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Review 6th Jan

Big Fields, Big Action 

By Tony Stuart 

What was originally scheduled pretty much as a club meeting took on a life of its own at Supercheap Auto Oceanview Family Speedway last night. The pits were full to overflowing, a good crowd was in hand, and the contact classes especially did not disappoint.

So many Stockcars turned up for the Supercheap Stockcar Shootout that they had to be separated into two qualifying heats. The ten fastest laps over the two heats were used to pick the final field, with Dion Mooney taking the #1 position with as 17.65 second lap. 15P Luke Miers entered the contest in the second race, and in quick succession eliminated 42V Steve Read (who beat 52V Francis Potaka in the Shootout opener), 174V Brendon Learmonth, 24V Wayne Wright and 35P Matt Phippen. Miers then came up against 7V Damon Baxter in the race of the night.

On the second lap Baxter spun Miers on the back straight, but couldn't get the nose of his Tank far enough ahead to complete the pass. Meanwhile Miers engaged reverse, and the two cars hugged the wall for more than half a lap in a furious battle. Baxter finally squeezed past Miers' car in sight of the finish line, but his momentum sent him sideways across the track. Miers was a fraction quicker to recover, and took a thrilling win. Both drivers were awarded prizes in the Charlie Berntsen Clubrooms afterwards for being the most entertaining drivers.

Miers was then eliminated by young Stratford driver William Hughes (99S), who looked destined to reach the final until he was punted out of the way by 81V Trevor Greig. In the money race, Mooney made short work of Greig, whose car left the track behind a tractor.

Mooney was in fine form, taking three wins in the Elite Mechanical Stockcars. Greig however had the last laugh taking out the PAUA Print Grand Slam. His new Rees Spank is right on the pace.

Eleven Superstocks fronted, although the brand-new 22S of Brent Pascoe and the 65V car being driven by Cameron Jurgens started all three heats off the back and were just looking for track time.

9B Adam Groome took at hat-trick of wins, but it wasn't plain sailing. He won the first race from 9P Brett Hyslop and 41M Bruce Williams, leading most of the way.

Race two was a cracker, with Hyslop and 53V Morris Doyle trading the lead on sevral occasions. As the race counted down laps, Doyle tried to squeeze Hyslop into the pit straight wall but both cars spun, and Groome shot into the lead.

The Sharp As Superstocks feature was another cracking race. Hyslop and 62S Regan Gernhoefer fell foul of 52B Regan O'Brien who did a masterly job blocking for his club-mate Groome. The 9B car crossed the line less than half a second ahead of Gernhoefer, with Hyslop and Doyle close behind.

Grant Loveridge (7V) has been the form driver in the Brian FM Production Saloons this season, and added the Ray Purdy Memorial title to the West Coast and Bay of Plenty championships he has won already. Loveridge had an easy win in the first heat from pole position, trailed 73V John Huijs for most of H2 before a late race pass, and was content to finish the final heat in second place to 62V Jon Morrison, ahead of Huijs, his closest rival.


Big fields of Youth and Adult Ministocks were on hand, with wins to 86s Bradley Korff (2), 91S Kyle Wilson and 26S Ella Sharpe in the NZME Adults. In the Youth grade, 76S Matthew Picard took out the first two races, with 43P Kyle Rowe winning the Remax Realty Feature. 35V Flynn Wild and 9W Cyrus Crook showed consistency, each placing in the top six in every race.

The Youth Ministocks will be back in force next Saturday night for the second running of the Oceanview 5000. More than 60 cars will face the starter, in three separate age divisions. Supporting them will be Superstocks, Stockcars and the ever-popular Golden Oldies. Racing starts next Saturday at the earlier time of 6pm.

Thanks once again to all the drivers who travelled to support this meeting, and a special thank you to the track crew for their work over the Christmas break to recondition the track.

Local Youth Ministock takes the WIN

From Aimee Barnes:

Tonight Jemma raced in Wellington for the Wellington Ministock Champs. 
Her first race grid was 5 and she drove well, it was a hard fast race with a battle between the front six cars, she finished in 5th. 
Her second race grid was 17 and she moved through the pack in the first half of the race to sixth and then picked off the next two cars to finish in 4th. At the end of the second race Jemma was tied on points for second place in the champs.
Her third race grid was 16 and she got a great start and was up to fifth by half race distance, she worked her way through and managed to finish the race in 3rd, getting the car that was tied with her on points on the start finish line to finish one point ahead and win the Wellington Ministock Champs! 🏁😱
Such a proud sister! She drove so well the entire night! Super clean and fast! Her car still looks immaculate!
Congratulations to Anthony Hocking and Keegan Cotter for 2nd and 3rd respectively.
Big shoutout to Debby McPhee and Keith McPhee for always supporting the Youth Ministocks and to Wellington Speedway for putting on the meeting!

Well done Jemma, from everyone at Oceanview!

