Friday 8 March The action was hot on the first night of the CJ Phillips Construction Sprintcar Summer Slam atMag and Turbo Ruapuna Speedway on Friday evening, which featured the 25 lap Salute toGoodie plus Round 9 of the $60,000 War of the Wings Series.Australian Shaun Dobson took out the 25 Lap Salute to Goodie showing why he is recognised asone of the raising stars when holding out more powerful cars over the closing laps to win thehighly sought after race.Jamie McDonald was second from Jamie Larsen - both from Auckland, with Nelson's KrisGerald fourth from Cromwell's Jason Scott, the defending title holder, with Greg Clemence thefirst local home in sixth place.Tasmanian Dobson, who was runner-up in the Australian title last season, led from the openinglap with all the action coming behind in the 18 car field.Two of the favoured drivers, McDonald and local Jamie Duff had to work from the back of thefield with Sydney-sider Allan Woods. The race went under yellow first the time when former Black Cap, Nathan Astle, clipped the fence on the Prison bend, forcing him to retire.Dobson maintained his lead from Chapman and Ray Baughan with the latter bringing on theâ€˜yellows' when he spun out on lap ten, which saw Larsen moved into third from McDonald,Woods and Duff, then slowing dropping back through the field two laps later. On lap 15 Duff and Woods race ended when they tangled on the Town Bend with both Daniel Anderson andAllan Chapman then crashing their cars heavily into the Duff and Woods machines.When the race resumed Dobson quickly opened a nearly two second lead, McDonald thenclosing in on Larsen for second spot with McDonald finally making a pass stick in the TownBend with four laps to run, with the former New Zealand champion then closing the gap onDobson but to no avail.Earlier in the meeting Baughan maintained his lead in the General Tyres WOWSeries when claiming a win in one of his three heats while Scott closed the gap to Baughan to 60 points with one round remaining with Scott claiming a win in the final as well as a third andfourth placing. Nelson's Greg Teece moved into third place overall after Matt Honeywell suffered from car problems. Duff also had a horror night in heat racing leading all his races but forced to retire inall three due to mechanical issues.Ben Gilmore had a busy but successful evening racing in the TQ and Modified Sprint classes. Inthe TQ races he set a new 8 lap record when winning his opening heat before finishing behind
Jeremy Webb in the next ad then backing up with a win in the Feature. In the Modified Sprint he picked up a second and two thirds with Darryl and Kieran Harris each winning a heat race andTom Lumsden claiming the Feature.Dave Kerr was unbeaten in the Midget racing with Nick Donaldson claiming three seconds.A packed field of Six Shooters provided close racing with Sam O'Callaghan winning a heat andthe Feature and Daryl Wright claiming the other heat win.
Race ResultsSprintcars - War of the Wings - Round 9 Ht 1. Allan Woods (Aust) 1, Brett Sullivan (Cromwell) 2, Kris Gerard (Nelson) 3.
Ht 2. Ray Baughan 1, Caleb Brooks 2, Greg Clemence 3.
Ht 3. Jamie Larsen (Auck) 1, Gerard 2, Allan Chapman 3.
Ht 4. Shaun Dobson (Aust) 1, Nathan Astle 2, Greg Teece (Nelson) 3.
Ht 5. Larsen 1, Daniel Anderson (Cromwell) 2, Dobson 3.
Ht 6. Jason Scott (Cromwell) 1, Jamie McDonald 2, Teece 3. Series Points: Baughan 800, Scott 740, Teece 690, Matt Honeywell 630, Andy Erskine 615,Gerard 555, Nathan Astle 500, Chapman 435, Mark Evans 430, Sullivan 370, Anderson 370,Clemence 355, Brooks 275, Cory Price 195 Jamie Duff 180, Scott Gordon 175, Nigel Colvin140, Kyle Shearing 115, Ross McKinnel 115, Nigel Molloy 95, Lindsay Gilbert 90, AaronCleveland 85, Nigel Crosbie 65, Robbie Brown 55, Bryan Menefy 45, Brent Gaudion 40 , PhillCollinson 25, Gareth Thomas 15, Russell Jack 10, Anthony Dawson 5 Salute To Goodie Feature . Dobson 1, McDonald 2, Larsen 3, Gerard 4, Scott 5, Clemence 6. Midgets Ht 1. Dave Kerr 1, Nick Donaldson 2, Gavin Wilkie (Dunedin) 3.
