Giants, Gladiators and champions

TOP NIGHT: The young guns in the Giants and Gladiators superstock and stockcar teams gave a good account of themselves at the speedway on Saturday night. Above, Ben Holt (64G) and James Clarke (66G) and their teammates gave the Meeanee Maulers a tight contest. Picture by Liam Clayton
The Giants demolished Whanganui, with Gisborne’s Jamie Hamilton (9G) among the hardest hitters. Picture by Liam Clayton
Sidecar racers 22G Callum Innes/Jason Rees and 56G Clive Ireland/Chris Symon were part of the speedway excitement.

THE Giants won, the Gladiators were pipped, Cody Gooch won the streetstocks champion of champions title and Ben Holt took out the stockcar classic at the Eastland Group Raceway on Saturday night.

Spectators were well entertained by the 26-race programme, with hard and fast competition in all classes.

The Giants team of Ethan Rees (127G), Jamie Hamilton (9G), James Kirk (331G), Tim Ross (144G) and James Mallia (99G) demolished the Whanganui Warriors in their Pacific Haulage-sponsored superstock teams race.

Ethan Rees crossed first to secure a clear-cut victory.

Giants manager Peter Rees (2NZ) watched the race from the infield.

“They had never raced as a team before and they really raced well as a team,” he said.

“They blocked when they had to. They did everything right.”

Kirk, in his second season in a superstock, was rapt with the team’s performance.

“It was pretty good,” he said.

“Growing with the team feels quite good. I’m getting more confident all the time.”

Peter Rees said the track was perfect again on Saturday night.

“Just beautiful, truly. We love a fast track like that.”

He won Heat 1 of the MTF Points Dash in association with Novus.

In Heat 2, he was bunted out of contention in pit corner in a fierce duel with his son Ethan (127G), who went on to win that race.

Jamie Hamilton (9G) took the chequered flag in the third race.

The Gisborne Gladiators were narrowly beaten by the Meeanee Maulers in the stockcar teams’ event.

James Clarke (66G), Ben Holt (64G), Mason O’Dwyer (99G), Jordan Fleetword (16G) and Dana Kingsbeer (83G) gave a good account of themselves.

“It was a narrow loss but it’s all about team learning,” team captain Clarke said.

“We’ll do better when we meet them again in Hawke’s Bay next weekend.”

Holt won the Gisborne Hydraulic Services Stockcar Classic with plenty of speed and precision in his performance. Two wins and a second placing told the story.

The streetstock brigade turned on a hard-fought three-heat series of races to decide the Robert Harris Cafe champion of champions title.

David “Duck” Hampton cleared out to win the first heat and was well placed in the second until he was spun in pit corner by one of the Gooch Motorsport cars.

Cody Gooch (6G) raced consistently and with purpose all night to record a first, a second and a third. The accumulated points secured him the title.

Sidecar duo Clive Ireland and his swinger Chris Symon raced exceptionally well in a small field, winning three races from three starts.

The production saloon class was hard-fought, and Sean Robertson (16G) emerged the standout driver on the night.

Robertson finished with two firsts and a second.

In the best of the heats, Race 3, he was pressed hard by Crystal Peach (3NZ), who was right on his tail for much of the journey, but he held on to win.

Matt Schultz (46G) racked up a good all-the-way drive in Heat 2, despite all sorts of race pressure, particularly from Robertson.

The Ethan and Daniel Cook show established itself early on in the saloon car race series.

Whatever starting positions they drew, the Cook brothers 1NZ Ethan and 77G Daniel quickly closed and fought out the top two spots.

It was a joy to watch their power and precision handling.

“At times they drove like they were attached to each other . . . just awesome,” one fan said.

Younger brother Ethan won the first two races, and Daniel took the third.

Newcomer Evan Mooney (16G) raced well again and for one glorious lap in Heat 2 had his nose in front of the hard-charging Cooks.

There was plenty of driving room in the small youth ministock field where Seth McKay (48G) was the local standout, with two seconds and a third.

The club’s next meeting, on December 7, will include the V8 saloon series.

RESULTS of the Gisborne Speedway Club meeting at the Eastland Group Raceway on Saturday night —

Streetstocks

Race 1: David Hampton (88G) 1; Brent Redington (3NZ) 2; Cody Gooch (6G) 3. Race 2: Cody Gooch (6G) 1; Sean Gooch (9G) 2; Brenden Gooch (2NZ) 3. Race 3: Ben Yeoman (16B) 1; Cody Gooch (6G) 2; David Hampton (88G) 3.

Robert Harris Streetstock Champ of Champs: Cody Gooch (6G) 1; Sean Gooch (9G) 2; Brent Redington (3NZ) 3.

