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Welcome to Oceanview Speedway
Upcoming Events

June 9th 2018 - Prize giving / Cabaret

June 15th & 16th - Midas Speedway NZ AGM / Prize giving

June 24th - WSSC AGM at the Clubrooms.  

Wanganui Stockcar & Speedway Club Annual AGM - June 24th 11am @ Clubrooms, Landguard Rd, Wanganui.Election of Officers, Financial Report.

There are current Committee Members standing down which will leave positions available.

Club Captain & Treasurer. As per usual all positions are up for nomination.

Job descriptions will hopefully be available on request soon, if needed.

Apologies for the AGM can be emailed to the This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it or to any Committee member. thank you

 
Prize giving 2018

Prizegiving Tickets are on sale now.  Can buy from Holdaways, 92-96 Ridgway St, Wanganui or 
Renovators Centre, 54 Maria Pl, Wanganui.
Members $25 adult, $20 Youth, Non-members and door sales $35
If you cannot get to either of the stores please get in touch with me via txt if in work hours

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7th April 2018

Cold night, hot action

By Tony Stuart

 It was a cool autumn night, but the action at Supercheap Auto Oceanview Family Speedway on Saturday night was anything but cold.

The biggest field of Superstocks seen at the track since the North Island Superstocks in 2012 treated the big crowd to some fantastic racing action.

First up was the Noel Kensington Memorial race. 1NZ William Humphries started on the outside of the front row, but it was the 599P car of Ron Tye which made the early running.                                                     

Humphries was content to bide his time in the opening laps, but one he took the lead, there was no stopping him. He took a comfortable win over Wayne Hemi (591P) with Alex Bright (10N) storming home for third place.

The action level ramped up for the George Podjursky Memorial. 56V Kerry Podjursky was highly motivated to win the race in memory of his late father, but a first-lap incident put him back in the pack.

Midway through the race Sjoerd Dykstra (38G) was turned sideways at the end of the front straight. Just as the red lights came on to remove his car, son Ricky Dykstra’s 28P car clipped his father’s bumper and rolled. Both father and son emerged uninjured, but their respective nights were over. 

Scooter McIntosh held the lead until the very last corner, but was spun by Asher Rees (127C) and crossed the finish line backwards.

Brett Hyslop (9P) saw a gap and made a brave lunge to take the win from Rees, with McIntosh in third place. Only 3/10ths of a second separated the three cars.

The final Superstock race was the Craig Heibner Memorial. Logan Sharpe (33S) got the early jump, but a first lap spin saw Asher Rees take a lead he would not relinquish. Hyslop finished second, whilst Humphries showed his class with a drive from near the back of the field through to third.

The large field of Stockcars on hand included the 1NZ car of Ethan Rees, who was largely untroubled in winning the first race from 24V Wayne Wright and 98V Gerry Linklater.

Dion Mooney (6V) took out the second Stockcar heat from 87V Shane Kells, with Wright in third place.

The action ramped up in the feature race, with Mooney being slowed early, sending him into battle mode. Among his targets was the 1NZ car of Rees. Linklater, a former 1NZ himself, drove a canny race to take the win from Rees, with Mark Johnston in third place in Trevor Greig’s 81V car.

The Grand Slam saw the three Rees Superstocks starting almost a lap behind the Stockcars. Wright top the lead almost immediately, and despite his lap times being around a second a lap slower than the Superstocks, he held on to win by almost five seconds from Asher Rees, with Francis Potaka (52V) in third place.

Wins in the Adult Ministocks were shared between 86S Bradley Korff, 65W Caleb Madgwick and 92V Hailey James, who took out the feature race.

Kyle Rowe (43P) took the opening Youth Ministock race with a last-corner pass of 26V Kaelin Mooney. Rowe was then unceremoniously tipped over in the second heat, won by 92V Jemma Barnes. 21P Cody Hodge took out the feature race.

In the Production Saloons 71V Jason Pointon, 62V Jon Morrison and 7V Grant Loveridge took out a win apiece.                                                   

A very large field of Demolition Derby cars rolled out of the pits to face the starter, and chaos quickly ensured. After a large confrontation on the back straight, the 82V car of Zeb Walker from the David Jones Motors team emerged as the winner.

That brought the curtain down on a very successful speedway season. The crowd was the largest seen at Oceanview for several seasons. The turnout of visiting cars from eight different tracks in both islands, and the presence of the 1NZ cars in both the Superstock and Stockcar classes added prestige to the final meeting. 

