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Welcome to Oceanview Speedway
26 Nov

  The Fireworks Extravaganza that nearly wasn’t

 By Tony Stuart

 There were some nervous people gathered at Supercheap Auto Oceanview Family Speedway early on Saturday afternoon. Midday rain had caused the cancellation of the Christmas races at the Wanganui Racecourse, and the Wanganui Stockcar and Speedway Club’s committee members were fielding multiple questions as to whether Saturday night’s Fireworks Extravaganza would run.

 Weather maps and radars were studied and opinions were exchanged. The committee decided it was business as usual, even as another shower blew across Oceanview.

 And it was an inspired decision. The weather was cool and windy, but the rain that fell in town bypassed the speedway. A very good crowd poured in, and the best night’s racing at Oceanview Family Speedway in some time was the result.

 The West Coast Sidecars trophy is headed to Auckland. The 46A pairing of Russell Stewart (rider) and Andrew Parker (swinger) were unstoppable on the night, registering three race wins and a maximum 15 points.

 The Palmerston North pair of Josh Lambert and Mikey O’Neill (26P) finished second, two points behind the Aucklanders. In third place was former 1NZ rider John Hannan (19V) with swinger Bryce Rose.

 It was a night to forget however for local hopes Aaron Rose and Amelia Stanley (34V). Rose couldn’t get the bike off the starting line in the first two heats, succumbing to what he described as “ooerator error”.

 Stewart and Parker have now completed five successive race wins at Oceanview this season. With the New Zealand Sidecar Championships at the Wanganui in March, they will be the early title favourites.

 Dion Mooney had another dominant night in the Stockcars, winning two heats and the Trev’s Concrete Stockcar Shootout.

 Mooney was too quick for Tony Hodge (53V), after Hodge had earlier ended 24V Wayne Wright’s bid to win the spoils.

 It wasn’t all plain sailing for Mooney though. In the feature race newcomer Peter Wapp (51V) slammed the 2NZ car into the wall

 A competitive field of Superstocks turned on some brutal racing. Stratford driver Phil Ogle was an early casualty as Asher Rees (126G) piled into the side of his car just short of the finish line.

 Ethan Rees took (127G) the first race, Asher the second, and father Peter Rees took out the Superstock Feature in the immaculate Nissan-powered 10G car.

 Durig the Feature Race Asher Rees tried to take Kerry Podjursky (56V) to the wall at the southern end. Podjursky responded with a brutal hit to Rees’ left front wheel ending the race for the young man from Foxton.

 The Grand Slam combined the Stockcars with the Superstocks and there was plenty of action. Jayson Palamountain (28V) stopped Asher Rees in his tracks with a massive hit in front of a crowded southern embankment, whilst Ethan Rees took up his brother’s battle with Podjursky. Peter Rees took out the race.

 Wins in the Youth Ministocks were shared between William Hughes (99S), Callum Sturzaker (driving Hughes’ car) and Trazarn Ryland-Annabel, who took two wins. Jemma Barnes debuted a brand new 92V car which was absolutely immaculate.

 In th Production Saloons John Caird (53V) took two wins, but in the second race had his bonnet fly open obscuring his vision. Somehow he managed to complete five laps at race pace before pulling to the infield, peering through a small gap at the bottom of his windscreen. Jason Pointon (71V) took that race.

 At the end of the racing programme the lights went out, and the team from Kairanga Lions Club turned on a spectacular fireworks display which was visible right across the city.

 It was a fittingly explosive finish to an excellent night of explosive on-track action that very nearly didn’t happen.

 

  

 
Youth Ministock Oceanview 5000

In January 2017, Oceanview Speedway will be hosting a big meeting for Youth Ministocks. This is to recognise the role that Oceanview played in getting the Ministock class off the ground, when Darryl Taylor decided to come up with an affordable entry-level speedway car.

Run over two nights, January 13th and 14th, the Oceanview 5000 will be restricted to 100 competitors; 20 aged 12 to 13, and 80 aged 14 and 16. The entry form will be released this evening.

