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McDonalds Kihikihi Speedway Club
King Country Superstocks

Waikato TQ Champs
Rosetown TQ Midget 20 Lapper


Sincerity Drycleaners
King Country Production Saloons
Sunday 18 March 2012
Review
High praise for the track produced for the visiting TQ Midgets was echoed around all 8 classes that raced in a mammoth 26 race meeting. A sweet success for a club that has had its fair share of critics and in truth, it has been one of many good track surfaces produced in the past two seasons.

"The help and influence Paul Wade has given me in recent weeks have been invaluable and I've learnt more from him than I could have taught myself" says Club President and Track Manager Ray Osborne, "and it's a great feeling when it all comes together and the competitors appreciate the clubs efforts"

With the speedway season ending in the month of April and still 4 meetings to run, the McDonalds Kihikihi Speedway club had a few important championships to fit in. It was the turn of the King Country Superstocks, King Country Production Saloons and backing up from their national championship the night before in Napier was the visiting Auckland TQ Midgets to battle out the Waikato champs and Rosetown 20 lap classic.

Ten Superstocks from 4 different clubs entertained on a fast surface over three heats. The first heat quickly dwindled to 6 as a couple of incidents and long season starts to take its toll on driver and equipment. Heats two and three had 7 cars line up and were accident free races. Long-time Rotorua racer Laurence Christini snatched two heat wins on his way to becoming King Country Champion with Stratford competitor Michel Willemsen second and Kihikihi ambassador Brad Ridland Third overall.

The Production Saloons provided close, hard racing again over three heats. This championship was hotly contested with two locals, two from Huntly and lone Gisborne driver Bryce Harding rising to the top. At the end of three races, Huntly's Doug Menzies finished third outright only 2 points behind joint first place getters, Dave Pilkington also from Huntly and defending Champion, Kihikihi's Russel Hayes. The 4 lap run-off to decide first place was a ripper. Both drivers sharing paint and gave no quarter but it was Hayes who took the spoils by half a car length over his rival.

The other championship to run was the Waikato TQ's contested by no less than 19 Auckland cars. These super quick, motorcycle powered open wheeler proved their worth as the racing by most was clean and exciting. After 3 heats and several rollovers, 4 in one incident, Ryan Barry claimed the championship one point ahead of 4 times Minisprint Champ Shaun Cooke and distant third, Steve Smith. The final race of the day was the Rosetown TQ Midget 20 Lap Classic, won by half a lap by ex Superstock racer Deon Ansty.
King Country
Superstock Champs
1ST - 5R Laurence Christini - 30pts
2ND - 39S Michel Willemsen - 27pts
3RD - 5K Brad Ridland - 23pts
King Country
Production Saloon Champs
1ST - 23K Russel Hayes - 29pts *
2ND - 48H Dave Pilkington - 29pts
3RD - 85H Doug Menzies - 27pts

* run-off winner
Waikato
TQ Midget Champs
1ST - 16A Ryan Barry - 39pts
2ND - 6A Shaun Cooke - 38pts
3RD - 4A Steve Smith - 29pts
Results
Superstocks
Race 1
Pos Driver
1 5R Laurence Christini
2 39S Michel Willemsen
3 7R Kyle Stove
Race 2
Pos Driver
1 5R Laurence Christini
2 39S Michel Willemsen
3 5K Brad Ridland
Race 3
Pos Driver
1 5R Laurence Christini
2 39S Michel Willemsen
3 5K Brad Ridland
Production Saloons
Race 1
Pos Driver
1 23K Russel Hayes
2 48H Dave Pilkington
3 85H Doug Menzies
Race 2
Pos Driver
1 5R David Campbell
2 48H Dave Pilkington
3 12H Andrew Paterson
Race 3
Pos Driver
1 85H Doug Menzies
2 23K Russel Hayes
3 48H Dave Pilkington
TQ Midgets
Race 1
Pos Driver
1 16A Ryan Barry
2 6A Shaun Cooke
3 41A/3NZ Jared Taylor
Race 2
Pos Driver
1 41A/3NZ Jared Taylor
2 16A Ryan Barry
3 6A Shaun Cooke
Race 3
Pos Driver
1 4A Steve Smith
2 6A Shaun Cooke
3 16A Ryan Barry
20 Lapper
Pos Driver
1 17A Deon Ansty
Stockcars
Race 1
Pos Driver
1 98K Rhys Beaumont
2 78H Daryl Porteous
3 11H Hayden Webster
Race 2
Pos Driver
1 11H Hayden Webster
2 51H Alistair Van Amsterdam
3 54H Neville Hazelton
Race 3
Pos Driver
1 98K Rhys Beaumont
2 11H Hayden Webster
3 51H Alistair Van Amsterdam
Saloons
Race 1
Pos Driver
1 277B Ian Mudgway
2 77K Rossco Cresswell
3 808H Joe Lunchbox
Race 2
Pos Driver
1 277B Ian Mudgway
2 77K Rossco Cresswell
3 34M Graham Keatinge
Race 3
Pos Driver
1 77K Rossco Cresswell
2 78M Mike Balsom
3 808H Joe Lunchbox
Midgets
Race 1
Pos Driver
1 9H Michael Brunt
2 12K Leyton Kendall
3 36A Ben Drummond
Race 2
Pos Driver
1 36A Ben Drummond
2 77K Brian Edwards
3 85A Jared Wade
Race 3
Pos Driver
1 73K Brian Edwards
2 36A Ben Drummond
3 12K Leyton Kendall
Minisprints
Race 1
Pos Driver
1 37K Jade Barnett
2 18H Shaun Cooke
3 1NZ Dayne Maxwell
Race 2
Pos Driver
1 1NZ Dayne Maxwell
2 57R Ben Vaughan
3 18H Shaun Cooke
Race 3
Pos Driver
1 3NZ Jason Bryant
2 57R Ben Vaughan
3 1NZ Dayne Maxwell
Youth Ministocks
Race 1
Pos Driver
1 21A Jason Rowe
2 6A Bryce Dibley
3 89R Shaun McHardy
Race 2
Pos Driver
1 89R Shaun McHardy
2 13R Callum Flavell
3 46H Josh Humble
Race 3
Pos Driver
1 21A Jason Rowe
2 71H Ben Neave
3 55A Corey Baker
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