Woodford Glen Powers On
By Tim Savell | Photos: Brian Hopping
The 2019/20 season is four meetings in at Ko-Ken Tools Woodford Glen Speedway, with huge crowds a feature of the October/November period. The start of the season usually involves dodging spring raindrops and rescheduling of feature events, but that hasn’t been the case this time around. Fireworks night on October 26 was untroubled by the weather and a good crowd assembled despite the rugby clash. Two weeks later was the first of two back-to-back events, giving drivers good opportunities to get track time before the hectic summer period.
Superstocks have had three meetings, with veteran Malcolm Ngatai 19c dominating proceedings. He won the opening night Trophy Challenge, had two wins on night two and then again on night three. 85c Tom Cooper has two other race wins, with Paul and Zac West and Harley Robb also featuring. The Glen Eagles were unable to attend the Huntly Teams Champs in late November, but hopefully that’s a blip and not the start of a trend.
Malcolm has also been having a good run in his Super Saloon, placing sixth on opening night and Fireworks night and then second in the 30 lapper on November 16. 86c Hayden McKay won the opening night trophy challenge, a great start to his new class for the former Modified star. 48c Gavin Hill took the flag on November 16, with only six cars making the finish, while 58c Richie Taylor won the 25 lapper on October 26.
Stockcars have had their first taste of teams racing for the year, with the Crushers winning both races against the Tasman Thunder on Nov 16 to retain the Mainland Teams Champs. Only one Nelsonian managed to finish in either race, with Alex Rondel, Colin Cameron, Troy Currie, Harley Robb and Eben Young doing the business.
In other Stockcar racing the likes of Brad Rosewarne and Braydon Lennon have also had success, while everyone is building toward the NZ Stockcars at Greymouth in January and the GP a week later at the Glen. Even some old hands have been spotted coming out of retirement such as 687c Hadleigh Smith and 317c Jay Holtham.
Modifieds have had a mix of experience and up and comers, with 4c Michael Gourley the one to beat. Others such as 82c Stephen Sinclair are beginning to appear regularly on the results sheets, with 24c Dan Rae winning the feature on night four.