Northern News : January 23rd 2013
22 NORTHERN NEWS, JANUARY 23, 2013 SPORT Heart-stopping action on track Stigging to it: Tony the Stig Cree takes the trophy in the limited saloons at Kaikohe Speedway. Kaikohe Speedway's race day was held in hot, brilliant sunshine on January 13. First out were the limited saloons competing over three rounds. With five cars gridlocked, John the Hussler Hussey took an early lead, but when several cars pulled over with mechanical problems, it left an easy win for Tony the Stig Cree. Following repairs, all cars returned to the track for the final two rounds and Tony Cree held on to his lead to win the trophy. The super saloon trophy race was also run over 3 rounds. Shirley Shirl-The-Girl Andresen took an early lead from the boys but the mechanical gremlins were out in force and Shirley pulled off the track with fuel pump problems. This left Kyle Webster and Keith Wilson on the track dicing for position. There was some heart- stopping action with Kyle up on two wheels and Keith clipping the wall. In the end Kyle came out with top points to take the silverware home. Next race meeting February 2, 1pm start. Sailors return from Hobart race Sydney-Hobart: Rikki is escorted into Hobart Harbour at the end of the yacht race. Ray Haslar and Andy Shields with a crew of three teens -- Harris Bindon, Ned Dalbeth-Hudson and Chris Smith -- arrived in Opua on January 9 from Hobart, making the sailing trip in just under seven days. Haslar's yacht Rikki was one of two Kiwi entries in December's Sydney to Hobart yacht race which pro- duced its usual mix of con- ditions -- living up to its name as one of the world's most tactical races. The crew felt well tested in winds of up to 40 knots. Hitting a huge sunfish at 18 knots slowed the boat to 4 knots. Moving back and forth for an hour to detach the jelly-like creature from the keel didn't help their race time. Then less than a mile from the finish in the Derwent River the wind dropped to zero knots but that's the Sydney-Hobart. Rikki came 27th out of 76 yachts in a time of 03:20:15:48 seconds. Riders in fine form at show Gotcha: Jess Carter ends 2012 on a high note winning the Fiber Fresh 1.25m championship class in Taupo on her horse Gunna Getcha. The Taupo Christmas Classic Showjumping Show was held just prior to Christmas with more than 800 horses compet- ing from the North and South islands. This show is always popular with showjum- pers and Kerikeri riders did extremely well against tough competition. Jess Carter riding her horse Gunna Getcha won the Fiber Fresh 1.25 metres championship class. Tegan Newman riding Watch Me Move won the Pony Grand Prix 3* event, 1.25 to 1.35m for the sec- ond consecutive year, as well as third equal in the Pony Derby 1.25m class. True grit: Terry Grigg wins the first race of the of the three-round Hussey Saloon Trophy Challenge at Taipa Speedway. TRACKSIDE AT SPEEDWAY The tough competitive spirit of speedway in the Far North showed itself at Taipa Speedway on January 20.This was the first three- round race meeting in 2013 for the Hussey Saloon Trophy Challenge between saloons and super saloons from Taipa and Kaikohe speedways. Race one saw Terry ''the Slasher'' Grigg lead from the start to finish to take the chequered flag. John ''the Hussler'' Hussey was right on his tail while Ray ''He who Dares'' Dare and Roy Inchman Walker vied for the third podium spot. Dare came out on top. In race two Keith Wilson's new super saloon led to the finish followed by a hotly-contested battle between Walker, who came second with veteran driver Ray Jordan third. These two races were incident-free but race three proved different. A crossing of lines in lap three saw Hussey and Wilson come together with Nick Caldwell driving into Wilson's front left wheel. The rest of the field made last-second evasive manoeuvres to avoid the pile up and only Wilson's saloon was retired. At the re-start Jordan gained the lead with Walker second and Hussey third. First round results: Roy Walker 25 points; Ray Jordan and John Hussey 23; Ray Dare 22 and Terry Grigg 21. The second and final round of the challenge will be held at Kaikohe Speedway on February 2. Racing starts at 1pm. Next for the Far North's racers is Dargaville's Anniversary Weekend meet on January 26 and 27 at Finlayson Park Speedway, starting at noon. Taipa's next race day will be February 24.
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