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Top 16 found after a long night 1 of the NZ Sidecar champs 22-02-2014

The sixteen combinations and two reserves have been found for the Trillo Metals 50th New Zealand Sidecar Championships after qualifying at Ruapuna Speedway on Friday evening with the championship proper being held tonight.

The top points scorer from the four groups progress straight into the six bike finals, with the next highest eights points scorers in each group racing in either a C or B Main to find other eight qualifiers with the final four for Saturday racing and the two reserves coming from two repercharges and a last chance qualifier, making a total of 35 races which unfortunately dragged on a little due to a serious of protests late in the meeting.

Each of the Groups named after past Christchurch icons of sidecar racing saw current champions Paul Humphreys and Ben Franklin, current NZ 2 Alistair Horn and Richard Horn both from Palmerston North along with former champions Dean Miller and Rob Miller (Gisborne) and Hawkes Bays Kim Johnston and Kerry Johnston all topping there groups with maximum points, the Humphreys and Frankin setting a new 4 lap record of 69.67 when winning their second heat.

Next to make the cut to the first two in each of the B Mains meaning Clint Warwood/Paul Auton (ChCh) 1, Steve King/Sam Carter (P North), Lionel Green/Shane Breach (ChCh), Scott Ayto/Dylan Carnie(Inv.), Kieran Payne/Stu Ellston (P North), Troy Devery/Peter Steigenburger (H Bay), Mark Whye/Jacob Cooper (P North) and Jamie Moohan/Ryan Bagshaw(Auck) all keeper their title hopes alive.

Mike Zaachan/Tony Carter (P North) who only dropped one point in the heats finished second in their B Main but were relegated two places which was to prove costly as the spun out in their repercharge.

The final four places went to repercharge winner’s Jason Harpur/Mark George (INV) and Nelson Noel Puklowski/ NigelSturgeon with Craig Scott/Amelia Standley (Wanganui) and Invercargill Craig McMaster/James Dawson finishing first and second in the last chance qualify to grab the final two champions spots.

 

Race Results (Competitors from Christchurch unless stated).

 

Trillo Metals 50th New Zealand Sidecar Championships

Qualifying

Begbie Group

Ht 1. Paul Humphreys/Ben Franklin (P North) 1, Aaron Ray/Karl Foster 2, Steve King/Sam Cater(P North) 3, Michael/Natasha Cullen 4, Knucke Hill/Shaun Solly (Nelson) (dnf). Time 70.06 seconds

Ht 2. Nathan Ching/Justin Smith (Nelson) 1, Mike Zaachan/Tony Carter (P North) 2, Clint Warwood/Paul Auton 3, Bevan Nutteridge/Blair Low 4, Daniel Harpur/Brad Waddick (Inv.) 5. 73.46

Ht 3. Humphreys/Franklin 1, Ray/ Foster Ching/Justin 2, 3 , Nutteridge/Low 4, Hill/Solly (dnf). 69.67 record

Ht 4. Zaachan/Carter 1, King/Sam Carter 2, Warwood/Auton 3, Harpur/Waddick 4, Warwood/Cullen (dnf). 72.69

Ht 5. Humphreys/Franklin 1, Ching/Justin 2, Ray/ Foster 3, Harpur/Waddick 4, Hill/Solly (dns). 69.71

Ht 6. Zaachan/Carter 1, King/Carter 2, Warwood/Auton 3, Nutteridge/ Low 4, Warwood/Cullen (dns) 74.24

C Final. Warwood/Auton 2, Nutteridge/Low 2, Harpur/Waddick (dnf). 76.10

B Final. Warwood/Auton 1, King/Carter 2 , Ray/ Foster 3, Zaachan/ Carter 4, Ching/Justin 5. 75.08

 

Turner Group

Ht 1. Alistair Horn/Richard Horn (P North) 1, Noel Puklowski/Nigel Sturgeon (Nelson) 2, Scott Ayto/Dylan Carnie (Inv.) 3, John Warwood/Laurie McMahon 4 , Gary Stalker/Stefan Burrow (dnf). 71.72

Ht 2. Jason Harpur/Mark George (Inv.) 1, Lionel Green/Shayne Breach 2, Peter Adams/Jason Hira (Auck) 3, James Douglas/Ricky Pubben(Inv.) 4, Jason Harpur/Mark George (Inv.) Cory Lang/Aaron O’Donnell 5. 73.97

