New Zealand – Superstock Team Championships 2011: Part 1

The New Zealand Team Champs reporter Paul Tully’s introductory report. Part 1 of 3.

See Part 2 and Part 3.

It was a miracle that they ran the 2011 Enzed Super stock Teams at Palmerston North as the forecast for the whole weekend was rain. We left Rotorua on Thursday morning, the sun was shining and it was pleasantly warm. Being my first time in the country and not knowing what to expect I cadged a lift in the Team Wainman Truck (wasn’t free I might add, I had to wash the truck first).

Frankie Wainman Jnr's truck. Photo by Paul Tully

As is the norm upon arrival to Palmerston, everyone heads to the workshops of Scott Miers and the home of the Panthers Team. This is where the team GB cars are kept and prepared for the weekends racing. It is so busy it reminds me so much of the pit area at Silverstone during the British GP.

Photo by Paul Tully

The Thursday evening was taken up by a special 30th anniversary dinner where there were many guest speakers from past and present sports personalities (including our own Mr Jnr Wainman) and there was also plenty of old and new cars on display. This function was attended by all the British crew and their families and also present were visitors from Holland with a view perhaps of entering a Dutch team in the near future?

Day one and the rains came. Everyone went back down to the Panthers workshops and then on to Palmerston Town centre for the Scrutineering and fans meet and greet. Unfortunately when we arrived the weather was so bad and it had become so wet that we were ordered direct to the track.

Photo by Paul Tully

Decisions were being made later that day as to whether the meeting would go ahead (in New Zealand they do not run in the rain). The rain eventually gave way and the decision was made to grade the track and remove the top layer so as the racing could take place. The racing started after a short delay; once again Team GB British Lions were back to try and take away the title.

The Team GB Lineup

The Team for 2011 consisted of GB00 Mick Harris, GB01 Frankie Wainman Jnr, GB02 Tom Harris, GB03 Mark Taylor, and GB04 Craig Finnikin with Chris Brocksopp coming in as reserve driver. Tony Maclanachan was once again the Team Manager.

Mick Harris. Photo by Paul Tully

Frankie Wainman Jnr. Photo by Paul Tully

Tom Harris. Photo by Paul Tully

Mark Taylor. Photo by Paul Tully

Craig Finnikin. Photo by Paul Tully

Chris Brocksopp. Photo by Paul Tully

Team GB 2011. Photo by Paul Tully

The Parade Lap

Photo by Paul Tully

Photo by Paul Tully

Not an empty seat in the house. Photo by Paul Tully

Continue on to Part 2: Let Battle Commence.

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