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Speed'n'Smash Fest
Sunday 15 April 2012
Review
"Well, you don't see that every day!" was the comment made by Waikato Raiders team captain Justin Hutchby as Stratford driver Damian Hiestand crossed the line in reverse to win their race against the North Island Invitational team. The losing team lead for most of the race but as Nic Powell's damaged car faded, the Stratford Stormers seized the opportunity, all be it in reverse gear for one and a half laps to take the win in arguably the teams race of the day. This race win put the Stormers in the Final against last year's winners, the Waikato Raider after they won their race over a strong Kihikihi Crusaders team.

The Crusaders had led their encounter with the much favoured Raiders for the first half of the race but mechanical problems forced leader Ben Patrick to retire leaving the defending champs the opening they needed for the win.

The race for third and fourth proved that the makeshift team John Machell had assembled was no easy beat and worthy of their inclusion this year. Rotorua's Richard Keijzer finished the race 3 laps ahead of the second place car of Lee Patrick as the North Island Invitational team won the third place final over the Crusaders.

The Final between the Raiders and the Stormers was a battle of two of the most experienced teams in the country. The attrition rate was high as only one car from each team managed to finish. The closing laps were tense as Stratford's Haydin Barker chased race leader Hutchby down to within a car length. A Stratford block car lay in wait on turn four and Hutchby appeared to head for the outside line but switched inside at the last second to hang on to the race lead and take the win.

The annual Repco Saloon Battle of the Sexes run for points over three races. The ladies were defending champs as seven drivers in both teams battled for gender supremacy. The men looked favourites to win after the first heat as they took an early points lead but their luck was to run out. "A black flag and a DNF in the second race plus a spin in the third put the boys behind the 8-ball, but that's racing" said a philosophical Rossco Cresswell in retrospect. Girls took the spoils 160 to 153 points to retain bragging rights as the event cements itself as a regular fixture with future support from sponsor and competitor confirmed.

A healthy eleven Midgets competed for the yearly Rosetown Classic Midget 30 Lapper in trying conditions. Whilst the track remained drivey and relatively flat for all races, the late afternoon sun became a hindrance and subsequently most drivers succumbed in the difficult conditions. "(We) couldn't see much down the whole back straight and turned into turn 3 blind" said second place getter Brian Edwards "It definitely slowed us down". The win went to Waikato based, Auckland contracted Jared Wade and third to Huntly's Simon Styles with only the three cars finishing the race.
4-way Stockcar Teams
1st - Waikato Raiders
2nd - Stratford Stormers
3rd - North Island Invitational
4th - Kihikihi Crusaders
Rosetown Classic Stockcar 25 Lapper
1st - 22M Les Hepworth
2nd - 81R Damian Orr
3rd - 408S Todd Duthie
Rosetown Classic Midget 25 Lapper
1st - 85A Jared Wade
2nd - 73K Brian Edwards
3rd - 67H Simon Styles
Saloon Battle of the Sexes
1st - Girls (160pts)
2nd - Guys )153pts)
Results
4-way Stockcar Teams
Race 1
Pos Team
1 Waikato Raiders
2 Kihikihi Crusaders
Race 2
Pos Team
1 Stratford Stormers
2 North Island Invitational
Race for Third
Pos Team
1 North Island Invitational
2 Kihikihi Crusaders
Final
Pos Team
1 Waikato Raiders
2 Stratford Stormers
Stockcars and Superstocks
Race 1
Pos Driver
1 16H Murray Harrison (Super)
52R Mike Herbert (Stock)
2 6K Scott Tennant (Super)
69H Callum Whiter (Stock)
3 5K Brad Ridland (Super)
55H Neville Hazlton (Stock)
Race 2
Pos Driver
1 16H Murray Harrison (Super)
81R Damian Orr (Stock)
2 4P Steve Hampton (Super)
34H Anton Leek (Stock)
3 5K Brad Ridland (Super)
52R Mike Herbert (Stock)
Race 3
Pos Driver
1 16H Murray Harrison (Super)
81R Damian Orr (Stock)
2 23K Tony Fabish (Super)
52R Mike Herbert (Stock)
3 5K Brad Ridland (Super)
42H Lance Gribble (Stock)
Stockcar 25 Lapper
Pos Driver
1 21M Les Hepworth
2 81R Damian Orr
3 408S Todd Duthie
Midgets
Race 1
Pos Driver
1 73K Brian Edwards
2 36A Ben Drummond
3 85A Jared Wade
Race 2
Pos Driver
1 73K Brian Edwards
2 36A Ben Drummond
3 67H Simon Styles
25 Lapper
Pos Driver
1 85A Jared Wade
2 73K Brian Edwards
3 67H Simon Styles
Saloons
Race 1
Pos Driver
1 1NZ Jeff Barron
2 12M Kirstin Vermeulen
3 8S Craig Korff
Race 2
Pos Driver
1 77K Rossco Cresswell
2 11A Lyn Yates
3 1NZ Jeff Barron
Race 3
Pos Driver
1 12M Kirstin Vermeulen
2 1NZ Jeff Barron
3 4A Anita Sloot
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