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W.C Youth ministocks
This Sunday 3pm West Coast Youth Ministocks. If you haven't been in touch yet to enter, please do so asap. Thanks.
Txt 0212229175 name and race number.

Saturday 25th November 7pm - WC Adult Ministocks, West Coat Production Saloons. Support classes - Youth ministocks, Stockcars & Supers
Following Meeting is Sunday 3 Dec 3pm - West Coast Midgets & West Coast Youth Champs
No racing 10th December - Karl Barritt has been moved to 27th January 2018



We will be handing out entry forms at the tracks and will also email them to each track.

Please feel free to email for an entry form. 



All action at Oceanview

A cold south-easterly wind blew across Supercheap Auto Oceanview Family Speedway last night, but on the track, the action was red hot. A good crowd was on hand to watch the first two West Coast titles of the season decided, along with the opening round of the Oval Superstars Tour.

 Sixteen cars fronted for the West Coast Stockcars title, a smaller than expected field due to early-season blues. Palmerston North driver Jackson Booth (12P) took the opening heat from Steve Read (42V) and Gerry Linklater (98V). Dion Mooney, clad in a Nelson Tigers body after damage last week, led early, but slipped back when his car went off-song.

 Booth, a new entrant to the Stockcar class from Youth Ministocks, quickly discovered the reality of being the lone P car at Wanganui in the form of Mooney, who blocked him throughout the race. To Booth’s credit, he didn’t back away from the scrap. Linklater looked set to take a comfortable win until he suffered a fuel pump issue late in the race. That left Callum Sturzaker (15V) in the lead, and he took the win in just his second race in the Stockcar class, coming from the back of the grid. Trazarn Ryland-Annabell (33V) was second, with Shane Kells (87V) coming home in third.

 After two heats Sturzaker and Ryland-Annabell led with 27 points each. Two fourth places put Chet Swan (9V) one point back in third, with Read, Kells and Linklater still in contention.

 Mark Johnston (78V) won the final heat from the front row, but the action was happening behind him. Ryland-Annabell was squeezed into the wall early in the race, pushing a wheelguard against his left rear tyre. He tried to continue but his title quest was over after six laps. Linklater chased hard, but couldn’t catch Johnston, whilst Swan drove a heady race for third. Read came home in fourth, ahead of Francis Potaka (52V) and Sturzaker.

 When the points were added up, Chet Swan took his first West Coast title, a reward for his consistency on the night. Callum Sturzaker’s Stockcar debut saw him finish second, with Steve Read completing an all-Wanganui podium.

 Thirteen Superstocks fronted, with cars from Gisborne, Hawkes Bay, Palmerston North and Wanganui on hand. Scooter McIntosh (22V) took the first heat, holding off a charge from Wayne Hemi (591P) in the closing laps. Jordan Dare (2NZ) passed his team-mate Hemi on the line to grab second place.

 Kenley Brown (17P) made no race of the second heat, beating home Hemi and young Wanganui driver Max Holloway (81V). McIntosh’s charge for the title stalled when he was walled at the northern end, and lost several places before recovering to finish 9th.

 Hemi had the points lead after two heats, two points ahead of Dare, with Holloway, McIntosh, Jake Baker (36P) and Rebecca Barr (34P) all tied three points further back. That set the scene for an exciting third heat, and it didn’t disappoint!

 Rebecca Barr leapt into the lead in Heat Three, and held on for an excellent win. Max Holloway’s race was over on the first lap when he clipped the wall on the back straight and rolled. He was the collected by Jayme Hemi in the 571P Tank, carried along for several seconds, then rolled again. Both Holloway and Hemi were uninjured, but their cars were parked.

Later in the race Wayne Hemi slowed markedly. Baker came up behind Hemi, and sensing he was blocking, put in a huge shot that spun both cars around. Hemi responded by punting Baker’s car to the infield, and their battle continued for half a lap before Baker’s car expired. Hemi limped to the finish to pick up valuable points. Dare finished the race in second, with McIntosh showing good pace for third.

 Dare took the title on 33 points, with Hemi and Barr tied on 31, two ahead of McIntosh. A run off was held where Barr got the initial jump, then was spun by Hemi on Turn One. Hemi’s car also turned around, and Barr was the fastest to recover, going on to win and claim second place.

 Seventeen cars entered for the opening round of the Oval Superstars Tour. A warm-up was as good as it got for defending series champion Christian Hermansen (1NZ) when his new car developed electrical gremlins on the grid, and his night ended.

 Karl McGill (93P) took the first heat win, Nathan Jefferies (8P) took the second, and Shane Dewar (41P) took an incident-packed third heat which saw Glen McCutcheon’s 44P car tip over, then a few laps later a four car collision on the southern bend.

 With a win and a third place from his three heats, McGill earned pole position for the 20-lap final, the Oval Open. Kuriger took the other place on the front row with Todd Phillips (37P), Lydia Dickinson (75S) and Jordan McLeod (97P) filling the next places on the grid.