Racing will resume in October, but for now Wanganui Stockcar and Speedway Club members, volunteers and officials will recharge their batteries over the winter break. The Club thanks everyone who has contributed to a memorable season.

 
17 March review

In a class of their own 

By Tony Stuart

 

Title sponsor Steve Heibner Distributors summed things up perfectly. 

Presenting the Stevo’s Distributors North Island Sidecars trophies to winners Russell Stuart and Andrew Parker, Heibner commented that the 1NZ rider and swinger were in a class of their own. 

No one was at Supercheap Auto Oceanview Family Speedway on Saturday night would agree with the former New Zealand and North Island champion’s assessment. 

Stuart and Parker are veterans of the New Zealand Sidecar community.  They won their first New Zealand title in 2010-11, but until last night their best effort at the North Island event had been a third placing in the 2007-08 season.

Stuart, aged 59, had planned to retire from racing at the end of the season, until he won the New Zealand title at Napier in January. 

Winning two of the three Speedway NZ titles in the class though will see the pair race again next season. 

After two of the five rounds of heats Stuart and Parker and the local 3NZ team of John Hannan and Bryce Rose were the only unbeaten teams. 

In Round 3 however Hannan could only manage one point in his heat, and the 3NZ team’s misery was compounded when the bike lost power on the last lap whilst leading their fourth race. Their night was over. 

Going into the final round of heats, three teams could have won, and remarkably, they were all drawn together in the very last race of the night. 

Mark Whye/Jason Cooper (96P) and Dylan Moohan/Tyler Berger (27A) were tied on 15 points, one behind Stuart/Parker. 

Once again though, 1NZ got the jump from the start, and held on for an emphatic win. 

Whye and Cooper came home in second, with the Auckland-based Moohan/Berger combination just behind in third place.

 Local teams Aaron Rose/Bailee Ross (34V) and Craig Scott/Kristi Wackildene (62V) shared fourth place with Andrew McNamara/George Olsen (21B). 

Stuart was warm in his praise of the host club for a well-run event, and had some special words for Aaron Rose and Amelia Stanley, who had done a huge amount of work to run the event, including creating the unique trophies. 

Wellington driver Tyler Lampp (992W) took out the Trev’s Concrete Stockcar Shootout. Lampp was the top qualifier, and came up against former 1NZ Gerry Linklater (98V) in the final. 

Linklater, who qualified fourth, had earlier eliminated Francis Potaka (52V), Damon Baxter (7V) and Mark Johnston (driving Greig’s 81V car) to make the final, and was given the prize for the best challenge. 

It was a cool night at Oceanview Speedway, but for the good crowd the racing action was anything but. Spectators were treated to a clinical display of riding by the new North Island champions. 

The final meeting of the season will take place on Saturday 7th April at 7pm. 

That meeting will feature the Noel Kensington, George Podjursky and Craig Heibner Memorial races for Superstocks, along with a Stockcar teams race. 

Also on the card is the Wanganui Stockcar and Speedway Club’s annual Demolition Derby, and the season will be brought to a close with fireworks. 

In a season when there have been plenty of fireworks on the track, that will be a fitting conclusion!

 
3 March 2018

Hermansen, Mooney shine at Oceanview

 By Tony Stuart  

All the elements were there.

The pits were full to overflowing two hours before the start of the meeting, the weather was fantastic, and a good crowd was on hand.

And the action at Supercheap Auto Oceanview Family Speedway lived up to the expectations, despite the two feature events being dominated by two drivers.

1NZ Christian Hermansen proved his second New Zealand Minisprint title was no fluke. “The Hermanator” was in outstanding form, winning a third consecutive New Zealand Minisprint Grand Prix.

 A win and a second place in his heats put Hermansen on pole position for the 20-lap final. Alongside him was the impressive Lydia Dickinson (75S).

93P Karl McGill lowered his own lap record to 13.78 en route to the second row of the grid, which he shared with 44P Glen McCutcheon.

Hermansen blasted away from the start, and was quickly up to pace. His 3rd and 4th laps both shattered the lap record, now 13.66 seconds, as he showed blistering speed whilst the track held some moisture.

As the laps counted down there was a series of incidents. McGill got caught up trying to lap Cameron Hurley (82V) and almost rolled. His race was over.

