Inclement weather and time curfew restrictions ended the second Porter Group International Sprintcar Series round at Baypark Speedway in Mount Maunganui on Thursday Evening.
Preliminary racing was completed on a dusty track with limited traction, and in some cases, low visibility.
The meeting held promise with the new big screen in place, 32 Sprintcars on hand, and the usually fine Bay of Plenty weather.
Heat 1 saw Wellingtons’ Stephen Taylor win over Kihikihi driver and former Minisprint master Brian Edwards and Australian Jamie Veal. Keaton Dahm and Dean Brindle also finishing in the top five.
A multi-car incident ending James Dahms’ night and parking the 3NZ driven by Jonathan Allard on the infield.
Allard occupied the seat for a second night in a row when its regular pilot Michael Pickens appeal of a 22-day stand-down was unsuccessful. Allard will also compete on Saturday in the final round.
Heat 2 was won by South Island driver Matthew Leversedge over Australian Dave Murcott, Hamilton’s Greg Pickerill and American’s Craig Dollansky and Round one winner Shane Stewart.
Stewart then took out Heat 3 with Dean Shadbolt, Daniel Eggleton Keaton Dahm and Taylor all collecting accumulating good points.
The final heat race win went to Veal with Dollansky and Jamie Larsen following. Jayden Dodge and Allard also finishing in the top-five.
The final race to be completed on the night was the 10-lap B-Main. Young Palmerston North driver Dean Cooper won over Aucklander Steve Smith and Mount Maunganui registered veteran Colin Entwistle.
Veal had earned top qualifier and was set to start from the front alongside North Island Champ Taylor with Stewart and Dollansky next with a pair of 88’s Keaton Dahm and Murcott next.
The brief light shower became persistent and strengthened as the International test racing cars were on track, the cars valiant wheel pack efforts unable to overcome rain and the ever looming curfew.
The final round is today at Western Springs Speedway with Shane Stewarts round one win and form guides showing him to be the driver to beat.