 Fifteen cars started the final, but it was a race of attrition with several yellows, and another multi-car pile-up at the southern end. McGill would build up a lead, only to see it erased each time the yellows came on. He showed composure however to nail the restarts, and he powered away to win by four seconds from Dewar, with Jefferies in third. In the process McGill broke Hermansen’s lap record, setting a new mark of 13.794, outstanding speed on a track that was starting to slick off at the end of the meeting.

 Grant Loveridge (7V) took a clean sweep of wins in the Brian FM Production Saloons, whilst Seth Hodge (12P) with two wins and Louis Redshaw (7P) were winners in the Remax Realty Youth Ministocks.

 A good field of sidecars turned on some terrific racing, with John Hannan/Bryce Rose (19V) almost taking a clean sweep, but not being able to catch Wingnut/Braden Rose (5P) in the final race after a slow start.

 It was an excellent night’s racing, and the Wanganui Stockcar and Speedway Club especially thanks all those competitors who travelled to compete. After a week off next weekend, racing will resume on Saturday 25th November at 7pm.

5th November

Second time lucky



The sun shone over Supercheap Auto Oceanview Family Speedway on Sunday. After the disappointment of the previous week, local racers and fans got their first taste of speedway action for the new season.


The Elite Mechanical Stockcars provided plenty of action. Mark Johnston (78V) took the first heat, with Dion Mooney taking the second race. Mooney looked in control of the feature until a blown right rear tyre let Dennis Black (82V) through for a popular win. Then in the PAUA Print Grand Slam Black started stirring things up until Mooney slammed him into the wall at the airport end, almost rolling the 82V machine. Mark Johnston took the race win.


Max Holloway appeared in father Karlos’ 81V Superstock, and took two of the three races, the first with a last gasp pass of Morris Doyle (53V) on the finish line. The second heat went to Cameron Jurgens (66V) in just his second race in the new car. Doyle had three second placings


A big field of Sidecars turned up, and they turned on some excellent racing on a fast, dry race surface. Fresh from winning the Ray Tarrant Memorial Sidecars at Palmerston North the night before John Hannan/Bryce Rose (19V) took two wins in their three heats, as did Aaron Rose/Bailee Ross (34V). Both combinations are showing excellent early-season form.


In the NZME Adult Ministocks class, wins were shared between Hailey James (92V), Nathan Nolly (39S) and Bradley Korff (86S). In the Remax Realty Youth Ministocks, a large field provided some close racing. Damon Smith (81W), Seth Hodge (12P) and Nicole Hickmott (47B) shared the spoils.


It was the Grant Show in the Brian FM Production Saloons. Grant Little (5V) took out the opening race, but Grant Loveridge (7V) took out the next two, in dominant fashion.


It was great to finally get our first race meeting done and dusted. Racing continues this Saturday night at 7pm when we race under lights for the first time this season.


Opening Day Part II 

By Tony Stuart 

Everything was set to go on Sunday afternoon. The pits were crowded with racecars and sidecars, a good sprinkling of speedway fans had turned up, and we were all good to go.

Then it rained. There’s one thing that stops speedway in its tracks, and that’s moisture from above. After two slippery races we took a short break to see if the weather would clear, but Mother Nature had other ideas and the track was simply too wet to allow safe racing, even if the rain had stopped.

In the races that were completed, Cameron Swift (42B) made his trip from Hawke’s Bay worthwhile with a win in the NZME Adult Ministocks. 2NZ Dion Mooney took the first Elite Mechanical Stockcar race from 87V Shane Kells with Damon Baxter bringing the brand new 7V Tank home in third place.

Rainout passes were issued to all who had paid to get in; these can be redeemed at any meeting this season, starting this Sunday when we will try again at 3pm to get the 2017-18 season underway. All our normal classes will be running; Superstocks, Stockcars, Production Saloons, Youth and Adult Ministocks and Sidecars. The Superstocks and Stockcars especially will be anxious for track time before their West Coast Championships are contested on Saturday 11th November.

There will be new cars and drivers ready and raring to go, especially after the false start at the weekend. So come on out to the Oval by the Ocean for an action-packed afternoon of speedway.


Supercheap Auto Oceanview Family Speedway roars into life for the 2017-18 season.

All classes will be running (Superstocks, Stockcars, Youth and Adult Ministocks, Production Saloons and Sidecars) and there are double points on offer, so drivers/riders can get a jump on the field. There are plenty of food options onsite, or bring a picnic and enjoy the racing at the Oval by the Ocean. 

Oceanview SpeedwayLandguard Rd, Wanganui, 

  • Adult: $20.00
  • Children (8-15 Years): $5.00
  • Family Pass: (2 Adults +3 Children): $40.00
  • Gold Card (Must be shown): $10.00

Under 8 years free.

