the Midget car drivers for the Ryco 24.7 North Island midgets and a big field of Super Saloons for the Burger King Pro Dirt Super Saloon series. Check the Huntly PlaceMakers Speedway website for information.