Review from 26th & 27th Jan
Written by Cindy   
Thursday, 25 January 2018

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.

Last Updated ( Monday, 05 February 2018 )