SPEEDWAY: Local competitors 89N Jason Smith and Connor Rangi leading the charge in the opening heat at the War of the Wings meeting. Smith held on to win with Rangi second across the line. Photo: Tom Laney/Imagepress.

War of the Wings headlines busy night on the track

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It was a successful night’s racing for the local contingent in round two of the Hydralink “War of the Wings” Sprintcar Series.

Twenty one cars fronted for the first of two rounds at Milestone Homes Top of the South Speedway, with Alicia MacLauchlan, Connor Rangi, Kris Gerard, Jason Smith and Greg Teece representing the Nelson club.

It was instant success with Smith winning the opening heat and Rangi finishing in 2nd – a great start for the night.

The field was split into four groups, each raced in rounds to try to advance to the 25-lap main final. After a successful debut last week, plenty of eyes were on Connor Rangi.

His 2nd place race in round one was the talk in the pits. After rolling at the opening meeting here a strong showing to back up the 2nd would be needed and he didn’t disappoint.

With a 2nd and a 5th in his heats, he easily qualified. Alicia and Kris were the other locals to qualify for the final.

The final had a couple of cautions for spins, but all of the cars went without any major damage the entire meeting. Steve Duff Jr from Christchurch took top spot and Luke Keegan finished 2nd under huge pressure from round one winner Daniel Anderson from Cromwell.

Gerard was the top local coming in 4th. MacLauchlan was next home in 5th spot while Rangi was in 7th. They travel to Woodford Glen in Christchurch for round three next week.

The Streetstocks had their opening teams challenge against the Canterbury Cobras. The Nelson Knights were up against a formidable southern team that had a tad more pace than the local boys could muster – the visitors established an early lead to keep the locals at bay.

A huge field of Productions turned up for the first round of their club champs. The racing was kept pretty tidy for such a huge field, however, the mix of front and rear drive cars made race lines difficult to maintain at times.

Race wins went to Eddie Franz, Blenheim’s Brett Allan and David Allan winning one each. Franz holds the points lead heading into the next round.

The Youth Ministocks returned to the track. There were no visiting drivers, so the locals battled amongst each other to establish the pecking order.

After three races and three different winners, the field remains very even. Raiden Hearne took advantage of a good grid to run away with heat one, Brayden Nell returned to form with a heat two win while Brayden Skurr, who was penalised in heat two, went on a mission in heat three – storming away for the win.

The Tasman Thunder went down to Christchurch for the Mainland Teams champs. The trophy has eluded them over the past few seasons and this was the case again this year.

They lost their opening race to the Greymouth Grizzlies, then were relegated from winning their 2nd race against the Canterbury Crushers by the referee. They won their final race against the Southern Spartan’s to finish 3rd overall.

The Super Stocks were boosted with the return of Dale McKenzie. Although they were racing hit-to-pass, most were content to just get valuable laps in. The field was very even – the calibre of machinery far outweighing the number on the track.

McKenzie was pretty low key considering his return provided two heat wins with Brett Nicholls picking up the other. They are the feature grade at the next meeting on December 2nd. The Nelson Tigers face the Palmerston North Panthers for the Challenge cup.

The Tigers are still to announce their line-up, but plenty of work is being done in the background.