2008-2009 Bay of Plenty Champs & Teams

We had the Bay of Plenty stockcar champs on the first night of the World 240's and this has to be our best result so far in my short racing career with a sixth placing out of 37 cars. The top 5 cars after race two were all fellow team mates or the team manager so we were pretty keen going into the last race for a good result to get some bragging rights with the boys later on in the club rooms but with stockcar racing things don't always quite work out and we were spun up early in race three finishing 7th but 6th overall.

It was teams racing time on the 2nd night so with four cars per team we lined up against the Gisbourne Gladiators, wanting to put in a good show in front of the huge crowd. It all went pretty much to plan even after going down to 3 cars mid race but Richard came home 1st so we were pretty happy with the result.

Mid race we had a bit of a miss and less hp than I’m used to. Found after the race that the computer wasn't plugged in properly (NULLy did I get shit for that!). As I’m still learning the teams racing craft I felt a little more comfortable out there with how I went and the way we worked to the game plan.

2008-2009 World of Stocks

This was a great meeting but one that wasn't too good for the results board as we were always getting caught up in every one else's racing incidents. The final race for the weekend was one where we were just going out there to help the local boys that were up there in the points. A couple of good hits were put in and I saw a few handed out but we got Damian 81r through to next year’s World of Stocks finals so we were happy.

2008-2009 Kihikihi King Country Teams

We were expecting some tough racing for this event so there was plenty of time spent in the shed during the week to make sure the car was in good shape mechanically so as to not let the team down. We were fielding a couple a new drivers for this event in 94r Shaun Stewart and Damian Orr in Shannon's car but we were confident we could keep a hand on the trophy for another year.

We drew Kihikihi in the first round and were up on what you would call an ice skating rink, driving down the straight in the warm up laps sideways was to say the least a little too wet but no we were racing on it. In this race I was on row 2 and we were running for the flag with Richard and although I was sitting in 3rd for 2 laps I knew our blockers in Nick Vallance and Shaun Stewart had them covered so just waited and it wasn't long before they were stopped in their tracks and it was plain sailing from there with a clean sweep and we were into the finals.

The final was up against Auckland and with their first race against Huntly they were racing well and we knew we were going to have to race well to beat them. It all started off well and we were again in 1st and 2nd after a few laps and cruising through the laps with our blockers doing a great job in keeping the Auckland boys out of the way until I came up behind an Auckland block car and drilled his outside rear bumper going into turn one sending him infield and the next thing I know I’m going sideways up the wall and it’s all over from there.

On reflection the lack of a prominent pole line made the move on me a little dodgy at best but the boys carried on with two laps to go and we were again the King Country Teams champions.