We've set up a new Facebook page especially for the Oceanview 5000 - https://www.facebook.com/Oceanview5000/ - go and like the page, and you'll be kept in the loop. We will have updates on this page, but the Oceanview 500 Facebook page will be the place to get all the news about the event.

Stay tuned for more information.

 

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW FOR YOU ENTRY FORM (this will take you to Drop Box to download


 
 

 
BIGGEST FIREWORKS RACE MEETING EVER

26TH NOVEMBER 2016

RACING STARTS AT 6PM, GATES OPEN FROM 4PM

ENTRY FEE....$35 FAMILY (2 adults + 3 children), $15 ADULT (16yrs upward), $5 child (8yrs - 15yrs) 

 
23 October Opening Meeting Report

Report from Opening Meeting thanks Tony Stuart
Oceanview Opens

The sun shone on Supercheap Auto Oceanview Family Speedway as a new season kicked into life on Sunday. Competitor numbers were down a little, with a number of drivers delaying their first appearance, but there was still action aplenty.
The Elite Mechanical Stockcars took top billing. Mike Mooney has renewed his sponsorship of the Elite Series for Stockcars, but this season points will be awarded at every meeting, with drivers able to drop their worst two meeting scores. Sadly for last year’s series winner Dion Mooney, a power steering pump failure kept the immaculate 2NZ machine in the pits.
That was good news for Elite Series runner-up last year, Mark Johnston. The 78V car took the first two heats, and finished second to the lone Superstock competitor Scott Duncan in the third to take a good haul of points. 
Come the feature race, Nathan Black (67V) decided that enough was enough, and he and Johnston had a running battle. Black, running the ex-Ian Barron car did everything he could to halt Johnston’s progress, and when the race ended with Chet Swan winning in the 9V car, Black and Johnston were several laps down.
The PAUA Print Grand Slam featured more of the same, with a prize up for grabs for the best stirrer. Unsurprisingly Black took that out, but not before being fired into the wall at the Airport end by Jamie Tinetti in Daryl James’ 53V car. The race was taken out by Brendon Learmonth in the 174V Tank, after he had a heavy collision with the wall earlier in the day.
It was great to see former 1NZ Gerry Linklater back on the track, even if he was flying an “L” flag as he goes through a mentoring programme. But both he and Jayson Palamountain (28V) had days to forget. Newcomer Peter Wapp (51V) in the former Potaka car had plenty of fun on his first day of competition.
Dion Mooney should be repaired for this coming weekend, and Francis Potaka will debut his new car. The two Vulcans drivers head south next week with the Ken’s Cowboys team, and will be competing with the Wanganui Vulcans at the Huntly Teams Invitational on the 18th and 19th of November. The first Vulcans team of the season will be selected soon.
The Remax Realty Youth Ministocks provided the biggest fields of the day, with visitors Dion Henderson (45K) and Jackson Evans (47H) taking two races each. Henderson in particular had great pace, breaking Dylan Smith’s Youth Ministock lap record in the third race with a lap of 18.38 seconds. 
Callum Sturzaker (15V) was the most consistent of the local competitors with three fourth placings and a third, whilst Hailey James (12V) had a scary moment on the final race when her car was struck from behind and almost rolled.
Bradley Korff (86S) took a clean sweep of the River City Press Adult Ministock races. Ryan Nolly (72S) took two second placings and one third, whilst last season’s points winner Ayrton Smith was off his normal pace, although he managed a third placing in the feature race.
A good field of Caird Bobcats Production Saloons was bolstered by Hawkes Bay visitor Brendon Zachan, who took the first race and the feature. Jason Pointon was on the pace in the 71V car, and Steven Davie (17V) had a good win in the other race. 
Grant Little (5V) was another consistent performer, whilst the local field has been bolstered by three newcomers, Shane van Schalkwyk (27V), Brent Hackett (11V) and Mike Lovell (10V) who debuted an immaculate Holden Commodore.
Sunday was a good blow-out for the competitors, and for the new Oceanview Family Speedway team under the leadership of new club president Daryl James. 

