Gary Chadwick had the honour of lifting the Midgetcar Jubilee Cup, at the Racecourse Hotel and Motorlodge Ruapuna Speedway on Saturday evening. The Cup was to mark 80 years since the first midgetcar race was held in Christchurch at the old Monica Parthe fast finish k Speedway in Woolston.
The race proved to be a worthy celebration of the event with Chadwick a three-way battle developing on the opening laps between Dave Kerr, Tom Lumsden and Chadwick. Kerr was the early leader from Lumsden with Chadwick in third place. Chadwick when passed Lumsden before taken over the lead from Kerr on lap five, with the face going under caution two laps later when Jack Low spun out of the Town Bend.
On the restart Kerr briefly regained the lead when pulling off a slide-job on Chadwick but Chadick and Lumsden both cut under Kerr. Kerr then lost third place to Shane Clark on lap ten and then claimed seconds spot from Lumsden with six laps to run. Chadwick went on to take the chequered flag with Clark holding on second from Lumsden from the fast finishing Scott Millar and Glen Durie with Kerr having to settle for sixth place.
Nineteen sprintcars lined-up for the Canterbury championships which was keenly contested. Caleb Brooks, Ben Gilmore and Jamie Duff each took out a heat win, with blanket finishes happening right down the field. The 20 lap Feature saw eventual winner Matt Honeywell storm from grid 14 to the front to claim victory from Jamie Duff and Steve Duff junior. Jamie Duff lead out early from his brother with Jayden Dodge and Allan Chapman having a great battle from third place.
The leaders were lapping rivals by the eighth lap and two laps later Jamie Duff’s lead was 2.27 second from his sibling with Honeywell having sliced his was up to third place and closing fast on the leaders. With a lap to race Jason Manson car pulled to a stop on the track which brought on the caution lights and on the two lap restart Honeywell blasted to the lead and the Duff’s and no answer with Jamie Duff heading home Steve from third lap from Gilmore, Ray Baughan and Luke Keegan rounding out the top six.
Pete Stephens and swinger, Dylan Fox claimed the Sidecar Clay Cup from ‘Nuckle’ Hill / Nic Case and Aaron Sullivan / Desmond Shackel. The pair of Stephens and Fox were untroubled to win all three of their heats and were then clear winners in an entertaining final.
Kieran Harris made it a winning return to the Modified Sprint ranks after four years and won the first two heats, heading home Clayton Phillips, with Wayne Thompson winning the final heat. Harris then took out the Feature, setting a new 8 lap record of 1:59.9017 seconds. Phillips then claimed the Flying Farewell, from Brendon Daly and Nicola Thompson.
Records also set during the Six Shooter racing with Jamie Duff establishing a eight lap mark when winning the opening heat with Liam McCoubrey jumping into the class for the meeting and set a new 10 lap record of 2:49.4586 when winning the Feature from Duff and Daryl Wright, it was the second time the record was bettered in as many meetings.
Jack Nairn was the standout in the Quarter Midget development class, with Nairn following home winner Ethan Smith in the first run of the night with Nairn when going unbeaten for the rest of the night.
Race Results Midgetcars - Jubilee Cup Ht 1. Dave Kerr 1, Jeremy Webb 2, Tom Lumsden 3. Ht 2. Glen Durie 1, Kerr 2, Jack Low 3. Feature. Gary Chadwick 1, Shane Clark 2, Lumsden 3.
Sprintcars - Canterbury Championships Ht 1. Caleb Brooks 1, Greg Clemmence 2, Martin Harcourt 3. Ht 2. Ben Gilmore 1, Jayden Dodge 2, Allan Clapman 3. Ht 3. Jamie Duff 1, Jason Mason 2, Steve Duff junior 3. Feature. Matt Honeywell 1, J Duff 2, S Duff 3.
Modified Sprints Ht 1. Kieran Harris 1, Clayton Phillips 2, Nicola Thompson 3. Ht 2. Harris 1, Phillips 2, Brendon Daly 3. Ht 3. Wayne Thompson 1, Daly 2, Phillips 3. Feature. Harris 1, Phillips 2, Daly 3. Flying Farewell. Phillips 1, Daly 2, N Thompson 3.
Six Shooters -Tri Series Ht 1. Jamie Duff 1, Daryl Wright, Liam McCoubrey 3. Ht 2. Peter Keith 1, Gene Spooner 2, McCoubrey 3. Ht 3. Spooner 1, Andrew Gregge 2, Keith 3. Feature. McCoubrey 1, Duff 2, Wright 3.
Sidecars – Clay Cup Ht 1. Pete Stevens / Dylan Fox 1, Nuckle Hill / Nic Case (Blenheim) 2, Clint Warwood / Kyle Smith 3. Ht 2. Aaron Sullivan / Desmond Shackel 1, Stu Anderson /Shaun Harris (Blenheim) 2. Ht 3. Hill / Case 1, Anderson / Harris 2. Ht 4. Stephens/ Fox 1, Sullivan / Shackel 2, Jeff Aldridge / Jed McLellan 3. Ht 5. Stevens / Fox 1, Aldridge /McLellan 2. Ht 6. Sullivan / Shackel 1, Anderson / Harris 2. Final. Stephens / Fox 1, Hill / Case 2, Sullivan / Shackel 3.
Quarter Midgets Ht 1. Ethan Smith 1, Jack Nairn 2, Dyllan Forsey 3. Ht 2. Nairn 1, Forsey 2, Jacob Cunniffe 3. Final. Nairn 1, Forsey 2, Cunniiffe 3.