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Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 11
of the New Zealand Herald
Revving engines will be the only
thing heard south of Auckland this
weekend, as one of motorsport's
most anticipated events comes to
e V8 Supercars ITM 500
Auckland kicks o today at the
Pukekohe Park Raceway, where New
Zealand and Australian drivers go
head-to-head to mark Anzac Day.
is is the fourth stop on the 2014
Supercars Championship calendar,
after events in Adelaide, Tasmania
Today will be fairly quiet, with a
track walk this morning, test runs
and qualifying runs throughout the
e real action will start late
tomorrow morning, after a dawn
ser vice and parade at the Pukekohe
War Memorial, where members of
the V8 Supercars fraternity and fans
Among the big names at this
weekend's event will be Australian
driver Jason Bargwanna.
Bargwanna said he was looking
forward to performing well and was
particularly excited to be driving
at the "old school" Pukekohe track.
"I love circuits with a bit of
character and it's one of the old
school style of circuits," he said.
"It's very exciting, it's a drivers'
track. It separates the men from the
An o cial welcome --- including
a powhiri and public appearance by
a number of drivers --- was held in
downtown Auckland yesterday.
Drivers Shane van Gisbergen, Will
Davison, Scott McLaughlin and
Mark Winterbottom were among
those interacting with fans in Aotea
A fundraising event, hosted by New
Zealander legend Greg Murphy, was
held last night at the Pukekohe and
Districts RSA, the o cial charity.
Today from 4pm there will be a
carnival on Pukekohe's King St.
Tara Mulvany, the rst woman to
circumnavigate New Zealand by kayak, visited
the West Coast last week.
e 25-year-old was here to catch up with
Coast Road kayaking guru Paul Ca yn, who
holds the mantle as being the rst man to have
completed the challenge.
Mulvany had just completed the North Island
leg of her kayaking ordeal, having paddled
the South Island in the winter of 2012 and
negotiated Stewart Island in November 2013.
"It was to be a challenge for me and was
something I wanted to achieve, and now I have
done what I set out to do," she said.
Mulvany set o from Anakiwa in her 5m
kayak and crossed Cook Strait in what was to be
the rst day of a three-month and three-week
"I was on my own and headed up the North
Island's west coast. I normally paddle by day and
rest at night, but am out on the water for around
14 hours each day, which covers about 80km."
e athletic Mulvany is motivated by a strong
will and self-belief but said she was relaxed and
comfortable with the challenge.
"I will bring a book out in September and at
the moment have not got a title but I'm sure
readers will nd it interesting.
"I was basically stalked by a school of
hammerhead sharks at one stage, a large mako
shark leaped completely out of the water near my
kayak another time.
"Even though I rolled numerous times out
at sea in huge 5m swells, the only time I was
thrown out of my kayak was o the West Coast
--- it was along the Hokitika Trench and I had to
hold on to my kayak to get to shore ... it was an
Tara Mulvany paddles around Cape Reinga, in February.
First woman to circumnavigate
New Zealand visits Coast
e Greymouth Harriers will take on
the Point Elizabeth Track for their run
e runners and walkers will be back in
action on Saturday after taking a break
over the long Easter Weekend.
All are welcome to join in and those
interested should meet at the Anzac Park
clubrooms at 1.30pm or at the start of the
track on the Cobden side for a 2pm start
Club co-president Murray Hay said they
expected there to be some damage on
the track from the storm last week so he
urged those taking part to proceed with
Hay said the run would be a great way
to kickstart training for the Taylorville to
Grey race in three weeks' time.
ere would be no excuses either as the
weather forecast looked ne and sunny.
But even if there were a few showers, the
track was largely sheltered in among the
trees, he said.
Greenstone Park Speedway has attracted
the largest field of racecars in its history for
this years King of the Coast. While big fields
always arrive in the stockcar, ministock, and
streetstock classes this years features a
massive 22 car supetstock class.
"Its been a funny speedway season with
the weather, but we have really generated
some momentum at the end of this season"
said club president Robbie Brown "Our new
track surface is fast, and this years King of
the Coast is going to be bigger than ever!".
Superstocks are the bigger horsepower
full contact big brothers of the stockcar
class. Defending champion and former New
Zealand champion Malcom Ngatai returns
this weekend and is excited by the large field
"Superstocks are big horsepower, full
contact racecars, that always light the crowd
up", enthused Ngatai, "we had a great win at
Hamilton at Speedfest last weekend, so we
think we are in for a shot if the Nelson boys
don't play too rough!".
Nelson have seven Superstocks travelling
down, led by sponsor Craig Bootes Westfleet
Fishing Chev powered car. One to watch
will be Blair Cunninghams fearsome Toyota
V8 powered tank which has been on the
pace this year, and is also one who decides
which car will win the racing. Local Cleve
Kokshoorn has had a smaller run this year,
but had recent success in Christchurch with
a fastest lap time and 2nd place in one heat.