MTF in Association with Novus Superstock Points Dash — Race 1: Peter Rees (2NZ) 1; James Kirk (331G) 2; Jamie Hamilton (9G) 3. Race 2: Ethan Rees (127G) 1; Jamie Hamilton (9G) 2; James Kirk (331G) 3. Race 3, Tool Shed feature race: Jamie Hamilton (9G) 1; Ethan Rees (127G) 2; James Mallia (99G) 3.

Pacific Haulage Superstock and Stockcar Teams Race, Gisborne Giants v Whanganui Warriors — Winner: Gisborne Giants.

Gisborne Gladiators v Meeanee Maulers — Winner: Meeanee Maulers.

Production saloons

Race 1: Sean Robertson (16G) 1; Crystal Peach (3NZ) 2; Lloyd Stuart (34G) 3. Race 2: Matt Schultz (46G) 1; Sean Robertson (16G) 2; Lloyd Stuart (34G) 3. Race 3: Sean Robertson (16G) 1; Crystal Peach (3NZ) 2; Lloyd Stuart (34G) 3.

Stockcars

Race 1: Ben Holt (4G) 1; Clinton Cheetham (36H) 2; Daniel Melling (24B) 3. Race 2: Mason O’Dwyer (99G) 1; Ben Holt (4G) 2; Trevor McArthur (128G) 3. Race 3: Ben Holt (4G) 1; Kacey Cheetham (97K) 2; Dana Kingsbeer (83G) 3.

Gisborne Hydraulic Services Stockcar Classic: Ben Holt (4G) 1; Jemma Palmer (14B) 2; Tony Palmer (74B) 3.

Sidecars

Race 1: Ireland/Symon (56G) 1; Rees/Innes (22G) 2; Boaler/Wealleans (27B) 3. Race 2: Ireland/Symon (56G) 1; Rees/Innes (22G) 2; Boaler/Wealleans (27B) 3. Race 3: Ireland/Symon (56G) 1; Boaler/Wealleans (27B) 2; Rees/Innes (22G) 3.

Saloons

Race 1: Ethan Cook (1NZ) 1; Daniel Cook (77G) 2; Bailey Curtis (221G). Race 2: Ethan Cook (1NZ) 1; Daniel Cook (77G) 2; Bailey Curtis (221G) 3. Race 3: Daniel Cook (77G) 1; Ethan Cook (1NZ) 2; Evan Mooney (16G) 3.

Ministocks

Race 1: Tara Whiteman (81G) 1; Liam Danielson (11B) 2; Seth McKay (48G) 3. Race 2: Liam Danielson (11B) 1; Seth McKay (48G) 2; Tara Whiteman (81G) 3. Race 3: Liam Danielson (11B) 1; Seth McKay (48G) 2; Tara Whiteman (81G) 3.

THE Giants won, the Gladiators were pipped, Cody Gooch won the streetstocks champion of champions title and Ben Holt took out the stockcar classic at the Eastland Group Raceway on Saturday night.

Spectators were well entertained by the 26-race programme, with hard and fast competition in all classes.

The Giants team of Ethan Rees (127G), Jamie Hamilton (9G), James Kirk (331G), Tim Ross (144G) and James Mallia (99G) demolished the Whanganui Warriors in their Pacific Haulage-sponsored superstock teams race.

Ethan Rees crossed first to secure a clear-cut victory.

Giants manager Peter Rees (2NZ) watched the race from the infield.

“They had never raced as a team before and they really raced well as a team,” he said.

“They blocked when they had to. They did everything right.”

Kirk, in his second season in a superstock, was rapt with the team’s performance.

“It was pretty good,” he said.

“Growing with the team feels quite good. I’m getting more confident all the time.”

Peter Rees said the track was perfect again on Saturday night.

“Just beautiful, truly. We love a fast track like that.”

He won Heat 1 of the MTF Points Dash in association with Novus.

In Heat 2, he was bunted out of contention in pit corner in a fierce duel with his son Ethan (127G), who went on to win that race.

Jamie Hamilton (9G) took the chequered flag in the third race.

The Gisborne Gladiators were narrowly beaten by the Meeanee Maulers in the stockcar teams’ event.

James Clarke (66G), Ben Holt (64G), Mason O’Dwyer (99G), Jordan Fleetword (16G) and Dana Kingsbeer (83G) gave a good account of themselves.

“It was a narrow loss but it’s all about team learning,” team captain Clarke said.

“We’ll do better when we meet them again in Hawke’s Bay next weekend.”

Holt won the Gisborne Hydraulic Services Stockcar Classic with plenty of speed and precision in his performance. Two wins and a second placing told the story.

The streetstock brigade turned on a hard-fought three-heat series of races to decide the Robert Harris Cafe champion of champions title.

David “Duck” Hampton cleared out to win the first heat and was well placed in the second until he was spun in pit corner by one of the Gooch Motorsport cars.