 
The Sun Shines on Oceanview

By Tony Stuart & Aimee Barnes

 The sun again shone on Supercheap Auto Oceanview Family Speedway for the second meeting of the new season, although a southerly wind kept things cool. Competitor numbers were up on the first meeting, with a number of drivers turning out for their first drive of the new season

 The Elite Mechanical Stockcars once again took top billing. Last year’s series winner Dion Mooney had repaired the malfunctioning power steering pump that kept the immaculate 2NZ machine in the pits last Sunday, and quickly showed he will be the man to beat again this season.

 Mooney took a clean sweep of four wins, including the PAUA Print Grand Slam. The first race saw the 22v of Scott “Scooter” McIntosh take an early lead. Scooter has contracted to Oceanview this season, and will be a welcome addition to the Stockcar ranks. However Dion Mooney was on the charge and after spinning 78V Mark Johnston powered through the field climbing over the front of the 22v car on his mission to claim the chequered flag. 52V Francis Potaka was quick in his first time out finishing in third behind 22v and a tremendous drive after the spin saw with the 78v of Johnston close behind in fourth.

 Mooney’s domination continued as the day wore on, but there were some fierce battles back in the field. Francis Potaka discovered his bumper, Mark Johnston pushed his way towards the front, and Scooter was prominent in the attacking department, but taking punishment as well as dishing it out.

 In the Grand Slam there was action right from the start with the 52V car spinning the 22V into turn 1, then coming out of turn 2 the 81V Superstock of Karlos Holloway turned the 81V Stockcar of Trevor Greig into the wall. The 98v of Gerry Linklater managed to come out of turn 1 in the lead of the race but after clipping a parked car that was quickly remedied by the 2nz who chased him down and took the lead. McIntosh tried to stall Mooney and allow Mark Johnston to sneak past but couldn’t stop the 2nz. 78v decide to have a little fun and spun the 81v car on the back straight then taking him to the grass the next lap in the exact same place. In the end the 2nz couldn’t be stopped and took home the win with 78v home in second.

 In the Sharp As Superstocks, Scott Duncan was joined by 599V Ron Tye, 81V Karlos Holloway and 66S Clint Hill. Their first race started with a bang…from the 599v car which launched from the start only to become stranded with what looked like the driveshaft sitting on the track behind it. A restart was called and 23v Scott Duncan led the race from start to finish, the first of three wins for the day as Tye did not return.

The Remax Realty Youth Ministocks saw wins to Karl Rowe (43P), Trazarn Ryland-Annabel and Brody Casey, son of class sponsor Jon. Brody Casey was greeted with several buckets of water upon his return to the pits after his victory lap, having achieved his first-ever win. His form suggested that his first win will not be his last!

Ayrton Smith (64P) and Bradley Korff (86 S) shared the spoils in the River City Press Adult Ministocks, Korff winning the second race of the day with a daring last-lap pass of Smith.

 The Caird Bobcats Production Saloons first race saw Steven Davis (17V) lead from start to finish uncontested. Grant Loveridge returned to the track today in a production saloon. In the feature race a great battle raged on for the lead of the race between Davis, Grant Little (5V), John Huijs (74V) and Jason Pointon (71V), with the Little car taking the win.

 The Minisprints were welcome visitors. Shane Dewar’s new 41P machine was the class act of the day, powering to a clean sweep of victories after Cameron Hurley (82V) lost power while leading the opening race. Trent Leslie (46V), Kurt Phillips (33S) and Warren Riddick (5S) were also prominent.

 Racing starts at 3pm this Sunday afternoon for our third meeting of the season, and the programme features Superstocks, Stockcars, Youth and Adult Ministocks, Sidecars and Production Saloons.

