How did Lloyd Stuart feel after winning production saloons champ of champs?

OFF THE WALL: There were some mighty hits in the stockcars class at Eastland Group Raceway on Saturday night, including Mason O’Dwyer (31G) putting Shaun Dunlop into the concrete wall. O’Dwyer made the most of his chance to drive James Kirk’s “tank” on the night. Picture by Exposure Photography
CAREER-FIRST: Lloyd Stuart picked up his first speedway sash after winning the production saloon car champ of champs. “I do not know how many times I’ve finished fourth in the 10 consecutive years I have been racing,” he said. Picture by Liam Clayton

LLOYD Stuart collected a career-first speedway sash on Saturday night when he won the Professional Fleet Maintenance production saloon car champion of champions title.

A small crowd braved the chilly southerly to watch what Gisborne Speedway Club president Grant MacGregor described as fantastic racing, which included some heavy hits in the stockcars class.

Stuart (34G) had first, second and fifth placings, then won a run-off with Fraser Wright (44G) to claim the crown.

“I do not know how many times I have finished fourth in the 10 consecutive years I have been racing, so to win tonight feels bloody awesome,” he said.

“I would not have got here without all the support I have received, especially from my wife Lisa and our children Madison and Brooke.

“The car went so well tonight; not bad for a car that hit the wall five weeks ago.”

Dave Gooch (95G) turned it on in the Phil Walsh Memorial race for production saloons.

He controlled the race throughout despite close attention from Dylan Quinn (7G), who broke down near the end.

Stuart and Wright pushed Gooch but he pulled away in the final lap to win well.

“Phil Walsh was a great old mate of mine and we had a lot of laughs over the years. It was great to win tonight for the Walsh family,” Gooch said.

MacGregor said the stockcar action was superb.

“We saw some of the heaviest hitting the local drivers have produced for a while.”

Bruce Harding (8G) was rolled three times in one huge hit from Mason O’Dwyer, who was driving James Kirk’s 31G tank.

“Bruce’s car was OK but Bruce had a sore neck. Mason is a chip off the old block and drove just as hard as his father Steve ever did.”

Kacey Cheetham (97R) from Rotorua was the driver of the night in that class.

“He is just about a local,” MacGregor said.

Brothers Ethan (76G) and Daniel Cook (77G) went hard all night in the saloons.

“Daniel’s new car certainly has some potential. It came straight out of the shed and on to the track, and it performed well,” said MacGregor.

Daniel was delighted with the car’s performance and the work his team and brother had done behind the scenes.

“It was very cool to come out tonight and give the team what they deserve — a good performance.”

“I was even more rapt to record a faster lap time than Ethan. The car is definitely on the pace and it’s pretty exciting. You could say it’s a big, new adventure for me and it’s full steam ahead from here.”

Daniel won two of the four saloon races and was second to Ethan in the other two.

MacGregor said race 3 in the youth ministocks was another highlight.

“Bailey Curtis (21G), Hamish Moore (16G) and Angus Briant (81G) went lap for lap against each other, and the lead changed hands several times”.

Curtis emerged the winner.

MacGregor made special mention of the fans who turned out on a cold night.

The next meeting is this Saturday. It features the Ashley Scott Memorial for stockcars, the Phil Law Panel and Engineering sidecar champion of champions and the Law-Cartwell Memorial for sidecars.

LLOYD Stuart collected a career-first speedway sash on Saturday night when he won the Professional Fleet Maintenance production saloon car champion of champions title.

A small crowd braved the chilly southerly to watch what Gisborne Speedway Club president Grant MacGregor described as fantastic racing, which included some heavy hits in the stockcars class.

Stuart (34G) had first, second and fifth placings, then won a run-off with Fraser Wright (44G) to claim the crown.

“I do not know how many times I have finished fourth in the 10 consecutive years I have been racing, so to win tonight feels bloody awesome,” he said.

“I would not have got here without all the support I have received, especially from my wife Lisa and our children Madison and Brooke.

“The car went so well tonight; not bad for a car that hit the wall five weeks ago.”

Dave Gooch (95G) turned it on in the Phil Walsh Memorial race for production saloons.

He controlled the race throughout despite close attention from Dylan Quinn (7G), who broke down near the end.

Stuart and Wright pushed Gooch but he pulled away in the final lap to win well.

“Phil Walsh was a great old mate of mine and we had a lot of laughs over the years. It was great to win tonight for the Walsh family,” Gooch said.

MacGregor said the stockcar action was superb.

“We saw some of the heaviest hitting the local drivers have produced for a while.”

Bruce Harding (8G) was rolled three times in one huge hit from Mason O’Dwyer, who was driving James Kirk’s 31G tank.

“Bruce’s car was OK but Bruce had a sore neck. Mason is a chip off the old block and drove just as hard as his father Steve ever did.”

Kacey Cheetham (97R) from Rotorua was the driver of the night in that class.

“He is just about a local,” MacGregor said.

Brothers Ethan (76G) and Daniel Cook (77G) went hard all night in the saloons.

“Daniel’s new car certainly has some potential. It came straight out of the shed and on to the track, and it performed well,” said MacGregor.

Daniel was delighted with the car’s performance and the work his team and brother had done behind the scenes.

“It was very cool to come out tonight and give the team what they deserve — a good performance.”

“I was even more rapt to record a faster lap time than Ethan. The car is definitely on the pace and it’s pretty exciting. You could say it’s a big, new adventure for me and it’s full steam ahead from here.”

Daniel won two of the four saloon races and was second to Ethan in the other two.

MacGregor said race 3 in the youth ministocks was another highlight.

“Bailey Curtis (21G), Hamish Moore (16G) and Angus Briant (81G) went lap for lap against each other, and the lead changed hands several times”.

Curtis emerged the winner.

MacGregor made special mention of the fans who turned out on a cold night.

The next meeting is this Saturday. It features the Ashley Scott Memorial for stockcars, the Phil Law Panel and Engineering sidecar champion of champions and the Law-Cartwell Memorial for sidecars.

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