By Daniel Neville
The Hickey Contractors Easter Extravaganza kicked off on Saturday night at TWS Paradise Valley Speedway with five classes on show and plenty of action on the track to keep the patrons entertained.
Ministocks opened the meeting with the Grant0s Easter champs forthe seniors and the Toolshed Easter champs for the junior division. Race one for the seniors went to 334r Devon Hunter. Heat two saw a huge double roll when 93r Flynn Fraser and 11r Jack Cunningham came together just past the tower with both drivers walking away unharmed. The win went to 212R Terence Dorrell after a great battle with 88r Cohen Wright. Dorrell sprinted away from pole for the race win and championship win overall. The juniors saw wins for 66rQuintin Body, 13r Sean Nicholls and 21r Jack Wilson with the overall win in the juniors going to 9r Kierren Flower who was near the front all meeting.
Ministock Senior Points
Ministock Junior Points
The Superstocks were divided into 2 groups to qualify for their Easter Champs.Group one heat one went to 9r Brent Stewart who avoided the first few laps of pile ups. 19m Kerry Remnant took out the next two heats in fine styleto qualify comfortably. Group two heat one was won by 98m Mark Costello after early leader 38m Ross Ashby climbed the wall and copped a puncture. Heat two was a Stratford benefit with 282s Phil Ogle winning by the slimmest of margins. Heat three was another win for Costello who was fast all night.
The Modifieds were back after a long stint away from the valley. They were competing for the Bay of Plenty champs and part one ofthe Easter champs. 12 of the winged warriors were present and heat one saw a huge rollover for 18r Paul Fergussonafter contact with the concrete while 193h Syd Ferguson wobbled onto the infield with a collapsed rear end. Veteran 67s Bunter Pierce took the heat win from a hard charging Luke Brown in the 1nz car. Heat two saw another roll and this time it was heat one winner Pierce who dumped the 67s in turn one. Things were a bit tidier from there with Ferguson in 193h holding off former multiple national champion 11a Jamie Fox for the win. Heat three it was Fox all the way with a flag to flag win and the Bay of Plenty championship win as well.
One final race for the Modifieds was a 15 lapper for the Ginge Hayward Memorial and had the highest points scorers off the back in a winner takes all race. After a 5 car pile up on the first corner, the restart saw 63a Daniel Crumpe who took the lead but spun it away gifting Pierce the lead where he went on to win.
The Stockcars run the same format at the Superstocks with the top 13 from each group making the finals. 544r Dion Henderson scored maximum points after winning the opening two heats for group one. Heat three went the way of 733r David Rumney.
Heat one for group two went to 91r Tony Coxhead with 188r Tony Gallagher a close second.Heats two and three were won by 45r Sean Wepa which meant he easily made the finals tomorrow night.
Stockcars Group One Points
Stockcars Group Two Points
The Production Saloons had three heats for their Easter champs. The heat one winner was 32r Baelie Johnson with heat going to Gisborne visitor 48g Seth Mckay. The third and final heat was won by 95r Craig Jones. Overall it was sheer consistency from 48g Seth Mckay that saw him take out the Easter championship.
Production Saloon Easter Champs
Production Saloon Best Pairs
Tomorrow from 5pm the Superstocks, Stockcars and Modifieds will resume their Easter champs. Joining them will be Saloons and Streetstocks who will compete for their respective Easter champs then the Bobcat Services Demolition Derby will be the last hurrah for the season with carnage guaranteed.
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