Listen to Wanganui's official Speedway Station - Brian FM 91.2 - or listen online at http://brianfm.streamon.fm/

Purchasing your License pre race day

When you purchase your license online with SNZ you will receive a confirmation of purchase from them.

If you have NOT received your license by race day you MUST take your proof of purchase with you to the track (ie; on phone or printed out).

You will then be issued a One-day license to race under for free. 

If you do not have your Proof you will be required to PURCHASE a One-Day license for $60 if you want to race. 

You can get your Membership at the track however you asked to get to the track earlier. Cheers

one way radios

Any Competitor that requires to purchase a 1-way radio for this up coming season, please get in touch with your class contact asap. The Club will be purchasing a bulk order to keep costs down. We want to put order through end of next week cheers. (contact info for classes is on the website)

$120.00 + GST.  Payment required before purchase No automatic alt text available.


If you still require to purcahse your radio, please feel free to contact Rex at Harris Race Radio's 

Oceanview 5000 Appeal result

Many of the competitors have been inquiring of the appeal from the Oceanview 5000.

We have heard from the SNZ board and the outcome is as follows..


As the Appeal was upheld, the following outcomes of the Speedway New Zealand Appeal Panel are binding: THAT 99S be reinstated in 1st position. 47H remains at DNF status. THAT the second protest was invalid because of being outside the time frame permitted for protests on race night.

The Club will arrange the appropriate trophies for William Hughes 1st, Brad Uhlenberg 2nd, and Trazarn Ryland-Annabell 3rd 



Thank you to all that attended the Agm held 25 June 2017

Congratulations to Matt Black for his Life Membership.

The Committee have a new face this season with Amelia Stanley beig elected.  Trev Greig stood down this year and we would like to express our gratitude to Trev for all his hard work and time he has put into the club for the past 4-5 years.   

AGM Minutes will be sent out as well as available for download off here by late July.

Once again Thanks to everyone and we look forward to another great season. 

1st April and 2nd April Report

A sizzling end to the Oceanview season 

By Tony Stuart


 The speedway season is over. The lights at Supercheap Auto Oceanview Family Speedway were switched off on Sunday night for the last time until October after a bruising weekend of  racing action.

 On Saturday night Kerry Podjursky won his second consecutive West Coast Superstocks title.

 With two wins and a second placing from the three heats, Podjursky was the standout driver in a field of 13 cars. He also won the Noel Kensington and Craig Heibner Memorial races.

 The third memorial though, to Podjursky’s late father George remains elusive. That race was won by Bevan Humphrey, with Podjursky close behind in second.

 Humphrey, making his first appearance of the season in the final meeting, finished second overall. Stratford driver Mitch Vickery was the best of the visitors, finishing in third place.

 The Superstock competitors loved the smooth, drivey track. Palmerston North driver Jacob Baker described it as one of the best he had run on all season.

 Dion Mooney was a hot favourite to retain his West Coast Stockcar title, and went straight to the lead in the opening heat. That was as good as it got for the 2NZ pilot however and an  electrical problem  stopped the car in its tracks, ending Mooney’s night.

 Mark Johnston took the opening heat, but then he too fell victim to mechanical gremlins allowing Darryl Taylor through for the race win.

 Taylor was dominant in the final heat, taking a second race win and the West Coast title.

 Nathan Black finished second overall, with Francis Potaka taking third after a run-off with Vulcans team-mate Scott McIntosh.

 John Caird has dominated the Production Saloon class for a number of seasons, and took out the Ray Purdy Memorial title from Grant Loveridge. Grant Little beat Darren McKay in a run-  off for third.

 Immediately after the race it was announced that Caird’s car had been sold to a Gisborne competitor, and at the prize giving after the meeting, he announced his retirement from the class.

 Sunday afternoon was cloudy and humid, and another good crowd was on hand to watch the final hurrah for the season.

 Popular Wanganui Vulcans driver Francis Potaka proved his third place in the West Coast Stockcars was no fluke by winning the Charlie Berntsen Trophy.

  It was deja-vu for Mooney however, with the 2NZ car losing oil pressure while leading the opening heat. Mooney’s day was done.

 Mark Johnston won the first two heats to lead the points, but everything changed in an action-packed final race.

 A number of drivers cruised the pole line, looking for victims. Berntsen’s son Brendon ucas fired Trevor Greig into the wall at the town end, getting revenge for a hit by Greig the race  before.

 Johnston was looking comfortable until he came under attack from Jason Wright, dropping him down the field.

 As Johnston faltered, McIntosh took the race win with Potaka close behind in second. That was enough to win the Charlie Berntsen Trophy. Johnston finished second, with Sandy Flett in  third place  overall.

 Potaka was over the moon. He told those in the Charlie Berntsen Clubrooms at the post-meeting presentations that Berntsen had been his mentor when he started racing over 20 years  ago.

 “This is the one I’ve always wanted to win” he said.

