Round Two of the Vinz Sprintcar Summer Slam again produced closing racing without one driver dominating. Matt Leversedge won the opening heat from Jayden Dodge and Matt Honeywell. Ray Baughan took out the next heat from Daniel Anderson (Te Anau), with Baughan’s son, Caleb in third place. Jamie Duff, who missed the opening round as his car was still being prepared, headed home Anderson and Allan Chapman.
The Feature which saw the highest points scorers starting off the back, saw Nathan Astle lead out on the opening lap with Honeywell passing the former test cricketer on the next lap with Jacob Brownlees and Jayden Dodge next in the running order. Honeywell continued to lead but by lap 11 Leversedge had moved into second place from Dodge and Duff. with Duff managing to get by Dodge after a great dice for six laps.
Over the closing laps Leversedge was using the low line to cut into Honeywell’s lead but with five laps to run the set-up on Leversedge’s car seemed to go ‘off’ which allowed Honeywell to move clear with Leversedge untroubled to hold on to second place from Duff with Dodge, Astle and Martin Harcourt rounding out the top six.
Liam McCoubrey was the big winner in the TQ Midgets, leading from start to finish in the Accessman 20 Lap Derby Feature and claim all the prizemoney put up for being the leading car on each lap, to rake in $800. McCoubrey started the night by winning the opening heat, with Greymouth’s Rodney Thompson claiming heat two and current NZ title holder, Jeremy Webb, in a borrowed car winning the final heat.
In the Feature McCoubrey and Webb started on the front row with McCoubrey seeing off and early challenge from Webb on the opening lap with Gareth Bindon quickly cement third spot. As the laps quickly clicked off McCoubrey held off Webb who was pressing. McCoubrey had to survive two restarts with McCoubrey finally managing to open up a handy lead over the closing laps with Bindon holding on to third place from the fast finishing Kyle Glover.
The Midgetcar section continued their build up for the New Zealand Title, at Ruapuna in late January when producing close fast racing with young Auckland driver, Max Guilford a welcome addition to the field. Jeremy Webb just managed to hold of Dave Kerr in the opening heat with Webb claiming the win by the slimmest of margins, just 0.015 of a second from Kerr with Glen Milroy third.
Heat 2 saw another close finish with Tom Lumsden and Guilford have a great battle for almost the entire race with Lumsden out in from with Guildford in the chasing role with the Aucklander coming from behind in the closing lap to lead going into the Prison Bend for the final time with Lumsden then forcing his way back into the lead coming out of the bend with the two cars touching with Lumsden crossing the line first only to be relegated two places by Speedway NZ officials. This left Guilford with the win, Glen Durie in second place from Lumsden.
The Feature saw plenty of racing right down the field with Webb leading from the opening lap closely followed by Guilford with a great way battle developing from third place with six drivers involved. Webb continued to lead with Guilford coming home strongly over the closing laps, leading briefly on the closing lap with Webb coming back on the line to take the win with Jack Low claiming third place.
There was plenty of action in the Modified Sprint class with Nelson’s Jayden Basalaj taking out the heat from Courtney Jones and Clayton Phillips. Basalaj's luck ran out in the second heat when he rolled his car on the second lap with Kieran Harris also suffering the same fate just a lap later on the Town Bend. Phillips went on to take the win from Michael Collins and Jones. The Feature race saw Phillips again claiming the chequered flag after being pressed all the way by Daniel Jenkins with Hayden Kedzlie.
Visiting Quarter Midget driver, Emerson Vincent dominated the opening round of the Southern Series. The Aucklander set the trend in the opening heat when taking the lead early on and was never seriously challenged, with Jacob Cunniffe second from Jacks Brownlees. Vincent heading home Cunniffe in the net heat from Ethan Smith with Vincent making it a clean sweep when claiming the Feature win from Cunniffe with Dyllan Forsey third.
Race Results: Sprintcars Vinz Summer Slam Ht 1. Matt Leversedge 1, Jayden Dodge 2, Matt Honeywell 3. Ht 2. Ray Baughan 1, Daniel Anderson (Te Anau) 2, Caleb Baughan 3. Ht 3. Jamie Duff 1, Anderson 2, Allan Chapman 3. Feature. Honeywell 1, Leversedge 2, Duff 3. Round Two Points – top 3. Leversedge 75, Duff 72 and Dodge 69. TQ's Accessman Derby 20 Ht 1. Liam McCoubrey 1, Conner Rangi (Nelson) 2, Michael Moulin 3. Ht 2. Rodney Thompson (Greymouth) 1, Ben Smith 2, Gareth Bindon 3. Ht 3. Jeremy Webb 1, Kyle Glover 2, McCoubrey Feature. McCoubrey 1, Webb 2, Bindon 3.
Midgets Ht 1. Jeremy Webb 1, Dave Kerr 2, Glen Milroy 3. Ht 2. Max Guilford (Auckland) 1, Glenn Durie 2, Tom Lumsden 3. Feature Webb 1, Guilford 2, Jack Low 3.
Modified Sprints Ht 1. Jayden Basalaj (Nelson) 1, Courtney Jones 2, Clayton Phillips 3. Ht 2. Phillips 1, Michael Collins 2, Jones 3. Feature. Phillips 1. Daniel Jenkins 2, Hayden Kedzlie 3.
Quarter Midgets – Round 1 Southern Series Ht 1. Emerson Vincent (Auckland) 2, Jacob Cunniffe 2, Jack Brownlees 3. Ht 2. Vincent 1, Cunniffe 2, Ethan Smith 3. Feature. Vincent 1, Cunniffe 2, Dyllan Forsey 3