Of interest will be a Superstock running a 350
Chev trial motor campaigned by experianced
driver Dennis Andreassand, which is
designed to give a cheaper motor option for
this expensive class. Leech Motorsport car
owner Glen Leech is enthusiastic about the
new engine option
"The 350 Chev is a great entry level motor
costing only $5000 brand new, and is specially
designed for speedway", said Leech "With
some top motors costing $80,000 this is a
great way to get competive cars on the track
Modifieds return with 9 cars replicating the
130 Race Cars
Crash into the
great field at the South Island championship,
and will relish returning to the new track. Led
by new South Island champion Nigel Nevin,
this class will again be pushing the lap records
on the 'drivey' new track surface provided by
track preparation meastro Robbie Brown.
Likewise the non-contact classes of
Production Saloons and Ministocks are
looking full, with defending champions in
both returning and facing stiff challenges.
Glen Redmond will remain the favourite
desptie little lap time this year, while new to
Production Saloons Tyler and Wayne Stanton
would have to present the best local chances
in tight fields after impressive performances
The TQ class is building for the New
Zealand TQ title next year, and has a full field
of 20 rapid racecars. Atama Holland has
quickly risen to the front of this class locally,
while James Thompson has been unusually
plagued by mechanical gremlins. The top
performer in this class has been 3NZ Jeremy
Webb who will again be looking to take this
title in prepartion for next year. With open
wheels and high speeds the TQ class will
present real risk of action.
The Stockcar and Streetstock classes
are both full with 26 cars. The Streetstock
class is missing its star local Regan Anisy
in his Toyta V8, however John O'Callaghan,
Reece Atkinson and Pete Arensen will give
their all against the strong Christchurch
The Greymouth Stockcar class managed
to keep the title local last year, and with all
the successful Greymouth Grizzlies Stockcar
team represented will be looking to repeat
this feat. In what looks to be shaping as a
teams event, equal numbers of Christchuch,
Blenheim and Nelson cars will be determined
to wrest this title off them in what should be
three brutal Stockcar races which represents
the final act of the season.
Gates open at 10am with racing starting at
12pm. Adults are $15 to enter, with children
$5, and a family of six costing $35.
$5 Kids $15 Adults $35 Family (2x Adults, 4x Kids)
Gates open at 10am, Racing starts at 12pm
Limited Trackside Parking Available -- Rainout Date Sunday 27th April
SATURDAY 26th APRIL
2013 Superstock Winner - Malcom Ngatai
2013 Modified Winner - Mike Gourley
2013 Streetstock Winner - Kirk Aldridge
2013 Stockcar Winner - Cleve Kokshoorn
2013 Production Saloon Winner - Hogan Jeffs
2013 TQ Winner - James Thompson
2013 Ministock Winner - Glen Redmond
New Zealand equestrian Jock Paget
has had his Burghley Horse Trials win
disquali ed by the FEI Tribunal.
Paget's win has been taken o him as
the result of his speci c request with
the support of Equestrian Sports New
Zealand as he waits for his hearing
into the positive doping test of his
horse Clifton Promise at the event last
He does not contest the presence of
the banned substance in Clifton Promise,
but denies he or anyone else knew of it
being in his horse before the sample was
taken at Burghley.
However, he accepts a rule violation has
occurred and has asked for the tribunal
to take the unusual step of ruling on his
disquali cation instead of waiting for next
It e ectively clears the way for
compatriot Andrew Nicholson to have a
chance of winning the grand slam.
With Paget's disquali cation, Nicholson
is now handed the 2013 Burghley title on
--- Newstalk ZB
PICTURE: New Zealand Herald
Driver Shane van Gisbergen proves he can change a tyre on his Holden at
Auckland's Aotea Square yesterday.
sur ng champion Kelly
Slater and Australian
superstar Joel Parkinson
have both been eliminated
in the quarter- nals of
the men's Rip Curl Pro at
Slater was cut down by
exciting young Hawaiian
John John Florence 13.13
points to 11.10.
Parkinson, the 2012
world champion, su ered
a disappointing loss, going
down 17.53 to 15.34 to
fellow Australian Julian
champion Mick Fanning
also looked set to depart
the competition in the
quarters, only to catch a
big wave in the last 30
seconds and win another
all-Australian clash with
Owen Wright 13.16 to
Australian Taj Burrow
beat defending Bells
champion Adriano de
Souza in the rst quarter-
nal and will take on
Florence in the semis.
e other semi pits
Fanning against Wilson.
deteriorating in the Bells
bowl yesterday afternoon,
organisers made the
decision to move the
semi- nals and nal to
Paget disqualified from Burghley win
for V8s roar
bow out in semis
Point Elizabeth track hurdle for Greymouth harriers
Michael Phelps has
withdrawn from one
of the three events he
planned to compete in at
return to competitive
Phelps had entered
the heats for the 50m
freestyle, 100m freestyle
and 100m butter y at the
three-day US Grand Prix
meet in Mesa, Arizona,
e 28-year-old, who
had retired after the
2012 London Olympics
only to announce his
comeback last week,
told a news conference
yesterday that he was
cutting back to two
"I'm scratching from the
100 freestyle," he said.
Phelps evaded questions
about his long-term goals,
but did not rule out the
possibility of competing
at the 2016 Olympics in
Rio de Janeiro.
Phelps already has a
record 18 Olympic gold
medals and even below
his best, he would be a
strong contender to add
to his tally just on the
strength of the US relay
He has swum in each of
the three relay events at
the past three Olympics,
collecting seven golds
from the team races.
Phelps ditches one event
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