 There’s a short break after this week’s meeting, after which we’ll be into Saturday night racing, starting with our annual Fireworks meeting on 26th November. That’s a night you won’t want to miss, and as well as our best Fireworks display yet, we’ll be featuring the Trev’s Concrete Stockcar Shootout and the West Coast Youth Ministocks.

 There’s sure to be a big crowd at this meeting, so get here early to get your favourite spot. Bring a picnic tea, or there’ll be extra Gourmet Express vans on site with burgers, hot dogs chips, hot and cold drinks and all your favourite speedway fare; be there!

 
GREENSHEETING

THERE WILL BE GREENSHEETING HELD AT HOLDAWAYS, 92-96 RIDGEWAY ST, WANGANUI FROM 10AM on SATURDAY 15TH OCTOBER

IF YOU ARE INTERESTED PLEASE TXT DION BEOFREHAND SO HE CAN GET AN IDEA OF NUMBERS AND TIMES.  THERE WILL NOT BE GREENSHEETING AT THE TRACK ON THURSDAY 13TH OCT BEFORE PRACTICE.  

THANKS 

(YOU WILL FIND DION'S NUMBER UNDER CONTACTS 

 

 
youth

YOUTH MINSTOCKS....Your working bee this Saturday 8th Oct from 10am in the Clubrooms.  You will be painting the internal ceiling, please come prepared thanks

 

 
Vulcans Racing 2016-17

A busy season awaits the Wanganui Vulcans Stockcar team. The Vulcans have been invited to compete at the Huntly Teams on November 18th and 19th and a teams race against Stratford will take place at Oceanview Speedway on Saturday 10th December. Later in the season the Vulcans will be off to Gisborne again for the NZ Stockcar Teams, and to Meeanee for the Peter Barry meeting.

 The WSSC invites any driver interested in making themselves available for Vulcans selection to attend a meeting at the Clubrooms on Saturday 8th October at 1pm. If you can't make it but are still interested, please contact Daryl James or Francis Potaka.

 

 
Naming Rights

The Wanganui Stockcar and Speedway Club has confirmed its naming rights sponsor for the 2016-17 season.

 Supercheap Autos came on board as our naming rights sponsor last season, and we are delighted to confirm that the company has agreed to sponsor the speedway for a second season.

 The 2016-17 speedway season is getting closer every day, with the race season at Supercheap Autos Oceanview Speedway due to kick off on Sunday 23nd October at 3pm. Big thanks to Supercheap Autos for partnering with the Club once again.

 
New Season Race Calendar 2016/17

Our calendar is now on the Race Calender tab

All details for each meeting will be announced at a later date

We are happy to annouce that Elite Mechanical  have come on board again and will sponsor the Stockcars.  We will be running the Elite Stockcar Challenge over the entire season.  Written rules to follow before the season starts.

 
Membership sign up

Tonight all intended Oceanview competitors for 2016-17 are invited to come to the clubrooms from 6.30pm for

Driver Sign-up and SNZ licensing.

We also give club members advance notice that there will be a working bee at the track on Sunday 18th September at 11am.

 

 

 

 

 

 We would l

ove to have a good turnout of members and helpers, and after next

 

Tuesday night's committee meeting we will have a list of what needs to be done, and what tools you might want to bring along.

 
Remembering Charile

Remembering Charlie Berntsen 

On 13 October this year, the family and friends of "Big Bad" Charlie Berntsen will mark the first anniversary of his sad passing.

Although Charlie's racing career began in Palmerston North, he was an integral part of Oceanview Speedway from the very beginning.

He helped to build the toilet blocks at the track, and on Opening Day, won the very first race on the new track. He captained the first Wanganui Warriors team,

and of course won the New Zealand Stockcar Championships in 1982, at Oceanview, of course. 

The Wanganui Stockcar and Speedway Club is keen to celebrate Charlie's long association with the Club. Charlie was the Club's Patron at the time of his death,

and the wake after his funeral service was held in our clubrooms. The Club has held discussions with Charlie's wife Ann and the family, and it was decided last night that the

clubrooms will be renamed the Charlie Berntsen Clubrooms.. And as an added nod to Charlie, the bar area will be renamed the Brew 22 Bar. Younger readers may

not get the significance of this, but those of us who watched the early days of Stockcars in Palmerston North and Wanganui will remember Charlie's infamous Brew 22 car. 