McCutcheon then fell by the wayside, and Ben Vaughn (57H) had to go to the back of the field while challenging for a podium position.

After several restarts, Hermansen took the win from Dickinson, with 8P Nathan Jeffries in third place.

Hermansen had a number of issues with his new car early in the season, but has put those behind them. At prizegiving, he paid tribute to his crew chief father Mike, engines builders Bryan and Nelson Hartley and Mike Robins from Terminator Race Cars.

A massive field of 29 Stockcars started the first heat of the Charlie Berntsen Trophy, and predictably, it didn’t take long for carnage to break out. 33V Trazarn Ryland-Annabell fired 61V Dion Black into the wall on the back straight rolling Black’s car.

Defending Charlie Berntsen Trophy-holder Francis Potaka was an early casualty, along with other good prospects including 15V Callum Sturzaker, 9V Chet Swan and 882P Brandon Jurgeleit. Less than half the field finished the first heat which was won by Dion Mooney (6V) from 78V Mark Johnston and 22V Scooter McIntosh.

The second heat was a more orderly affair with Darryl Taylor taking the win in Trevor Greig’s 81V car from 53V Mason James and the ever-present Mooney.

After two heats Mooney had a one point lead over Taylor. McIntosh was another two points further back, closely followed by James and Johnston.

The third heat was another torrid affair. 19P Aidan Pond was left stranded against the wall at the southern end on the first lap, and as the leaders came round again, 772P Kyle Lampp ran wide and slammed into Pond’s car.

That set off a chain reaction which caught out Johnston. Clipping a car as he tried to avoid the mayhem, Johnston finished on his side, and out of the running. It was the second time in two meetings that Johnston had been rolled at that spot!

In the meantime Mooney drove a stealth mission to reach the front. Lampp killed James’s chances by blocking him for a lap and a half, and as the laps counted down Jurgeleit put in a massive hit on Taylor, slowing the 81V car.

Mooney took the race win, from McIntosh in second place and 7V Damon Baxter in third. Taylor limped home in fifth place.

When the points were tallied Mooney had won The Charlie with 85 points. McIntosh finished second on 81 points and Taylor had done enough to finish third, a point further back.

Receiving the trophy from Berntsen’s widow Ann, Mooney told the crowd in the clubrooms it was his second time winning the event. He regards this one as more special however, given that Big Bad Charlie is no longer around.

In the Superstocks, 29V Clint Hill, 4V Chad Ace and 471P Daniel Hole shared the victories. 86S Bradley Korff was dominant in the Adult Ministocks, with three wins from three.

North Island Champion Grant Loveridge (7V) won the opening Production Saloon race, but had to bow to 71V Jason Pointon in the next two races.

And in the Youth Ministocks, another Mooney starred. After coming a close second to 7P Louis Redshaw in the opening race, 26V Kaelin Mooney took the second race by a mere 0.02 seconds from 21P Cody Hodge, and added the feature race as well.

Given the hot weather conditions, the track was in superb condition, a credit to the track crew led by Mike Annabell. That allowed some fantastic racing in all classes, with the crowd going home happy.

Racing at Oceanview Family Speedway resumes on Sunday 11th March at 3pm with the running of the West Coast Sidecars, and the Heiby Memorial Youth Ministocks. 

 
CHANGES TO RACE CALENDER

Our next meeting is on Saturday 3rd March, and features the Zodiac Signs NZ Minisprint GP and the Charlie Berntsen Trophy, plus Superstocks and other supporting classes (to be advised). Please note that there will be no racing on Sunday 4th March.

On Sunday 11th March we will race the West Coast Sidecars and the Heiby Memorial Youth Ministocks. Support classes for this meeting are to be advised.

On Saturday 17th March, the feature event will be the Stevo's Distributors North Island Sidecars, and our final meeting is on Saturday 7th April, featuring the Noel Kensington, George Podjursky and Craig Heibner Memorials for the Superstocks, plus our annual Demolition Derby and Fireworks.

In the meantime we wish Wanganui cars and drivers competing in the North Island Stockcars (Huntly, this weekend), the North Island Superstocks and Global 248 Challenge (Palmerston North, 16 & 17 February) and the North Island Production Saloons and New Zealand Stockcar Championships (Napier and Gisborne respectively, 23 & 24 February) all the very best of luck. It's a busy time of year, which explains why Supercheap Auto Oceanview Family Speedway is taking a break for a few weeks.

