Latest two meetings

Apologies for the lack of updates from the last couple of meetings but things have been a tad busy of late...

At the second night of the World 240''s meeting we had a good first race, picking up a heap of placings and hoping for good result in the second race to get us in to the top ten shootout. All was looking good in race 2 after 3 laps when we went from 5th to 2nd and kept pace early on with Dale Stewart (that’s not easy for our lil Holden) then there was a stoppage and it all went wrong.

Upon the restart we went to go between a spun car facing the wrong way and two other cars and the gap closed, causing us to hit one of the cars head on. This brought us to a stop as well bending both rear shocks so we were going nowhere. Thumbs down and hanging on we got hit full noise from behind as 52r Mike Herbert had nowhere to go so with two huge impacts the car was in need of a little TLC and that was our night over. On a good note I came away unscathed from what was probably the biggest two hits in my racing career and I put that down to the Kirkey full containment seat. When it comes to safety you can’t just use any old seat anymore...

After the last meeting we were fortunate that we had a few weeks break as we spent 16 hours repairing steel work in the shed to get the race car back into tip top shop and then a few more putting 2 new shocks in the rear of the car. We also had to replace the spigot bearing (worn out $10 part) so out came the clutch, gearbox and drive shaft. So after all that and a quick check of the setup we were ready to do it all again.

It was just a normal racing night for the stockcars so with no title on offer we were trying a few setup changes over the night to just trial a few ideas. Race one we picked up a few places early on getting up to 3rd by the end of lap two in a car handling really well in the wet but not quite so good towards the end of the race finishing 7th.


Race two went in much the same way picking up spots early and avoiding any major pile ups (compared to the previous meeting) to finish 12th. Race three started well but ended on the first lap with the fuel pump giving up so we managed to get to the infield and ended up watching the rest of the race from there. It was a good nights racing where we learned a little more with our setups and hope to put them into practice for the next meeting. Big thanks to Dave Anderson for all his help and the use of his gear.

 

It was a shock to hear the news on Saturday night of the passing of a great mate and fellow stockcar racer Ray Channing. He’s a legend of a man both on and off the track with his hot rod of a race car and we wouldn't be racing now if it wasn't for him helping us out with our new engine package last season. He always had time for a chat and was always keen to help out where ever he could for the Rotorua club and fellow race car owners. This man now leaves a huge void for the speedway family and will be sorely missed but never forgotten...

 

Rest in peace my mate Ray