Baypark Speedway opening meeting
It was a worrying time for the last few hours leading up
to the start of this meeting as light showers persisted down but thankfully
they didn't amount to much and I eventually became confident the meeting
would run . I needed to be confident before parting with the hefty $20.00
gate charge thus I spent a fair bit of time in the car park which meant
my time in the pits before the meeting was brief .
Shortly before 7pm there was a grand parade of lots of
really great looking race machinery that certainly whetted my appetite
for the racing that was to come .
Things took a backward step after the grand parade when
come 7pm the National Anthem was sung by some probably popular and talented
singer on the infield . He then launched into singing some forgettable
popular song which was transmitted to us via the stadium speakers which
did an admirable job of distorting the sound .
Finally the sprintcars fronted on the track and were pushed
started in reasonable time . They then did some practice laps , then they
did their old hat 4 wide salute , Then they did some more fast laps , then
they finally progressed towards gridding up for their race . Thankfully
things picked up from there on and the rest of the night was run as efficiently
as possible . Mind you the six or seven roll overs caused some delays but
I'm not moaning about that .
The venue was as magnificent as always , the restaurant
was open before the meeting for those wanting a real feed and all staff
I encountered were pleasant and polite .
Commentary was by the resident team of Brian Kelly
and Barry Brown along with guest voice Jamie McCarthy who continues to
impress with his knowledge of cars and drivers . Good listening .
I only had a hot dog and chips . The chips were fine
but the hot-dog was about as good as the one I had at Huntly last week
. I hope Auckland can satisfy my craving for a decent hot-dog next weekend
A bit pricey @ $5.00 especially since the car listings
weren't complete and some of the listings were incorrect . Professional
looking but amateurish editing .
15 cars was probably the bare minimum acceptable on a
track as big as Baypark . For the first race they were joined by Std Stock
45m driven by Nick Valance and his mission was to create havoc . His first
victim was 16a Aaron Headington and he got guided infield in the altercation
, no damage though . Valance spent the rest of the race taking pot
shots without great effect but it made entertaining watching . 51m
Rodney Wood won the first agrade race of the season . Actually Rodney would
have won all three events on the night but in the second when he caught
up to early leader 8h Dave Roigard he chose to spin the 8h and accidentally
trapped himself for a short time and that was enough to allow 85h
Jarrod wade to hit the front by a distance that Wood could not re-gather
The Agrade racing wasn't all that tame thanks to 19m
Kerry Remnant taking exception to all the visiting cars and they in turn
attempting to extract retribution . 337r Darcy Hunter may have been debuting
his latest Gordge rocket but he wasn't prepared to let Remnant have the
upper hand and dealt some hefty blows to the 19h car leaving the 337r car
looking well used by the end of the night .
515r Stan Hickey and 7a Dayne Wright were just
two of the others prepared to clobber Remnant whenever the chance arose
Driver of the night for my money was Kerry Remnant .
37 of everyone's favorite contact class fronted and turned
on the usual mayhem they are renowned for . It's very hard to keep track
of what's going on when sitting down one end of the large Baypark track
and I missed the lead up action in all three of the roll overs in this
section . I know that 71h Tony Wootton had his bumper to the fore in at
least one of the incidents and combined with the antics I did see him performing
I reckon he was my Std Stock driver of the night despite the fact he never
got mobile for the final . I never did figure out who won the first heat
but 81m Alister Mouat won the second and the feature .
18 of the fire breathing monsters including some of the
biggest names in the game . It was great to see the Chrysler/Mercedes /
?? hybrid Mick Quin 43p in the flesh . He didn't go half bad either and
I expect with more laps run both driver and car will be a force to reckon
New comer to Super saloons was ex NZ Streetstock
Champion , ex agrade Stockcar driver and ex Ltd Saloon driver 74m Craig
Ritchards in the Kevin Moore racecars built ex 9c Paul Williams Corvette
Ritchards has been off the speedway circuit for the past
couple of season although I'm told he has been fiddling about with a modified
at Whitianga .
His debut in Super Saloon was a sensation as his will
to win is obvious to anyone watching and to see him almost being on the
pace with the likes of 66s Skinny Colson bodes well for his future in the
class . Not to mention the entertainment we will get from watching him
Skinny is still the man of the moment to watch though
, charging through the fields lifting the inside front in the turns . He
didn't have an all together great night though . One win and two dnf's
was his lot .
81m Dean Waddell came to the fore in the feature as he
often does when the track starts to slick off . 3nz Donald Gregory was
another that was right on the pace and picked up the heat two win .
23 cars was a good showing and there were some good looker
among them . 61m Mark Orchard was the first winner , 14 Geoff Kaye impressed
all night and won heat two . Kaye might have won the feature too but there
was a stoppage with Steve Williams getting the jump at the restart and
he was far too quick to be caught .
48m Phil Towgood looked the goods but car trouble was
what mostly kept him out of the winners circle . .
12 cars including 1nz Allan Wakeling debuting his new
maxim which while not totally on the pace showed it's promise with a heat
two win . 3nz Dean Brindle won the first and an on form 18a Greg Pickerill
took the feature in his clean and bright yellow machine . Eyes were upon
Joe Farem in the number 5m as he learns the ropes in his new class of race
Generally the racing was ok in this class but too much
time is lost getting them running and gridded up .
22 Streetstocks put on a show of mix 'em up and roll
'em over . Three rolls to equal the happenings in the std stock class and
a welcome permanent addition to the Baypark ranks .
33 cars and a roll over as part of the show . Good racing
without too much drama .
A great opening night for Baypark and realistically the
extra few dollars at the gate are worth it purely for the venue let alone
the bigger fields of cars than any other track has managed so far this
season . All over and done with by 10 pm and that meant I was home at a
reasonable hour .
|The grand parade was impressive
||Agraders at top speed
|Nick Valance playing with Aaron
||Kerry Remnant short cutting across
15a Steve Pribicevich
|The new Darcy Hunter battle wagon
||Darcy Hunter sorting Remnant out
|Rodney Wood biggest winner
||7a Dane Wright tried sorting Remnant too
| 8h Dave Roigard and trick low/high body work
||75m Les Lucas landed on his noggin
|71h Tony Wootton just about went over
||Wootton sure got 64m good
|The 66's were in bother . Peter Church 66a
||66m Craig Body
|Std Stocks look classy these days
||Skinny doing it there ....
||Look out for 74m Craig Ritchards
|Skinny broke a tyre
||Dean Waddel gets going when the going's gone
|Tony Cardwell had a good night until this in the last
|| Paul Carter in the wars
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