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Wood stampedes in Palmerston
Tauranga racer Rodney Wood won the PN Partsworld Sprint Car Stampede at Palmerston North on Saturday night, the main support event at the finals of the Super Stock Car Teams Nationals.
Wood led home Wanganui’s Peter Huijs in the final – a one-two result for Mopar-engined cars ¬– with Taranaki’s Skinny Colson taking third spot after leading in the early laps.
The stampede attracted a strong 17-car field including Aucklander Philip Game and Little Rock, Arkansas, visitor Ricky Logan having a run in the Gerard Ness owned Schnee raced earlier in the season by Midget Car ace Michael Pickens.
Panthers unstoppable in Manawatu
The defending champion Palmerston North Panthers were an unstoppable force at the CIS New Zealand Super Stock Teams Champs raced at Palmerston North last night.
The Panthers had easily won through the Friday night qualifying races and accounted for the Wanganui Warriors in the first semi-final on Saturday when Peter Bengston claimed line honours.
The Panthers’ opposition in the final were the Hawke’s Bay Hawkeyes who came through a very hard-fought semi-final against the Christchurch Glen Eagles.
In the final the sole Hawkeye to complete more than the first lap was Steve O’Dwyer, and the Panthers were in control throughout with Peter Rees, Scott Miers and Shane Penn taking a 1-2-3 finish.
It was the Panthers’ 11th win in 25 years.
Linklater wins NZ TQ GP
A busy race week for speedway’s leading Three-Quarter Midget Car drivers in the South Island was wrapped up last night with Tauranga-based Western Springs racer Ross Linklater winning the New Zealand GP at Christchurch’s Powerbuilt Speedway.
Linklater had finished runner-up to newly crowned national champion Ryan O’Connor (Auckland) at Tuesday night’s TQ Masters event at Powerbuilt Raceway and went one better to lead the 20-lap Grand Prix from start to finish after qualifying on the front row alongside O’Connor.
The teenaged national champion ran second until passed by fellow Aucklander Lawrence Baker on the final lap.