House of Travel Series Round 1 @ Paradise Valley Raceway

After a couple of meetings that have depleted the stocks of spare parts it was great to finally finish three races with no damage and eighth equal on points out of 42 cars in the opening round House of Travel series. With the huge field of cars turning up we once again did the four race format with each driver only racing in three heats and only the top 10 place getters receiving points.

 

Race 1

Fastest Lap: 8 0:18.8049

We started from p5 on the grid and although making a good start we dropped down a few places to 11th spot until the track started to dry out and we came home strong picking our way back through the pack to 5th where we started, not quite as good as we hoped but we got some good points to start the night.

 

Race 3

Fastest Lap: 11 0:18.8017

Starting from p22 we had to push hard and with the track slicking off big time we had to drive the car as straight as possible and keep in tight to make some ground on the field. There was plenty of carnage out there and surprisingly we managed to keep out of it and pick our way through to p12 by the end of the race. No points but a good race that had numerous cars either up the wall or on their lids.

 

Race 4

Fastest Lap: 10 0:18.5159

P20 for the final race of the night and we needed a good result to at least get in the points as we currently only had 6 points. We were actively trying to match the car to the track conditions as it was now very slick out there. With a good start we made up 5 spots on the first lap and continued our way up the field avoiding the attentions of some of the locals and the few out of towners who ventured into our paradise for the night. We had a good race-long battle with Ray Channing in the impressive looking and sounding f.f.f.f.ford v8 and came home in 6th place, just ahead of the ford (NULLw it should be), to move up 14 spots and pick up another 5 points which was a great result to finish the night.

 

This weekend will be a weekend off to repair a couple of front axles, trailing arms and wheels to restock the spares department with just 26 days until the Speedy Signs NZ Stockcar champs.... bring it on!!

 

Next meeting is the 2nd round of the House of Travel series on dec 10

 

See you there

Greg

 


Club Night @ Paradise Valley Raceway

Well after a few hours in the shed during the week fixing the whole front axle, stub, and rotors, we made it to the club night at Paradise Valley but our luck was again not with us as we only managed to do the first race. Another good sized field of cars (NULL) turned up for what was just a club night and for us it was time to try a few things out to see if we could improve our setup. All went well for the first few laps until coming out of turn four we were pushed wide and then became a passenger as we hit the wall with two cars pushing up the inside.... end result was another bent front axle and broken rotor as well as bent front bumper and bumper braces so that was us for the night. Next meeting will be on the 28th November here in Rotorua for the House of travel series.

 

See you there

Greg

 

Race 1 Incar

Opening Night @ Paradise Valley Raceway

Well it’s been a while since our last update. The off season was a busy one with a wedding in the middle and a late start to the off-season repairs due to work commitments. We would like to welcome all our loyal sponsors and crew back on board again this season and if you are in need of various repairs please support them as they support us: Pirtek Rotorua, Warehouse Auto Parts Rotorua, Reconz Auto Machinists, O’Connor Race Engines, J.V.''s Carshop, Performance Machinery, The Rock FM, and a new one for this year, Gaddum Construction Rotorua.

The off-season rebuild consisted of a refresh of the engine by Terry O’Connor and the team at Reconz and even though it is still only a 231cu engine but we couldn’t be happier with the performance. We did a bit of steel work with a couple of new side rails and out riggers replaced. With a fresh coat of paint she was as good as new. We made it to green sheeting on the 30th November and were hoping to make our first ever appearance at a practice meeting but with the track surface being rain effected we had to do the usual turn up and see how it goes on opening night.

With a 35 car strong field of locals turning up for opening night it looks like it’s going to be busy out there on the race track most nights this season for the stockcars. With everyone racing three out of four races to keep the fields fewer than 28, we raced in the first, third, and fourth race.

Race 1
Fastest Lap: 18.51
Starting position 2 on a wet track we managed a few good laps avoiding spinning cars before getting stuck behind a spun up car but made a few spots back up coming home in 6th spot.

Race 3
Fastest Lap: 18.487
Starting position 25, we had a really good clean race and we are really happy with the set up (NULLich we are not exactly certain where that is at the moment). We made up fifteen spots to place 10th and took a good haul of points for the season long points championship. Tonight being a double points night to start the season.

Race 4
Fastest Lap: 18.251
Starting position 13, we jumped to forth spot in the first lap and with a few cars all jostling for position we ended up popping 64r young Mark Willis up the wall and although it was unintentional it did a little bit of damage but we continued on in fourth spot trying to catch the leaders. Last lap last corner and with a car side on to the traffic it was a small gap we tryed to squeeze through with another young racer in 48r Kellum King and that didn''t work to well as we ended up firing into the wall just short of the line and loosing 6 spots trying to make the finish line.

It was a good night of racing and we sit in 6th spot on 145 points just 21 points off the current leader 39r Douglas Stanaway . So with a few repairs to do this week including a front axle, stub axle, brake rotor, body mounts and a wing panel we should be ready for the club night on Friday, 11th November.

Roll on the race season...

Greg

 

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