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Humphreys & Franklin back to back NZ champions after dramatic final 22-02-14

There was a dramatic end to the Trillo Metals 50th New Zealand Sidecar Championships, raced at Ruapuna Speedway on Saturday evening with the defending champions Paul Humphreys and Ben Franklin (Palmerston North) retaining the title but the minor placings are in the hands of the Speedway New Zealand Board after crash only the final bend of the race saw Humphreys/Franklin as the only combination to cross the finish line.

Humphreys/Franklin were quickly into the lead in the A Final from local’s Lionel Green and Shane Breach, who had won the B Final to make the A Final, with the Kieran Payne/Stu Ellston and Alistair Horn/Richard Horn all from Palmerston North in third and fourth place.With Humphreys/Franklin increasing their lead with each lap the main interest centered on the minor placings.

Going into the fourth and final lap the leaders were 100 metres clear with Green/Breach still holding second place with the other two closing in with only metres between the three outfits going into the final lap. Entering the back straight Breach parted company from his machine with both Payne/Ellston and Horn/Horn going wide side by side as they raced into the final turn as they were setting themselves up for the drive to what appeared to be a heading photo finish, but were forced wider has they passed Green’s machine with both clipping the safety fence heavily as Humphreys and Franklin were crossing the finish line.

There was damage to both bikes and competitors that hit the fence which prevented any re-run with the SNZ official at the track contacting senior SNZ board members via phone for advice where is the decided that the Board will make the call on 2nd and 3rd after receiving reports from referee’s which is likely to video footage of the race. In the pass equal placings have been ruled by the SNZ board.

It was a disappointing finish to the meeting which including qualifying on the Friday evening with Humphreys and Franklin only losing one of their nines races over the two nights, when finishing second to the Horn’s in heat 5 on the Saturday evening and in the A Final were always in control as they raced to the $2500 first prize money, with the overall racing some of the best sidecar racing seen on the track in recent years with 68 races held over the two nights.

In the support races for the non qualifiers Palmerston North’s Mike Zaachan and Tony Carter, who were very unlucky not to make the cut for the championship showed their class by winning all of their races as well as being .02 seconds.

 

Race Results (Competitors from Christchurch unless stated).

 

Trillo Metals 50th New Zealand Sidecar Championships

NZ Championship.

Ht 1. Horne/Horne 1, Devery/Steinenburger 2, Johnston/Johnston, Scott/Stanley 4. 75.10

Ht 2. Humphreys/Franklin 1, Harpur/George 2, Green/Breach 3, Warwood/Auton 4. 72.30

Ht 3. Miller/Miller, Whye/Cooper 2, Moohan/Bagshaw 3, Ayto/Carnie 4. 71.11

Ht 4. King/Cater 1, Payne/Eliston 2, McMaster/Dawson 3, Puklowski/Sturgeon 4. 76.32

Ht 5. Horne/Horne 1, Humphreys/Franklin 2, Moohan/Bagshaw 3, McMaster/Dawson 4. 70.89

Ht 6. Ayto/Carnie 1, Devery/Steinenburger 2, King/Cater 3, Warwood/Auton 4. 73.11

Ht 7. Payne/Eliston 1, Miller/Miller 2, Harpur/George 3, Scott/Stanley 4. 71.11

Ht 8. Green/Breach 1, Whye/Cooper 2, Johnston/Johnston 3, Puklowski/Sturgeon 4. 72.96

Ht 9. Horne/Horne 1, Puklowski/Sturgeon 2. Miller/Miller exc, Warwood/Auton dns. 72.11

Ht 10. Humphreys/Franklin 1, Payne/Eliston 2, Devery/Steinenburger 3, Whye/Cooper 4. 69.81

Ht 11. Scott/Stanley 1, Moohan/Bagshaw 2, King/Cater 3. Green/Breach dnf. 74.73

Ht 12. Harpur/George, Johnston/Johnston 2, Ayto/Carnie 3, McMaster/Dawson 4. 73.18

Ht 13. Horne/Horne 1, Harpur/George 2, Whye/Cooper 3, King/Cater 4. 72.05

Ht 14. Re-run Green/Breach 1, Devery/Steinenburger 2, McMaster/Dawson 3. Miller/Miller exc 73.09

Ht 15. Humphreys/Franklin 1, Puklowski/Sturgeon 2, Ayto/Carnie 3, Scott/Stanley 4. 70.48

Ht 16. Payne/Eliston 1, Moohan/Bagshaw 2, Johnston/Johnston 3. Warwood/Auton dns 72.56

Ht 17. Horne/Horne 1, Green/Breach 2, Ayto/Carnie 3. Payne/Eliston exc 73.46

Ht 18. Moohan/Bagshaw 1, Devery/Steinenburger 2. Harpur/George dnf Puklowski/Sturgeon exc. 72.72

Ht 19. Whye/Cooper 1, Scott/Stanley 2, McMaster/Dawson 3. Warwood/Auton ns 73.57

Ht 20. Humphreys/Franklin 1, Miller/Miller 2, Johnston/Johnston 3, King/Cater 72.64

B Final. Green/Breach 1, Devery/Steinenburger 2, Moohan/Bagshaw, Harpur/George 4. 72.58.

A Final. Humphreys/Franklin 1, (other placings to be confirmed by Speedway NZ).

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, Noel 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. Richards Horn/Alistair 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

 

 

Non Qualifiers

Ht 1. Gannan/George 1, Ching/Smith 2, Adams/Hira 3. 82.66

Ht 2. Zaachan/Carter 1, Douglas/Pubben 2, Thwaites/Gillett 3. 74.56

Ht 3. Ray/Foster 1, Anderson/Case 2, Warwood/Cullen 3. 71.17

Ht 4. Adams/Hira 1, Ching/Smith 2, Anderson/Case 3. 74.11

Ht 5. Rees/Rose 1, Douglas/Pubben 2. 75.45

Ht 6. Zaachan/Carter 1, Ray/Foster 2, Warwood/Cullen 3. 70.99

Ht 7. Zaachan/Carter 1, Gannan/George 2, Warwood/Cullen 3. 73.78

Ht 8. Adams/Hira 1,Rees/Rose 2, Ching/Smith 3. 74.12

Ht 9. Ray/Foster 1, Anderson/Case 2, Thwaites/Gillett 3. 72.41

Ht 10. Gannan/George 1, Rees/Rose 2, Anderson/Case 3. 71.85

Final. Zaachan/Carter 1, Gannan/George 2, Adams/Hira 3. 71.34

Six Shooters

Ht 1. Jeremy Wright 1, Brent Allen 2, Ben Smit 3.

Ht 2. Smit 1, Dave Anderson 2, Wright 3.

Feature. Wright 1, Anderson 2, Smit 3.

¼ Midgets

Ht 1. Montana Jamieson 1, Ben Morgan 2, Hunter Rowland 3.

Ht 2. Brad Clive 2, Jack Low 2, Tyler Warnock 3.

Ht 3. Jamieson 1, Rowland 2, Morgan 3.

Ht 4. Warnock 1, Low 2, Clive 3.

Ht 5. Rowland 1, Jamieson 2, Morgan 3.

Ht 6. Clive 1, Low 2, Warnock 3.

Ht 7. Morgan 1, Jamieson 2, Rowland 3.

Feature. Jamieson 1, Clive 2, Rowland 3.

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