Even though the meeting was pushed out by a week due to a scheduling issue by Hampton Downs, we had a reasonable turnout but lost Alan Pearce due to the clash with a CMC Round at Taupo.
The weather did at some stages during the day look a bit doubtful but, in the end, turned out ok.
It was the silver HQ of Kayton that took pole with a very good time of 1:12.746 followed by Dave Campbell in the Mustang and Colin Schischka in the Corvette. Michael Crawley in his Commodore was the quickest of the Class B cars, then Warren in the blue SLR 5000 followed by Wes in the white L34. Unfortunately for Graham in the red Charger, the bottom snapped off his distributor so he was out for the rest of the day.
While Kayton led away from pole ok Dave was hard on his heels and managed to get into the lead on lap 5 which he did nor relinquish, although it was very close at the end with a lest than 2 second gap between them. Colin in the Corvette had been going well until a spin and the exhaust coming off caused him to retire on lap 5. This DNF however did mean that 2nd in Class A now went to Kayton. That however was not the end of the dramas with Lee Budd in the old NZV8 missing a shift and damaging the engine which was definitely the end to his day. Veen also had engine issues and retired on lap 7, not to be seen again.
As usual this was our first handicap race. It ended with Colin who has managed to get the muffler back on the Corvette leading the field home, closely followed by Dave in the Mustang and Craig Horn in the red XU-1 Torana. We also had a retirement in this race with Michael Crawley coming into the pits after one lap with fuel pump issues which fortunately Vince managed to resolve.
Our second handicap and last race of the season was appropriately won by Ross Golding in his Malboro Commodore from Craig in the XU-1 and then Dave again in the Mustang.
Final Standings are:
Class A 1st Ross Golding, 2nd Kayton Coughey, 3rd Colin Schischka
Class B 1st Michael Crawley, 2nd Paul Burnet, 3rd Wes Kidby
Invitation 1st Lee Budd 2nd Paul Urquhart