 The last title to be decided was the Zodiac Signs West Coast Minisprints, which was taken out by 1NZ Christian Hermansen.

 The superb track conditions saw almost half a second carved off the Minisprint lap record, first by Karl McGill, and then by Hermansen with a sizzling 13.95 second lap.

 The Minisprints have become a popular class for Oceanview spectators. The Wanganui Stockcar and Speedway Club was recognised by the organisers of the Oval Superstars Tour  winning the Best  Event of the 2016-17 OST season, an award voted by the series competitors. 

 All that was left was the annual Demolition Derby, and that delivered lots of entertainment for the crowd as the season wound down. Joshua Annabell drove the last car moving after he  and Best Stirrer  Aaron Rose battered one another’s cars into submission.

 It was a fitting, metal-crushing end to an entertaining season of speedway at Oceanview.

 For photo's of the race meeting please head over to the Oceanview Speedway facebook page 

28 Jan race review

Great night; great racing 

A quick wrap-up of last night's action at Supercheap Autos Oceanview Family Speedway:

* Congratulations to John "Handbag" Hannon and Bryce Rose (19V) for their win in the Karl Barritt Memorial Sidecars. Two wins and a second place in the heats put them in a run-off with the 21P combo of Glen Murray and Ann Plummer, which the 19V bike won comfortably, then blew a clutch before Handbag and Bryce could do a victory lap. * Who knew that the shaving off of Aaron Rose's beard would make such a difference to the weight of the front of the 34V machine. He pulled wheelstands every race off the start line, including in the run-off for third with Matthew and Derek Ramsay (6P), who took the final place on the podium. * Four wins from four for 2NZ Dion Mooney in the combined Stockcars and Superstocks. That included the Grand Slam, where Mooney bolted on the Hoosier tyres he will use in Palmerston North next weekend when he races for the Nelson Tigers. And we saw the debut of Scooter McIntosh's new Superstock; it looks and sounds awesome, and will be a real flyer once the bugs are ironed out. * Plenty of action (and a few relegations) in both the Youth and Adult Ministocks. Wins were well shared around. * A beautiful night at the Oval by the Ocean, with hardly any wind; great speedway weather. And a very poignant moment at the start of the meeting as competitors paid their own tribute to the late Karl Barritt. It was also great to have Karl's father Clive and his sister Anneka at the meeting, and making the presentations; thank you, and we hope we did Karl's memory justice.

Lastly a big thanks to Pete from Go Slideways for taking on the infield photography role. Eugene was at a wedding, although he did make a cameo appearance later in the evening. Thanks for the awesome photos Pete, and we know there are a whole lot more to come.

  (To view photos please visit the Oceanview Speedway facebook page, Go Slideways Tv facebook page  and the Oceanview Speedway Info facebook page) 

Sidecars are the feature story on today's Speedway Page in the River City Press. 

If you don't get River City Press delivered or you live outside Wanganui, you can view a pdf of the Speedway Page at the link below. 

26 Nov

  The Fireworks Extravaganza that nearly wasn’t

 By Tony Stuart

 There were some nervous people gathered at Supercheap Auto Oceanview Family Speedway early on Saturday afternoon. Midday rain had caused the cancellation of the Christmas races at the Wanganui Racecourse, and the Wanganui Stockcar and Speedway Club’s committee members were fielding multiple questions as to whether Saturday night’s Fireworks Extravaganza would run.

 Weather maps and radars were studied and opinions were exchanged. The committee decided it was business as usual, even as another shower blew across Oceanview.

 And it was an inspired decision. The weather was cool and windy, but the rain that fell in town bypassed the speedway. A very good crowd poured in, and the best night’s racing at Oceanview Family Speedway in some time was the result.

 The West Coast Sidecars trophy is headed to Auckland. The 46A pairing of Russell Stewart (rider) and Andrew Parker (swinger) were unstoppable on the night, registering three race wins and a maximum 15 points.

 The Palmerston North pair of Josh Lambert and Mikey O’Neill (26P) finished second, two points behind the Aucklanders. In third place was former 1NZ rider John Hannan (19V) with swinger Bryce Rose.

 It was a night to forget however for local hopes Aaron Rose and Amelia Stanley (34V). Rose couldn’t get the bike off the starting line in the first two heats, succumbing to what he described as “ooerator error”.

 Stewart and Parker have now completed five successive race wins at Oceanview this season. With the New Zealand Sidecar Championships at the Wanganui in March, they will be the early title favourites.

 Dion Mooney had another dominant night in the Stockcars, winning two heats and the Trev’s Concrete Stockcar Shootout.

 Mooney was too quick for Tony Hodge (53V), after Hodge had earlier ended 24V Wayne Wright’s bid to win the spoils.

 It wasn’t all plain sailing for Mooney though. In the feature race newcomer Peter Wapp (51V) slammed the 2NZ car into the wall

 A competitive field of Superstocks turned on some brutal racing. Stratford driver Phil Ogle was an early casualty as Asher Rees (126G) piled into the side of his car just short of the finish line.

