New Zealand – Superstock Team Championships 2011: Part 2

The F1Stockcars.com New Zealand Team Champs reporter Paul Tully’s report covering Friday, the first day of racing. Part 2 of 3.

See Part 1 and Part 3.

Team GB’s first race was up against the Canterbury Gleneagles who are a very experienced team with some quick drivers including Malcolm Ngatai (72c).

Photo Paul Tully

Mick sat this one out and Tom used the GB00 car. At the start, the car of Mark Taylor GB03 was blocked by the opposing team’s Tank but Craig Finnikin GB04 managed to sneak through and take the lead. While the lead cars made their break, the car of GB01 Wainman was stranded on the start line, which was later diagnosed as battery problems. This left GB with only three cars against the Canterbury Gleneagles Teams four.

Back to the race and Finnikin had gained a fair lead and Tom was doing what he does best, blocking, and holding back the car of Murray Greig for the best part of the race.

Photo Paul Tully

Photo Paul Tully

The GB Team outshone the Canterbury Team in this race with Craig taking the win (this was later taken off him for overtaking on the grass and he was relegated to 3rd) while Mark was second. Team GB 145 points.

The second race for the British Lions was against the Stratford Scrappers in what should have been easy points for the Lions.

Photo Paul Tully

Mick again sat this one out, and once again Craig shot into the lead but was soon passed by two Stratford cars and once they passed, Craig could not gain on them. Tom was out on his own trying to block the other two Scrappers cars but was not having an easy time of it until the last lap when he slowed them slightly and he was pushed across the start/finish line sideways.

Photo Paul Tully

This still gave the two Stratford cars the one, two, with Finnikin, Taylor and Wainman coming home 3rd, 4th and 5th respectively. Points for Team GB Lions after the first night were 200; unfortunately not enough to challenge the title the following evening, the best they could do is get 3rd. I’m not sure of what the strategy behind that second race was but it did not seem to work and they needed to address that before Saturday night.

A great nights racing form all the teams and I must congratulate the management and track staff at Palmerston Speedway in getting this meeting underway with a lot of hard work and determination.

A couple of Pictures from the other Friday Team Races

Photo Paul Tully

Photo Paul Tully

Continue on to Part 3: The Finals.

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