The second night of the John Newton Panel & Paint North Island Stockcar Champs at Rotorua's Paradise Valley Raceway went ok but not as good as we hoped.
Starting p26 in the repechage we made good progress up the field finishing p12 but no where near p1 or p2 where we needed to be to qualify for tier 1.
Heat one tier 2 went out the window with 141k mad matt on the brakes holding us up from the start and then the brake pedal going to the floor mid race so we came home mid pack.
Heat two was going well until we got spun mid race finishing mid pack again.
Heat 3 we figured we would have some fun and help the local boys out but that went out the window on corner 2 when we went up the wall and broke the front axle mount. Well done to the podium winners 651a 66r and 47m.
We had a blast being back out there on track after a couple of seasons away and its surprising how the old car went considering the lil holden is all but standard and the driver needs a few more laps to get back up to speed/fitness.
We would like to thank my crew and our sponsors as we cant do it without them: Gaddum construction, Warehouse Autoparts, Spincar incar cameras, Electric Designs, coopers fibreglass, O'Connor race engines and Reconz. Lastly to my wife Tracey and kids for helping with the car and putting up me doing the all nighters in the shed leading up to xmas to get the car ready in time.
Have a Happy new year race fans... see you next year
Well after a mammoth effort in the workshop well into the small hours we got the car ready for the 2014 John Newton Panel & Paint North Island Stockcar Championships Qualifying at Rotorua's Paradise Valley Raceway. Things were going well in the first heat starting 18th and getting up to 4th spot. With the white flag coming out our front right tyre went flat so we limped home in p14.
Heat two starting p8 we had a good clear race, staying out of trouble, and coming home in 7th as well as doing a lap time of 18.06. Now for our lil engine we were pretty happy with that!!
Heat 3 starting p7 we popped out of the first corner in p4 but things came unstuck when the fuel pump wire came off and the steering arm broke which resulted in a dnf.
After a two and a half year break we were pretty happy with how the car went for its first time out. Big thanks to Grant Savage at Rotorua Steel Structures, 27 View Road, Rotorua for doing our new roll cage so close to xmas. Much appreciated guys. Big thanks to my family and crew especially Anthony for putting in the big hours to get us on track. Can't do it without them.
Time for a catch up on sleep...see you all track side for another night of action at Paradise Valley.
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...