Youth met experience at the Milestone Homes Top of the South Speedway last Saturday night.
The ‘Racing for the Kids’ Child Cancer fundraising meeting saw the Donaldson Civil youth ministock- mania be the feature grade along with the closed super stock club title and final round of the club TQ Championships. A kids’ cycle race was held as well as the quarter-midget class for the eight to 12-year-olds back on the track.
The youth grade have had an influx of new drivers this year and many are starting to find their feet with a few laps under the belt.
There has been some good battles at the pointy end of the field with some of the older drivers fighting it out for the chequered flag.
Blake Hearne was the most consistent driver of the night and he picked up the overall winner’s trophy. Cambell McManaway was a close second with Max Baker having a good run to finish third. The junior section went the way of Luke Higgins with Jacob Skurr second and Toby Walker third.
The super stocks kept things fairly quiet by their standards.
Brett Nicholls got some much needed laps in after a few tough meetings on the national level.
He defended his trophy with three wins from three races.
Alex Hill settled for second and Phil Krammer filled third spot.
The grade will be busy next meeting with the South Island championship to be held and several North Islanders looking to head down to take the title back with them.
The final round of the TQ championships were going to be a close affair with only five points separating Alicia Hill and Morgan Frost going into the final races.
Frost dubs the club championships as his bogey title and a loose drive clipping the wall in heat one saw his title chances disappear, along with more issues in the feature.
Hill came through the field to finish second in heat one to all but secure the title.
Jayden Corkill showed why he is dubbed the ‘feature freak’ with a well-timed run in the dying laps to pick up the main race then repeating the feat in the farewell event.
He finished runner-up at the South Island event last week in Christchurch.
Dylan Bensemann finished second in the club championships with Greymouth’s James Thompson third.
There were some big improvers throughout the meeting, with Raiden Hearne finishing third in the feature and Mark Bezett had a good final couple of races with second place in the feature.
The stock cars were down in numbers thanks to a hectic last month leaving a few needing some TLC and the Tasman Thunder cars being prepped for the New Zealand teams title in a fortnight.
Ian Burson won his 7th South Island Super Saloon title in Cromwell on February 8 and heads to Christchurch this week for the New Zealand super saloon title.
Hill had a blinder in her sprint car at the latest Hydralink War of the Wings series in Greymouth, finishing second in a fast 25 lap feature race.
Vaughan Cornelius finished fifth in the recent New Zealand production saloon title held in Cromwell.
The next Nelson meeting will see a few North Island super stock drivers crossing the Cook Strait to try to claim the South Island title. It was a brutal meeting two years ago when last held in Nelson and it promises to be a big meeting once again.