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McDonalds Kihikihi Speedway Club
King Country Superstocks
Waikato TQ Champs
Rosetown TQ Midget 20 Lapper
King Country Production Saloons
Sunday 18 March 2012
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.
29 April 2012 - Blackout's Day in the Dirt
15 April 2012 - Speed'n'Smash Fest
1 April 2012 - TWS Golden Helmet
18 March 2012 - King Country Superstocks
4 March 2012 - New Zealand Saloon Championship Finals
3 March 2012 - New Zealand Saloon Championship Qualifying
21 January 2012 - Ministock Stampede
27 November 2011 - Carters Demolition Derby
12 November 2011 - Celebrity Bash
28 October 2011 - Season Opener and Fireworks Display
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