 Ethan Rees took (127G) the first race, Asher the second, and father Peter Rees took out the Superstock Feature in the immaculate Nissan-powered 10G car.

 Durig the Feature Race Asher Rees tried to take Kerry Podjursky (56V) to the wall at the southern end. Podjursky responded with a brutal hit to Rees’ left front wheel ending the race for the young man from Foxton.

 The Grand Slam combined the Stockcars with the Superstocks and there was plenty of action. Jayson Palamountain (28V) stopped Asher Rees in his tracks with a massive hit in front of a crowded southern embankment, whilst Ethan Rees took up his brother’s battle with Podjursky. Peter Rees took out the race.

 Wins in the Youth Ministocks were shared between William Hughes (99S), Callum Sturzaker (driving Hughes’ car) and Trazarn Ryland-Annabel, who took two wins. Jemma Barnes debuted a brand new 92V car which was absolutely immaculate.

 In th Production Saloons John Caird (53V) took two wins, but in the second race had his bonnet fly open obscuring his vision. Somehow he managed to complete five laps at race pace before pulling to the infield, peering through a small gap at the bottom of his windscreen. Jason Pointon (71V) took that race.

 At the end of the racing programme the lights went out, and the team from Kairanga Lions Club turned on a spectacular fireworks display which was visible right across the city.

 It was a fittingly explosive finish to an excellent night of explosive on-track action that very nearly didn’t happen.



23 October Opening Meeting Report

Report from Opening Meeting thanks Tony Stuart
Oceanview Opens

The sun shone on Supercheap Auto Oceanview Family Speedway as a new season kicked into life on Sunday. Competitor numbers were down a little, with a number of drivers delaying their first appearance, but there was still action aplenty.
The Elite Mechanical Stockcars took top billing. Mike Mooney has renewed his sponsorship of the Elite Series for Stockcars, but this season points will be awarded at every meeting, with drivers able to drop their worst two meeting scores. Sadly for last year’s series winner Dion Mooney, a power steering pump failure kept the immaculate 2NZ machine in the pits.
That was good news for Elite Series runner-up last year, Mark Johnston. The 78V car took the first two heats, and finished second to the lone Superstock competitor Scott Duncan in the third to take a good haul of points. 
Come the feature race, Nathan Black (67V) decided that enough was enough, and he and Johnston had a running battle. Black, running the ex-Ian Barron car did everything he could to halt Johnston’s progress, and when the race ended with Chet Swan winning in the 9V car, Black and Johnston were several laps down.
The PAUA Print Grand Slam featured more of the same, with a prize up for grabs for the best stirrer. Unsurprisingly Black took that out, but not before being fired into the wall at the Airport end by Jamie Tinetti in Daryl James’ 53V car. The race was taken out by Brendon Learmonth in the 174V Tank, after he had a heavy collision with the wall earlier in the day.
It was great to see former 1NZ Gerry Linklater back on the track, even if he was flying an “L” flag as he goes through a mentoring programme. But both he and Jayson Palamountain (28V) had days to forget. Newcomer Peter Wapp (51V) in the former Potaka car had plenty of fun on his first day of competition.
Dion Mooney should be repaired for this coming weekend, and Francis Potaka will debut his new car. The two Vulcans drivers head south next week with the Ken’s Cowboys team, and will be competing with the Wanganui Vulcans at the Huntly Teams Invitational on the 18th and 19th of November. The first Vulcans team of the season will be selected soon.
The Remax Realty Youth Ministocks provided the biggest fields of the day, with visitors Dion Henderson (45K) and Jackson Evans (47H) taking two races each. Henderson in particular had great pace, breaking Dylan Smith’s Youth Ministock lap record in the third race with a lap of 18.38 seconds. 
Callum Sturzaker (15V) was the most consistent of the local competitors with three fourth placings and a third, whilst Hailey James (12V) had a scary moment on the final race when her car was struck from behind and almost rolled.
Bradley Korff (86S) took a clean sweep of the River City Press Adult Ministock races. Ryan Nolly (72S) took two second placings and one third, whilst last season’s points winner Ayrton Smith was off his normal pace, although he managed a third placing in the feature race.
A good field of Caird Bobcats Production Saloons was bolstered by Hawkes Bay visitor Brendon Zachan, who took the first race and the feature. Jason Pointon was on the pace in the 71V car, and Steven Davie (17V) had a good win in the other race. 
Grant Little (5V) was another consistent performer, whilst the local field has been bolstered by three newcomers, Shane van Schalkwyk (27V), Brent Hackett (11V) and Mike Lovell (10V) who debuted an immaculate Holden Commodore.
Sunday was a good blow-out for the competitors, and for the new Oceanview Family Speedway team under the leadership of new club president Daryl James. 

