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Results - Round 5

2016-2017 Vertex Super Cup Results - Round 5 Top of the South Speedway Nelson 10th March 2017

From Ray Stewart

Post Meeting Report By Round Winner 34t Ray Stewart

What ended up as the fifth and final round at the Top of the South Nelson Speedway after the Saturday night was canned due to rain, also gave the 34T team the feature win and overall winner of the Vertex Super Cup Series for 2016/17.
Off grid one in the first heat of group two, we were first into turn one and held that through to the chequered flag for a 90 point win on a fast drivey surface.
Heat two and off the rear with some minor tyre pressure tweaks to tighten the car, but proved difficult to make passes with all the drivers fast on a momentum track but managed to pass three cars for 6th place.
An interesting part of the Vertex race format is where the grids are set by finishing positions from the previous Vertex Cup round. So top points to the front and lowest points to the rear for the first heat and reverse grids for the second heats. The idea being to give the lower points drivers a shot from the front of the field and a chance to win which happened in both reverse grid heats while the top points cars squabbled amongst themselves at the rear of the field.
We ended up off grid one for the 30 lap feature after Campbell chose the outside position of the front row hoping to get the jump into the first corner.
Ahh but the Chev has more grunt than the Ford and we shot into the first corner in front. A big pile up in lap three put 5 or so cars on the infield including several of the top points drivers.
Throughout the 30 laps that black plastic snout of the 492i car kept poking his nose up the inside but a slight steering adjustment put paid to that idea making Campbell go the long way round to get to the front. I could hear the Ford rattling behind me throughout the race and those 30 laps took forever before the chequered flag waved at the 34T car for the win. An excellent dice with Campbell racing within inches of each other without touching that really got the olde heart pumping.
Congratulations to all the Vertex drivers and crews. During the four heats and 30 lap feature race, not one car was lapped showing the increased skills of all drivers closing up the field.
A big thanks to the Nelson Club for making us feel welcome and to the track crew for giving us the best race surface we have seen at Nelson for a long time.
Thanks to Trev, Roger, Nic, Monique, John, Christine, Ariana, Jason for the unseen work that makes the Vertex Super Cup come together.
Cheers to my faithfull crew Rob, Wayne, Rebecca, Rosie, Josh. Alex, Campbell. A simple night with only tyre pressure adjustments.

Ray Stewart

From Campbell McManaway

Post Meeting Report By Round Winner 492i Campbell McManaway

After a very exciting Round 3 of the South Island Vertex Super Cup that saw the 3nz of Shane McIntyre and I battling out front the whole race, built the excitement for a another night of awesome racing for Round 4 again in Cromwell.

After repairing some minor damage after round 3 in the morning & giving the 1nz car a good wash down we loaded up and headed for the race track. Always enjoy racing at home at Central Motor Speedway and the support our PDPW Motorsport Team receive at trackside is always uplifting. The track was looking perfect for racing & we started Race 1 off grid 2, right beside the 3nz of Shane kicking off where we left it the night before set to be a wicked race! I managed to win the 1st Heat Race clearing away out front to take the checkers...

Heat 2 seen us start Grid 6 taking another Heat Race win...

Heat 3 we started deep off Grid 9 working our way through on the high line around the pack to finish 4th...

With the Heat Race points added up we were in the number 1 spot for the "Top 10 Pole Shuffle" which seen us go up against the 34t car of Ray Stewart. Got an awesome start and a good run on the high line down to turn 1 to take the Pole Shuffle win.

With points being so tight in the Vertex Super Cup Championship and competition so intense, it was a good opportunity at home to try and grab some extra passing points and attempt to close the gap to series leader 2nz Richie Taylor by starting from the rear in the Feature, with laps being reduced to 25 laps from 30, it was always going to be a challenge to keep the nose clean and stay patient on a track that was sure to run slick near the end.

Campbell McManaway