Racing gods have been kind ... Weather gods too!!!
Doubleheader update this week.
Feb 11th had us at Waikaraka Park running as support to the SSCAR Super saloon series. Only 7 cars fronted but as it was only a club night for us and, given the damage a few guys received down at Wellington for the NZ's, this wasn't unexpected.
The track was primo! The best track we have seen at the park for a couple of years. Some hard work by Phil Ridland the week leading up to the event paid off in a big way and the crowd were rewarded with some great racing. The track was that good it enabled Foxy to break the one lap record in the first race. The modifieds class has not seen a lap record for years such as been the track conditions but goes to show when the effort is put in, the track can be prepared to a very high standard. Hopefully it can be repeated for the upcoming Dirt Cup!
A standard handicap format was used on the night which mean't Foxy left from the rear in every race. This didn't stop him posting 3 wins from 3 starts and setting some pretty good lap times along the way. Although some of the performance of the car can be put down to the track conditions it is also important to note that on repairing the car from Wellington a few little things were found that were not right and these slight tweaks would also have made a difference to our car speed.
Sat 18th we were back at Waikaraka for the Auckland Mod Champs. Our initial hope to have a few visitors up for it faded away earlier in the week so we were resigned to the fact that we would only have local cars. All but 1 currently running turned up and this gave us 11 starters. 6a, 11a, 17a, 19a, 22a, 29a, 36a, 64a, 78a, 81a 105a. The track wasn't as good as the week before but there was enough in it to make close exciting racing.
Standard format was used for a 3 heat deal and Foxy drew grids 6, 1 and 11 (in that order). This meant we would need to make the most of our first 2 races because we would be off the rear in the last heat when the track would be at its worst. Foxy got a blinder of a start in heat 1 and it didn't take long for him to be knocking on the bumper of the 6a car of Brian Jesen who started from grid 1. A great battle ensued between the two with Foxy attempting multiple passes on the 6a car before finally pulling off the pass with a few laps to run. Once in front Foxy pulled away until a late yellow closed the field back up. On the restart Foxy did enough to lead home the field with BJ finishing 2nd and Glen Lloyd in the 22a machine finishing 3rd from his grid 2 start.
Heat 2 was pretty straight forward to us with Foxy leading from start to finish. BJ was able to make some late passes to again come home in 2nd from his grid 7 start with the defending champ #64 Grant Harris rounding out the top 3.
Heading into the last heat Foxy led the way with the maximum 22 points from 2 wins. BJ in the 6a machine was a clear 2nd on 20 points and 3rd was Glen Lloyd in the 22a car with 15 points. Both Foxy and BJ would need to have a disaster not to finish on the podium. Glen was down to leave from grid 8, BJ from grid 10 and Foxy from rear of the field on grid 11. This race was a doozy with Grant Harris streaking away from his grid 1 start to take the win. Glen made some good early passes and ran the most of the race in 2nd. Foxy and BJ had another ding dong battle coming through the field with Foxy making some great passes to eventually catch and pass BJ and, on the last lap, Glen to come home in 2nd. Glen held on for 3rd with BJ coming home 4th .
Final title results were 1st - 11a (32 points from a possible 33), 2nd - 6a (28 points) and 3rd - 22a (24 points). All the guys raced clean and hard and after last years fiasco it was great to see.
We have now contested only 3 events this season and we have won 2 of the 3. Adding the Auckland title to our BOP title won over Christmas is fantastic and although we lost out in Wellington, we are pretty confident about where we are heading into the mad panic of events coming up in the next 6 week period.
Big thanks to Ron Salter for helping us out with some race gear for Foxy to use after we found late on Saturday that all his had been knicked! Also thanks to Paul Stewart for his offer as well. A few may have wondered what was going on with Foxy walking around decked out in the Salter's Cartage race team gear!! Good on ya Ron!!
This weekend we are off to Whangarei for the 30 lapper. Given this a day meeting we expect it to be hard yakker, especially if it is as hot this coming weekend up there as it was down here this weekend just gone! Going to be hard on car and driver. We wish all the boys slugging it out in Stratty for the Taranaki Champs and Ginge Heywood memorial good luck this weekend and we are sorry we can't be there (hard to be in 2 places at once!). We will catch up soon enough with the big events coming up!
See you at the track