 
Review from 26th & 27th Jan

Mooney wins at Oceanview

By Tony Stuart 

The Mooney name is synonymous with Supercheap Auto Oceanview Family Speedway. And after two nights of torrid racing on Friday and Saturday nights, it was Dion Mooney who took the lion’s share of prize money put up by his brother Mike, owner of Elite Mechanical and Engineering. 

Although the field of Stockcars was slightly down on expectations due to a number of withdrawals, there was no lack of action. Two fine, warm evenings brought good crowds out to Oceanview, and they were treated to plenty of uncompromising racing. 

After qualifying on Friday night 24 cars faced the starter in the first Elite Mechanical Cup heat, and 89V Blair Lockett took the win from 28V Trent Palamountain. 

Mooney quickly got to the front in heat two, and was never headed. Former 1NZ Gerry Linklater (98V) came home in second, followed by 53V Mason James and 22V Scott McIntosh. 

Further back in the pack 52V Francis Potaka went on a mission seeking out visiting cars, and latched onto 172P Daniel Burmeister, one of the favourites. That battle continued to the end of the race, and spilled over into the final heat winning Potaka the JDT Engineering Stirrer prize. 

After two heats Mooney led on 44 points with McIntosh (42), and Linklater, 7V Damon Baxter and Palamountain all within striking distance on 40 points if Mooney slipped up. 

But there’s a good reason Mooney is rated as one of New Zealand’s best Stockcar drivers. Early in the final heat he got near the front of the race, and stayed out of trouble as others foundered. 

McIntosh and Palamountain both fell victim to mechanical gremlins, and whilst 992W Taylor Lampp took the win from Linklater, Mooney coasted home in fourth place. 

When the points were tallied, Mooney took the victory on 65, from Linklater (63) and Lampp (62), with Lockett and Baxter rounding out the top five. 

The second tier championship, sponsored by Fast Lane Spares was all action. 24P Stu Sowry took the money from 33V Trazarn Ryland-Annabell and 51V Peter Wapp, but the action came from 177P Jamie Tinetti and 78V Mark Johnston. 

Tinetti rolled Johnston at the southern end in heat two, with Johnston repaying the favour in the final heat. Tinetti exited his overturned car, went over and shook Johnston’s hand, and at one all, the battle was declared a draw! 

The Karl Barritt Memorial Sidecars event was won by 96P Mark Whye/Jacob Cooper after a run-off with 1NZ Russell Stuart/Andrew Parker well after most of the crowd had left. 

The 96P bike was excluded from the final heat, but after lengthy discussions with the race officials 96P was reinstated, leaving the two combinations tied on points. 17P Tony Hislop/Matt Stewart finished third. 

So the first Elite Mechanical and Engineering Cup meeting was a terrific success. The Wanganui Stockcar and Speedway Club plans to make this an annual event. 

Racing now takes a break during February, with a number of Speedway NZ titles being contested around the country. The next event at Oceanview is the New Zealand Minisprint Grand Prix on Saturday 3rd March.

 
2017/18 Wanganui Warriors

The Warriors are back!


The Wanganui Warriors will be back at the ENZED Superstock Teams Championship in Palmerston North next week.

Wanganui Stockcar and Speedway Club President and Warriors manager Daryl James announced the team this morning:

Dion Mooney (Captain)
Scott McIntosh
Shaun Pearson
Chad Ace
Clint Hill
Francis Potaka (sixth driver)

Daryl James says the team is thrilled to be back, after missing last year’s event.

“The Superstock class is growing in Wanganui but a number of drivers were not yet ready for teams racing. That is why the WSSC has approached two experienced campaigners in Ace and Hill” he said.

With Wanganui due to host the New Zealand Superstocks in 2019-20, the class is in good heart. The Warriors have a long history at the Palmerston North event, and the WSSC was determined to field a competitive team this season.

“A lot of work has gone in behind the scenes to put this team together” said Daryl James. “We hope our many supporters will get behind the Warriors as they Fly the V proudly in Palmerston North”.


 
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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ALL ACTION AT OCEANVIEW

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 MEETING

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.

 
2ND ATTEMPT AT OPENING MEETING 2017/18

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/

 
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..

APPEAL HEARING OUTCOME

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 

 

 
AGM

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. 

https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B5QhCE0ZT62RdkJLRGpQYUNRVzg
 
 
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.

 

  

 
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.

 

 
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