Skies cleared as a double header of championship events was held for adrenalin junkies at Huntly and Te Rapa PlaceMakers Speedway on Saturday night.

Drivers competed in action-packed races for Huntly Door Systems Waikato Stock Car championship and the Brian Tinney Motors Waikato Production Saloon championship.

It was a decent crowd considering the numerous speedway events held throughout the country in the previous month.

Stock car contestants faced three heats to become the new Waikato champion.

Track side was a big field of cars totalling 32 starters, so it was a real test of the nerves with so many cars.

In heat, 7H Dave Moore got a great start and set a fast pace with 87H Nevin Shrubb  and 71H Tyson Wootton chasing hard.

As laps went by and the cars were sorting themselves out,  616H Cody Webster took Shrubb to the wall.

With the hits continuing at the end of the round, Moore raced hard and picked the gaps when the opportunity arose. 

Moore went on to win the first heat from Wootton and then 62A Dan Shepherd.

In heat two, 36H Mark Caldwell took the chance to lead early.

Behind him, 44H Anthony McNeil smashed 54H Nigel Hazelton hard into the concrete wall on turn one causing the race to stop while Hazelton's car was moved to the infield.

As McNeil continued on for a few laps he also went to the infield with damage.

Moore caught up to Caldwell and took the win with maximum points of 66 points after two heats.

In heat three it was time find a champion. 

Top points scorers Hutchby, Moore and Caldwell all started off the rear with Wootton starting towards the front.

This didn't stop Moore powering around the outside and picking up valuable points.

As the laps dropped off, Wootton and Moore were equal on points however Moore managed to gain two more spots and hold onto his points.

The race was won by 334A Brad Wearing, but the new 2017 Waikato Stock Car champion was Dave Moore.

Wootton came in second with Hutchby in third. 

It was a smaller field of cars for the Brian Tinney Motors Production Saloon champs and all were from the Huntly track. 

Showing good pace early on was 24H Brad Philpot until he lost a wheel but managed to recover and race all heats.

Heat one was won by 10H Larry Bingham and heat two was claimed by 63H Peter Craddock.

In heat three Bingham had to run down Craddock with a fast and smooth drive to take the win and the 2017 Waikato Production Saloon championship.

Craddock came in second and third went to 98H Daniel Gee.

Next meeting at Huntly is Saturday night.


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