The Sun Shines on Oceanview

By Tony Stuart & Aimee Barnes

 The sun again shone on Supercheap Auto Oceanview Family Speedway for the second meeting of the new season, although a southerly wind kept things cool. Competitor numbers were up on the first meeting, with a number of drivers turning out for their first drive of the new season

 The Elite Mechanical Stockcars once again took top billing. Last year’s series winner Dion Mooney had repaired the malfunctioning power steering pump that kept the immaculate 2NZ machine in the pits last Sunday, and quickly showed he will be the man to beat again this season.

 Mooney took a clean sweep of four wins, including the PAUA Print Grand Slam. The first race saw the 22v of Scott “Scooter” McIntosh take an early lead. Scooter has contracted to Oceanview this season, and will be a welcome addition to the Stockcar ranks. However Dion Mooney was on the charge and after spinning 78V Mark Johnston powered through the field climbing over the front of the 22v car on his mission to claim the chequered flag. 52V Francis Potaka was quick in his first time out finishing in third behind 22v and a tremendous drive after the spin saw with the 78v of Johnston close behind in fourth.

 Mooney’s domination continued as the day wore on, but there were some fierce battles back in the field. Francis Potaka discovered his bumper, Mark Johnston pushed his way towards the front, and Scooter was prominent in the attacking department, but taking punishment as well as dishing it out.

 In the Grand Slam there was action right from the start with the 52V car spinning the 22V into turn 1, then coming out of turn 2 the 81V Superstock of Karlos Holloway turned the 81V Stockcar of Trevor Greig into the wall. The 98v of Gerry Linklater managed to come out of turn 1 in the lead of the race but after clipping a parked car that was quickly remedied by the 2nz who chased him down and took the lead. McIntosh tried to stall Mooney and allow Mark Johnston to sneak past but couldn’t stop the 2nz. 78v decide to have a little fun and spun the 81v car on the back straight then taking him to the grass the next lap in the exact same place. In the end the 2nz couldn’t be stopped and took home the win with 78v home in second.

 In the Sharp As Superstocks, Scott Duncan was joined by 599V Ron Tye, 81V Karlos Holloway and 66S Clint Hill. Their first race started with a bang…from the 599v car which launched from the start only to become stranded with what looked like the driveshaft sitting on the track behind it. A restart was called and 23v Scott Duncan led the race from start to finish, the first of three wins for the day as Tye did not return.

The Remax Realty Youth Ministocks saw wins to Karl Rowe (43P), Trazarn Ryland-Annabel and Brody Casey, son of class sponsor Jon. Brody Casey was greeted with several buckets of water upon his return to the pits after his victory lap, having achieved his first-ever win. His form suggested that his first win will not be his last!

Ayrton Smith (64P) and Bradley Korff (86 S) shared the spoils in the River City Press Adult Ministocks, Korff winning the second race of the day with a daring last-lap pass of Smith.

 The Caird Bobcats Production Saloons first race saw Steven Davis (17V) lead from start to finish uncontested. Grant Loveridge returned to the track today in a production saloon. In the feature race a great battle raged on for the lead of the race between Davis, Grant Little (5V), John Huijs (74V) and Jason Pointon (71V), with the Little car taking the win.

 The Minisprints were welcome visitors. Shane Dewar’s new 41P machine was the class act of the day, powering to a clean sweep of victories after Cameron Hurley (82V) lost power while leading the opening race. Trent Leslie (46V), Kurt Phillips (33S) and Warren Riddick (5S) were also prominent.

 Racing starts at 3pm this Sunday afternoon for our third meeting of the season, and the programme features Superstocks, Stockcars, Youth and Adult Ministocks, Sidecars and Production Saloons.

 There’s a short break after this week’s meeting, after which we’ll be into Saturday night racing, starting with our annual Fireworks meeting on 26th November. That’s a night you won’t want to miss, and as well as our best Fireworks display yet, we’ll be featuring the Trev’s Concrete Stockcar Shootout and the West Coast Youth Ministocks.

 There’s sure to be a big crowd at this meeting, so get here early to get your favourite spot. Bring a picnic tea, or there’ll be extra Gourmet Express vans on site with burgers, hot dogs chips, hot and cold drinks and all your favourite speedway fare; be there!

Remembering Charile

Remembering Charlie Berntsen 

On 13 October this year, the family and friends of "Big Bad" Charlie Berntsen will mark the first anniversary of his sad passing.

Although Charlie's racing career began in Palmerston North, he was an integral part of Oceanview Speedway from the very beginning.

He helped to build the toilet blocks at the track, and on Opening Day, won the very first race on the new track. He captained the first Wanganui Warriors team,

and of course won the New Zealand Stockcar Championships in 1982, at Oceanview, of course. 