Cody Gooch (6G) raced consistently and with purpose all night to record a first, a second and a third. The accumulated points secured him the title.

Sidecar duo Clive Ireland and his swinger Chris Symon raced exceptionally well in a small field, winning three races from three starts.

The production saloon class was hard-fought, and Sean Robertson (16G) emerged the standout driver on the night.

Robertson finished with two firsts and a second.

In the best of the heats, Race 3, he was pressed hard by Crystal Peach (3NZ), who was right on his tail for much of the journey, but he held on to win.

Matt Schultz (46G) racked up a good all-the-way drive in Heat 2, despite all sorts of race pressure, particularly from Robertson.

The Ethan and Daniel Cook show established itself early on in the saloon car race series.

Whatever starting positions they drew, the Cook brothers 1NZ Ethan and 77G Daniel quickly closed and fought out the top two spots.

It was a joy to watch their power and precision handling.

“At times they drove like they were attached to each other . . . just awesome,” one fan said.

Younger brother Ethan won the first two races, and Daniel took the third.

Newcomer Evan Mooney (16G) raced well again and for one glorious lap in Heat 2 had his nose in front of the hard-charging Cooks.

There was plenty of driving room in the small youth ministock field where Seth McKay (48G) was the local standout, with two seconds and a third.

The club’s next meeting, on December 7, will include the V8 saloon series.

RESULTS of the Gisborne Speedway Club meeting at the Eastland Group Raceway on Saturday night —

Streetstocks

Race 1: David Hampton (88G) 1; Brent Redington (3NZ) 2; Cody Gooch (6G) 3. Race 2: Cody Gooch (6G) 1; Sean Gooch (9G) 2; Brenden Gooch (2NZ) 3. Race 3: Ben Yeoman (16B) 1; Cody Gooch (6G) 2; David Hampton (88G) 3.

Robert Harris Streetstock Champ of Champs: Cody Gooch (6G) 1; Sean Gooch (9G) 2; Brent Redington (3NZ) 3.

MTF in Association with Novus Superstock Points Dash — Race 1: Peter Rees (2NZ) 1; James Kirk (331G) 2; Jamie Hamilton (9G) 3. Race 2: Ethan Rees (127G) 1; Jamie Hamilton (9G) 2; James Kirk (331G) 3. Race 3, Tool Shed feature race: Jamie Hamilton (9G) 1; Ethan Rees (127G) 2; James Mallia (99G) 3.

Pacific Haulage Superstock and Stockcar Teams Race, Gisborne Giants v Whanganui Warriors — Winner: Gisborne Giants.

Gisborne Gladiators v Meeanee Maulers — Winner: Meeanee Maulers.

Production saloons

Race 1: Sean Robertson (16G) 1; Crystal Peach (3NZ) 2; Lloyd Stuart (34G) 3. Race 2: Matt Schultz (46G) 1; Sean Robertson (16G) 2; Lloyd Stuart (34G) 3. Race 3: Sean Robertson (16G) 1; Crystal Peach (3NZ) 2; Lloyd Stuart (34G) 3.

Stockcars

Race 1: Ben Holt (4G) 1; Clinton Cheetham (36H) 2; Daniel Melling (24B) 3. Race 2: Mason O’Dwyer (99G) 1; Ben Holt (4G) 2; Trevor McArthur (128G) 3. Race 3: Ben Holt (4G) 1; Kacey Cheetham (97K) 2; Dana Kingsbeer (83G) 3.

Gisborne Hydraulic Services Stockcar Classic: Ben Holt (4G) 1; Jemma Palmer (14B) 2; Tony Palmer (74B) 3.

Sidecars

Race 1: Ireland/Symon (56G) 1; Rees/Innes (22G) 2; Boaler/Wealleans (27B) 3. Race 2: Ireland/Symon (56G) 1; Rees/Innes (22G) 2; Boaler/Wealleans (27B) 3. Race 3: Ireland/Symon (56G) 1; Boaler/Wealleans (27B) 2; Rees/Innes (22G) 3.

Saloons

Race 1: Ethan Cook (1NZ) 1; Daniel Cook (77G) 2; Bailey Curtis (221G). Race 2: Ethan Cook (1NZ) 1; Daniel Cook (77G) 2; Bailey Curtis (221G) 3. Race 3: Daniel Cook (77G) 1; Ethan Cook (1NZ) 2; Evan Mooney (16G) 3.

Ministocks

Race 1: Tara Whiteman (81G) 1; Liam Danielson (11B) 2; Seth McKay (48G) 3. Race 2: Liam Danielson (11B) 1; Seth McKay (48G) 2; Tara Whiteman (81G) 3. Race 3: Liam Danielson (11B) 1; Seth McKay (48G) 2; Tara Whiteman (81G) 3.

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