Whilst we are still to finalise the season calendar for Oceanview Speedway for the 2016-17 season, one date is now set in concrete; Sunday 16th October. On this day

we will celebrate Charlie's long involvement with the Wanganui club, and the official renaming of the clubrooms will take place. Thanks to a suggestion from new Patron Bob Smith,

we are also planning a True Legends Day, where some of those drivers who raced in Charlie's era (1963 to 1984) will be invited to come to Oceanview Speedway and turn a few

laps for old time's sake. We are hoping that the Golden Oldies clubs will turn up and make some cars available, so that those of us who can remember how things were back

in the day can have our memories refreshed, and the younger generation can see some of the heritage of the sport on display. 

We have chosen this weekend because of its proximity to the date of Charlie's death, but also because Palmerston North Speedway will open on the Saturday night,

and those who have battled withdrawal symptoms over the winter can get a double fix of speedway that weekend, as well as celebrating the life of a speedway legend. 

More details will follow in due course, but mark this date in your calendar now. The Charlie Berntsen Trophy for Stockcars will still be contested, but at a stand-alone

meeting later in the season.

 

 
Sunday 24th report

 Podjursky Triumphs in West Coast Champs

 

By Tony Stuart

 

It was the turn of the Superstocks to take top billing at Supercheap Autos Oceanview Speedway on Sunday. The class has been plagued by low numbers this season, but a strong 12-car field was on hand for the West Coast Superstocks.

In addition, three Memorial titles were up from grabs, one in each heat, for the late Noel Kensington, George Podjursky and Craig Heibner. These titles are always keenly contested, and this year was no exception.

Cars from Christchurch, Hawke’s Bay, Wellington and Stratford were on hand to battle the locals. In the first heat Bevan Humphrey (54V) streaked away from his front row grid to win comfortably from Mitch Vickery (26S) and Kerry Podjursky (56VN). As well as taking maximum points in the championship, Humphrey won the Noel Kensington Memorial.

In the second heat and George Podjursky Memorial, Christchurch visitor Malcolm Ngatai (19C) got the jump ahead of Podjursky, who was desperate to win the race in memory of his late father. Podjursky chased Ngatai hard for the whole race, but couldn’t reel the former 1NZ driver in.

After two heats Bevan Humphrey led on 22 points followed by Podjursky (21), Vickery (20), Ngatai (19) and 23V Scott Duncan (17). This set up a fascinating final heat, with Vickery on the front row, and Podjursky and Humphrey back in the field.

Mitch Vickery led out the third heat, but he was blocked by 25B Kairyn O’Brien entering the front straight on the third lap and Podjursky took the lead. Vickery recovered, and he and Ngatai took off in pursuit of the leader. 

Just as they were gaining ground, Vickery and Ngatai came together at the exit to turn 2, and Humphrey almost rolled as he vaulted over the front of the 19C car. Duncan, sitting in fifth place shot past the other three cars, bringing him into podium contention.

As the laps counted down no one could catch the flying Podjursky who took the race, the Craig Heibner Memorial, and the West Coast Superstock title with 33 points. Duncan came home in second to claim third place in the championship, and veteran Bob Smith held on for third. Bevan Humphrey came home in fourth place and picked up enough points to give him second place in the championship.

Kerry Podjursky is a household name in the sport, but is usually associated more with influencing the outcome of races rather than winning. But on Sunday his tank was humming, and his victory was both richly deserved and very popular. With local cars taking the first three placings in the West Coast championship, there were some very happy locals at the conclusion of the meeting.

A good field of Stockcars gathered for Round 3 of the Elite Mechanical Stockcar Challenge. The highlight of the first two heats was the ongoing battle between 2NZ Dion Mooney and 82V Dennis Black which began at the previous meeting. 