Ht 2. Kerr 1, Donaldson 2, Scott Millar 3. Feature . Kerr 1, Donaldson 2, Millar 3. Three Quarter Midgets Ht 1. Ben Gilmore 1, Scott Bailey 2, Kate Warren 3.
Ht 2. Jeremy Webb 1, Gilmore 2, Blair Warren 3. Feature . Gilmore 1, Webb 2, Glover 3. Modified Sprints Ht 1. Darryl Harris 1, Tom Lumdsen 2, Ben Gilmore 3.
Ht 2. Kieran Harris 1, Gilmore 2, Lumsden 3. Feature . Lumsden 1, K Harris 2, Gilmore 3. Six Shooters Ht 1. Sam O'Callaghan (Cromwell) 1, Ben Smit 2, Glenn Stevens 3.
Ht 2. Daryl Wright 1, O'Callaghan 2, Todd Hay (Cromwell) 3. Feature . O'Callagan 1, Wright 2, Peter Keefe 3.
Â¼ Midgets Ht 1. Jayden Bradley (Nelson ) 1, Hunter Rowland 2, Montana Jamieson 3.
Ht 2. Jamieson 1, Jack Low 2, Liam McCoubrey 3. Final . Low 1, Jay Basalaj (Nelson) 2, McCoubrey 3.
Saturday 9 March Local Jamie Duff became the first driver to successfully defend the Sprintcar Gold Cup when hedominated the 25 lap Feature at Mag and Turbo Ruapuna Speedway on Saturday evening, withthe meeting the second in the CJ Phillips Construction Sprintcar Summer Slam and the final of the 2021-13 season.After failing to finish a race the previous night, Duff showed that he was out to retain the cupwhen charging from near the back of the field to finish in fourth place in the opening heat behinds Australian, Allan Woods and locals Allan Chapman and Greg Clemence.Duff then led from start to finish to win his other heat winning the race by nearly half a lap fromwinner of the Salute to Goodie, young Aussie hot shot - Shaun Dobson, with Nelson Greg Teecein third place from Auckland's Jamie McDonald, with Duff setting the fastest time of themeeting at 13.16 seconds.McDonald then joined Duff on the front row for the Feature when winning the final heat fromArrowtown's Jason Scott and local Ray Baughan. McDonald, who was out to win the Gold Cupfor the first time, charged to the lead in the Feature from Duff with Baughan in third place.Duff seemed content to stay in second place for the opening six laps and then closed in on theformer New Zealand champion with the two racing side by side for two laps before Duff took the lead coming of the Prison bend on lap 10. From this point Duff was always in control of therace and was untroubled to weave his way through the lap traffic, interest then settling on theminor placings with Woods and Jamie Larsen (Auckland) challenging Baughan for third place.McDonald had a scare of the closing laps as his car started to produce oil smoke over the closinglaps but it held together until the chequered flag, finishing second behind Duff with Baughanholding out the fast finishing Larsen to maintain third place.Duff who has based most of his racing in the North Island will contest the North Islandchampionship before heading off to the US to crew for American Jonathon Allard. Nick Donaldson was unbeaten in the Canterbury Midget champs winning all three heats andestablished a new 8 lap record of 2:01.06 seconds when winning the opening heat. Nelson's Nick Marquet was second overall with Glenn Everett in third place.Ben Gilmore continued his recent dominance in the TQ class, winning a heat and the Feature.Darryl Harris and Tom Lumsden each took out heat wins in the Modified Sprint class withKieran Harris winning the Feature.