We've mentioned befor e that we are petrolheads from way back, and we make an annual pilgrimage in early February each year to the Superstock Teams Champs. Stockcars are slightly less powerful than their Superstock cousins, but that didn't stop them providing a night of non-stop action for a big crowd at Arena Manawatu.
And Wellington driver Paul Gaskin provided the highlight of the night, as he tried to drive his way around Blenhein's Ricco Gray; check this out:
It's a testament to Speedway New Zealand's strict safety rules that the safety fence did its job, and that Gaskin emerged from his car uninjured. He even had the presence of mind to shut off the fuel and ignition as he became airborne, knowing that at some point he'd be coming back to earth!
The action continues today from 7pm when Palmerston North will battle with Hawkes Bay and Wanganui will take on Eastern States (Blenheim) in the semi-finals. It'll be no-holds-barred action as the teams chase a place in the finals later tonight. As well as the title, the winning team wins the right to host next year's event, so whilst we have other commitments today and tonight, we'll be hoping that the mighty Wanganui Vulcans can do the business, and bring next year's event to a true stockcar track; Oceanview Speedway!
UPDATED: We've just seen this angle of the same incident, and it's too good not to post: