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More FM Season Opener & Guy Fawkes Fireworks Display
Friday 28 October 2011
The day began muggy, overcast and under threat of a late shower or two but that didn't faze a large, enthusiastic crowd from being part of the Waikato's first speedway meet of the new season. Weeks of hard work by club, crew and competitor meant a pleasant tension existed around the track but any fears that may have been present soon faded as the first race car hit the track.
First to race a Kihikihi in the 2011/12 season was a full field of Ministocks. As always, all upper North Island division one tracks were represented. The opening race set the tone for a day of fast, clean racing. Most notable performers were race winners 6A Bryce Dibley and 8M Marc Dunn. Dunn and 89R Shaun McHardy battling out a thriller in the third heat with Dunn pipping McHardy by 0.0303 of a second for his second race win.
Ten Saloons entertained with some close, hard racing. The three locals got to rub paintwork with one from Auckland and 6 from Baypark no doubt, getting an early look at the track ahead of the NZ Champs. Local 69K Mike Wilson was an early retirement and thoughts of last year's horror start quickly came to mind. The Mount cars fought hard and the results showed. 1NZ Brent McClymont always impresses but maybe 272M Chris Cowling had a slight edge, picking up fastest lap in all 3 races.
The lowest of numbers to front in all classes was the Minisprints. Once a Kihikihi staple, only 3 cars within the Waikato came for a skid. But the quality was second to none. Early signs pointed toward a 1NZ Dayne Maxwell versus 14H Jason Bryant versus 37K Jade Barnett showdown. However once a few laps of each race was completed, either Jade or Dayne slowed with what could be described as teething problems. This left the door open to three race wins to Bryant but make no mistake; the 14H machine was quick.
A field of 9 Kihikihi registered Streetstocks put on a show worthy of any race meeting. Most cars showing loads of pace notably 12K Daniel Curran and 23K Gary Smith whilst a couple of others were more interested in using the bumper. One such driver was wannabe Streetstock stirrer 61K James Ford - hopefully a prequel to his racing style in his (not quite ready) Superstock. All in all it was good clean fun. One scary moment in race two saw 32K Dave Curren barrel roll violently at the hands of 21K Blair Castleton. Nothing more than a spin but the rear wheel dug in and with the speed these boys had, this unlucky roll saw an early end to the race while Dave was attended to. For the record, Dave is ok and the car is repairable.
Nine Stockcars and two Superstocks competed as one group in their three races. 66K Garrett Conner unsuccessfully debut the repowered Rees machine. Good news is, whatever the issues were they were fixed in time to run three races at Huntly the following night. The 14R Stockcar of Matt Nilsson stirred things up catching the attention of several drivers keen to mix it up. While the racing kept everyone honest, 86R Richard Keijzer and 14M A Robinson showed super quick early season pace making the podium in every outing. The Kihikihi Crusaders were introduced ahead of their clash with the Stormers to be raced at Stratford the following night. During their hot laps, a couple of not so little issues presented itself. For the record, in true Kihikihi-styles the team pulled together and took a rare away from home victory the following evening.
The only other class on the bill was the Production Saloons. Unfortunately only 5 cars fronted but the opportunity for those who did race to blow the cobwebs out of the exhaust was taken with both hands. The three fastest cars fought over the podium spots over three races. The spoils going the way of 23K Russel Hayes who emulated the feats of 272M Saloon by grabbing all 3 fastest laps.
18 races in 2 hours and we are proud of that achievement. The signs that this little club is prepared to run a slick show are eminent in the time taken and the track we offered for racing on. Thanks and well done to all involved.
To finish the night, a banner and Guy Fawkes effigy competition for the kids. Great turn-out well done to those children involved, especially the winners. An awesome Waipa District Council supported Fireworks display wowed and awed the crowd over what seemed to be an age (probably 15 minutes!) to end a successful opening meeting.
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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