It wasn’t until the final heat that Mooney and Black decided to race instead of trying to eliminate one another, and when they did Mooney took out the race to consolidate his lead in the points. Nicky Johnston (32R) and Shane Kells (87V) took out the first two races, with Blair Lockett (89V) and Ron Tye (99V) picking up multiple minor placings.

The Elite Mechanical Series is run on aggregate points over four rounds, so when it concludes next weekend, Dion Mooney is bound to find himself the centre of attention one way or the other, with big money up for grabs to the outright winner.

The season is fast drawing to a close, but there are still two meetings to go. All classes will race on Saturday 30th April starting at 6pm, and there will be a second meeting on Sunday 1st May, concluding with a Demolition Derby.

It has been a long season, but it is finishing on a very high note. 

 
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Site is updated by Tony Stuart.

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Points

How the Points System Operates

Points are allocated for ALL races up to a maximum of 6 points.  

Standard Races:

1st =  6; 2nd = 5; 3rd = 4; 4th = 3; 5th = 2; 6th = 1  

Feature Races:

1st =  6; 2nd = 5; 3rd = 4; 4th = 3; 5th = 2; 6th = 1  

Grand Slam Races: (not included in overall points)

1st =  6; 2nd = 5; 3rd = 4; 4th = 3; 5th = 2; 6th = 1

Points are allocated to the driver of a vehicle not the vehicle itself.

Feature Points are included in the overall season points as well as being recorded separately.

Stockcars/Superstocks - when these two classes race together in a Standard or Feature Race, they are awarded points as per their placings per class.  For example if Supers finish 1, 2, 5, 6 , they will be awarded points as 6, 5, 3, and 1.

If Stockcars finish 3, 4,  in the same race, they will also be awarded points as 6, 5.  

The Grand Slam allocates its own points and these are awarded as per the placings regardless of class (Stockcars or Superstocks.)

When a Championship is run at a meeting (West Coast Champs or Charlie), no points will be awarded OR if the Teams are away on a race meeting No points will be awarded

Losing track of points can occur when Drivers swap vehicles during a Race Meeting and don't notify the Office Staff.

 
photos

Photos from the track can be found at the link below.  If you would like to order a copy or two, private message on the page and let us know.  There will be an album on site at the Souvenir Hutt in weeks to come,

 https://www.facebook.com/pages/Oceanview-Speedway/1472420883045706

Photo's are courtesy of PS3 photography 

 

 
InterIsland Ferry Crossings

For any Speedway drivers/members that intend to cross the waters this year, the awesome guys at Interislander have put together a great discount deal for you.  All you have to do is book by contacting Tony on 021 726 711 or This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it and he will help you out.

You dont have to pay till you arrive at the terminal.  Driver free with vehicle.  If you can't make your crossing, just let him know, they will put you on the next available crossing.  

For more details please contact Tony on the above number or email. 

LETS SUPPORT THE PEOPLE THAT SUPPORT YOU!!!!   

  

www.cookstraitcrossings.co.nz are now 

Speedway NZ’s ferry crossing partner for the 2014/15 season.

Their great rates and generous terms and conditions that are available for all members of the speedway community,

Passengers:   Adults $39.53      Child (0-17 years) $22.89

Cars, Utes & Vans

Kaitake $103

Arahura/Aratere $114.44

Motorbikes

Kaitake $22.89

Arahura/Aratere $36.50

Trailers up to 5.5m

Kaitake $132.13

Arahura/Aratere $143.57

Each extra metre or part thereof $40

Trucks, motorhomes etc per metre, including 1 passenger, meal & cabin

Kaitake $49.94

Arahura/Aratere $55.14

To book, visit their website or contact Tony directly on 021 726 711. 

 
Club Postal Address & Email Address

The Secretary
Wanganui Stockcar & Speedway Club Inc
PO Box 4214
WANGANUI 4541

or

5 Grey Street

WANGANUI 

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