Ht 3. Horn/Horn 1, Adams/Hira (Auck) 2, Green/Breach 3, Ayto/Carnie 4, Warwood/McMahon 5. 72.24

Ht 4. Puklowski/Sturgeon 1, Harpur/George 2, Douglas/Pubben 3, Lang/O’Donnell (dnf), Stalker/Burrow (dns). 72.90

Ht 5. Horn/Horn 1, Green/Breach 2, Douglas/Pubben 3, Lang/O’Donnell 4 (dnf) Stalker/Burrow (dns). 70.93

Ht 6. Adams/Hira (Auck) 1, Ayto/Carnie 2, Puklowski/Sturgeon 3, Harpur/George 4, Warwood/McMahon (dns) 73.10

C Final. Ayto/Carnie 1, Douglas/Pubben (dnf) Lang/O’Donnell (dnf). 78.87

B Final. Green/Breach 1, Ayto/Carnie 2, Puklowski/Sturgeon 3, Harpur/George, 4, Adams/Hira (Auck) 5. 74.81

 

Dwight Group

Ht 1. Troy Devery / Peter Steigenburger (H Bay) 1, Kieran Payne/Stu Ellston (P North) 2, Kevin McDonald/Karl Hosie (Inv.) 3, Chris Jennings/Cameron Gibby(Auck) 4. 72.98

Ht 2. Kim Johnston/Kerry Johnston(H Bay) 1, Craig Scott/Amelia Standley(Wang.) 2, Craig McMaster/James Dawson(Inv.) 3, Paul Anderson/Nic Case 4. 72.76

Ht 3. Johnston/Johnston 1, Anderson/Case 2, Jennings/Gibby 3, McDonald/Hosie (dns). 72.20

Ht 4. Payne/Ellston 1, Devery/Steigenburger 2, McMaster/Dawson 3, Scott/Standley 4. 72.18

Ht 5. Johnston/Johnston 1, Scott/Standley 2, McMaster/Dawson 3, McDonald/Hosie (dns). 71.10

Ht 6. Devery/Steigenburger 1 Payne/Ellston 2, Jennings/Gibby 3, Anderson/Case 4. 71.31

C Final. Anderson/Case 1, Jennings/Gibby (dnf). 79.58

B Final. Payne/Ellston 1, Devery/Steigenburger 2, Scott/Standley 3, McMaster/Dawson 4, Anderson/Case 5. 75.15

 

Philip Group

Ht 1. Dean Miller/Rob Miller( Gisborne) 1, Clive Ireland/Kerwin Arnaboldi (Gis.) 2, Mark Whye/Jacob Cooper (P North) 3, Jason Rees/Aaron Rees (Wanganui) 4, Miles Moore/Ben Bartells 5. 69.77

Ht 2. David Gannon/Ray George (Kihikihi) 1, Aiden Thwaites/Daniel Gillett (Inv.) 2, Jamie Moohan/Ryan Bagshaw (Auck) 3, Grant Thompson/Shonia Duncan 4. 73.83

Ht 3. Miller/Miller 1, Whye/Cooper 2, Rees/Rees 3, Thompson/Duncan 4, Thwaites/Gillett 5. 72.35

Ht 4. Ireland/Arnaboldi 1, Gannon/George 2, Moohan/ Bagshaw 3, Moore/Bartells 4. 70.56

Ht 5. Miller/Miller 1, Gannon/George 2, Rees/Rees 3, Thwaites/Gillett 4. 71.76

Ht 6. Whye/Cooper 1, Moohan/ Bagshaw 2, Thompson/Duncan (dnf), Ireland/Arnaboldi (exc), Moore/Bartells (dns). 76.44

C Final. Rees/Rees 1, Thwaites/Gillett (dnf), Thompson/Duncan (dnf). 78.91

B Final. Whye/Cooper1, Moohan/ Bagshaw 2, Rees/Rees 3, Gannon/George (dnf), Ireland/Arnaboldi (exc). 78.53

Repercharge 1. Harpur/George 1, Ray/Foster 2, McMaster/Dawson 3, Rees/Rees 4. 80.62

Repercharge 2. Puklowski/Sturgeon 1, Scott/Standley 2, Zaachan/ Carter (dnf). 79.46

Last Chance. Scott/Standley 1, McMaster/Dawson 2, Ray/Foster 3, Rees/Rees 4. 78.48

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