The Wanganui Stockcar and Speedway Club is keen to celebrate Charlie's long association with the Club. Charlie was the Club's Patron at the time of his death,

and the wake after his funeral service was held in our clubrooms. The Club has held discussions with Charlie's wife Ann and the family, and it was decided last night that the

clubrooms will be renamed the Charlie Berntsen Clubrooms.. And as an added nod to Charlie, the bar area will be renamed the Brew 22 Bar. Younger readers may

not get the significance of this, but those of us who watched the early days of Stockcars in Palmerston North and Wanganui will remember Charlie's infamous Brew 22 car. 

Whilst we are still to finalise the season calendar for Oceanview Speedway for the 2016-17 season, one date is now set in concrete; Sunday 16th October. On this day

we will celebrate Charlie's long involvement with the Wanganui club, and the official renaming of the clubrooms will take place. Thanks to a suggestion from new Patron Bob Smith,

we are also planning a True Legends Day, where some of those drivers who raced in Charlie's era (1963 to 1984) will be invited to come to Oceanview Speedway and turn a few

laps for old time's sake. We are hoping that the Golden Oldies clubs will turn up and make some cars available, so that those of us who can remember how things were back

in the day can have our memories refreshed, and the younger generation can see some of the heritage of the sport on display. 

We have chosen this weekend because of its proximity to the date of Charlie's death, but also because Palmerston North Speedway will open on the Saturday night,

and those who have battled withdrawal symptoms over the winter can get a double fix of speedway that weekend, as well as celebrating the life of a speedway legend. 

More details will follow in due course, but mark this date in your calendar now. The Charlie Berntsen Trophy for Stockcars will still be contested, but at a stand-alone

meeting later in the season.


Sunday 24th report

 Podjursky Triumphs in West Coast Champs


By Tony Stuart


It was the turn of the Superstocks to take top billing at Supercheap Autos Oceanview Speedway on Sunday. The class has been plagued by low numbers this season, but a strong 12-car field was on hand for the West Coast Superstocks.

In addition, three Memorial titles were up from grabs, one in each heat, for the late Noel Kensington, George Podjursky and Craig Heibner. These titles are always keenly contested, and this year was no exception.

Cars from Christchurch, Hawke’s Bay, Wellington and Stratford were on hand to battle the locals. In the first heat Bevan Humphrey (54V) streaked away from his front row grid to win comfortably from Mitch Vickery (26S) and Kerry Podjursky (56VN). As well as taking maximum points in the championship, Humphrey won the Noel Kensington Memorial.

In the second heat and George Podjursky Memorial, Christchurch visitor Malcolm Ngatai (19C) got the jump ahead of Podjursky, who was desperate to win the race in memory of his late father. Podjursky chased Ngatai hard for the whole race, but couldn’t reel the former 1NZ driver in.

After two heats Bevan Humphrey led on 22 points followed by Podjursky (21), Vickery (20), Ngatai (19) and 23V Scott Duncan (17). This set up a fascinating final heat, with Vickery on the front row, and Podjursky and Humphrey back in the field.

Mitch Vickery led out the third heat, but he was blocked by 25B Kairyn O’Brien entering the front straight on the third lap and Podjursky took the lead. Vickery recovered, and he and Ngatai took off in pursuit of the leader. 

Just as they were gaining ground, Vickery and Ngatai came together at the exit to turn 2, and Humphrey almost rolled as he vaulted over the front of the 19C car. Duncan, sitting in fifth place shot past the other three cars, bringing him into podium contention.

As the laps counted down no one could catch the flying Podjursky who took the race, the Craig Heibner Memorial, and the West Coast Superstock title with 33 points. Duncan came home in second to claim third place in the championship, and veteran Bob Smith held on for third. Bevan Humphrey came home in fourth place and picked up enough points to give him second place in the championship.

Kerry Podjursky is a household name in the sport, but is usually associated more with influencing the outcome of races rather than winning. But on Sunday his tank was humming, and his victory was both richly deserved and very popular. With local cars taking the first three placings in the West Coast championship, there were some very happy locals at the conclusion of the meeting.

A good field of Stockcars gathered for Round 3 of the Elite Mechanical Stockcar Challenge. The highlight of the first two heats was the ongoing battle between 2NZ Dion Mooney and 82V Dennis Black which began at the previous meeting. 

It wasn’t until the final heat that Mooney and Black decided to race instead of trying to eliminate one another, and when they did Mooney took out the race to consolidate his lead in the points. Nicky Johnston (32R) and Shane Kells (87V) took out the first two races, with Blair Lockett (89V) and Ron Tye (99V) picking up multiple minor placings.

The Elite Mechanical Series is run on aggregate points over four rounds, so when it concludes next weekend, Dion Mooney is bound to find himself the centre of attention one way or the other, with big money up for grabs to the outright winner.

The season is fast drawing to a close, but there are still two meetings to go. All classes will race on Saturday 30th April starting at 6pm, and there will be a second meeting on Sunday 1st May, concluding with a Demolition Derby.

It has been a long season, but it is finishing on a very high note. 

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