Simon Joblin and Shane Dewar took the top awards in the Manawatu Superstock and Minisprint Champs respectively at the Robertson Holden International Speedway on Saturday night.
Total Sheetmetals Manawatu Superstock Champs
An excellent field of 30 Superstocks faced the starter for the opening heat of three, with visitor and former champion 19c Malcolm Ngatai powering to victory ahead of 58p Peter Bengston and 94p William Humphries. 3nzp Simon Joblin won the second heat comfortably from 581p Jordan Dare and 95p Clive Elliot. Ngatai struggled all race and Humphries suffered a puncture, while Bengston’s fourth place saw him top the points table heading into the final heat on 56. Elliot was two behind after a pair of solid finishes, with Joblin two points further back on 52 and Dare had accumulated 49 points.
The points leader was hindered successfully in the third heat by 557c Darrel Wallace, with 62p Adam Joblin taking the chequered flag ahead of Dare and 38p Zane Dykstra. Simon Joblin’s fifth place saw him first equal with Dare overall on 78 points, clinching the Manawatu title in a 4-lap runoff. 71p Shane Mellsop’s consistency nabbed him the final spot on the podium six points adrift, with Ngatai a further three points behind in fourth.
Manawatu Minisprint Champs
Twenty cars lined up for a pair of reverse-grid qualifying heats, determining grid positions for a 20-lap final race. 2nzp Shane Dewar scored 35 points from a possible 40 and would start on pole, ahead of 18s Daniel Nickel who scored 33 points, 58s Bayley Betts with 31 and equal on 30 points were 72p Elliot Heron and 82s Cameron Hurley. First heat winner 53v Dylan Smith started down the field after a tumble in the second heat, while 10s Shaun Dickie was out for the night after a rollover in the opener. Dewar won at a canter to defend his Manawatu title ahead of the consistent Nickel and Heron, with Betts unlucky to finish off the podium after his best showing here since moving up from Ministocks.
Heat One: 19c Malcolm Ngatai, 58p Peter Bengston, 94p William Humphries, 44p Brendan Sharland, 95p Clive Elliot, 77p Scott Penn - Fastest Lap: 3nzp - 17.9712
Heat Two: 3nzp Simon Joblin, 581p Jordan Dare, 95p, 58p, 71p Shane Mellsop, 791p William Hart - Fastest Lap: 3nzp - 18.1976
Heat Three: 62p Adam Joblin, 581p, 38p Zane Dykstra, 77p, 3nzp, 71p - Fastest Lap: 28p - 18.2967
Heat One: 53v Dylan Smith, 2nzp Shane Dewar, 58s Bayley Betts, 57p Herb Tarrant, 8p Nathan Jefferies, 18s Daniel Nickel - Fastest Lap: 2nzp - 15.5403
Heat Two: 72p Elliot Heron, 82s Cameron Hurley, 18s, 3nzh Ben Vaughan, 2nzp, 37p Todd Phillips - Fastest Lap: 82s - 15.5081
Final: 2nzp, 18s, 72p, 58s, 82s, 37p - Fastest Lap: 2nzp - 15.5518
Race One: 172p Daniel Burmeister, 174p Brendon Learmonth, 67p Alec Wilson, 18p Luke Healey, 278p Rob Mason, 135p Jaden Hall - Fastest Lap: 882p - 19.7101
Race Two: 882p, 135p, 72p Tony Norman, 172p, 173p Greg Eden, 174p - Fastest Lap: 172p - 19.5896
Feature: 76p Cameron Renwick, 172p, 278p, 174p, 75p Katie Prescott, 135p - Fastest Lap: 882p - 19.5660
Race One: 24s Mark Willans, 95s Duane Hickman, 6s Neville Thompson, 4v Glen Huijs, 8v Andre de Crous - Fastest Lap: 95s - 15.6294
Race Two: 93p Karl McGill, 95s, 68p Chris Bagrie, 7v Ben Huijs, 24s, 4v - Fastest Lap: 95s - 16.7028
Feature: 95s, 93p, 24s, 68p, 6s, 7v - Fastest Lap: 95s - 16.7131
Group One - Race One: 24p Stu Sowry & Dean Harding, 84p Jimmy Hotton & Nick Dunne, 55p Justin Maulder & Karl Carpendale, 71p Tim Plummer & Cameron Patterson, 22p Johnny Blakemore & Brad Horn
Group Two - Race One: 46p Russell Stuart & Andrew Parker, 96p Mark Whye & Jacob Cooper, 17p Tony Hislop & Matt Stewart
Group One - Race Two: 8p Rob Miller & Raymond George, 55p
Group Two - Race Two: 46p, 17p, 96p, 24p, 84p
Feature: 8p, 17p, 24p, 84p
Race One: 12p Seth Hodge, 21p Cody Hodge, 32s Liam Whelan, 55s Caleb Coxhead, 10s Jesse Whelan, 55p Max Lowe - Fastest Lap: 21p - 20.3196
Race Two: 56v Trent James, 77p Kurtis Tinetti, 21p, 41s Tait Scott, 5p Floyd Penn, 72p Liam Linklater
Feature: 21p, 32s, 5p, 77p, 55s, 55p - Fastest Lap: 32s - 20.3745