Art & Entertainment | Book Reviews | Education | Entertainment Video | Health | Lifestyle | Sport | Sport Video | Search

 


Rocketman blasts to first V8 Ute win!

Rocketman blasts to first V8 Ute win!

Peter 'Rocketman' Robb lived up to his name with a superfast start in Race 3 that was the foundation for a dramatic win in the third race of the weekend for the UDC V8 Utes at the ITM 500 at Pukekohe Park. It was his first win in six seasons with the UDC V8 Utes - and what a race to win.

This one had it all. Twenty year old birthday boy Jack 'Fanta' Kofoed starting only his third V8 Ute race from pole in front of a monster crowd, with the wily Rocketman - arguably the hardest driver to pass in the UDC series - alongside on the grid. As the lights went out, Fanta fluffed his start and both Rocketman and Mike 'Buzz' Lightfoot pounced, surging into first and second into Turn 1 leaving Kofoed ahead of a very busy pack.

It got closer and c loser round the first lap until the Turn 5 section, where Kris 'Killa' Walton received a sizeable hit from team mate John 'JP' Penny that put him off and onto the grass sideways. As he recovered he was clouted by Glen 'Coyote' Collinson who was also a bit sideways after contact. Meanwhile, elsewhere in the pack, Geoff 'SOS' Spencer had outbraked himself and made contact with Peter 'Kaos' Ward. Amazingly, they all made it round over the Mountain and surged through to start the second lap.

Robb opted for stout defence and it was enough to repel two or three passing attempts by Lightfoot, but the man to watch was young Kofoed, who looked very racy and within a lap or two had made up all of the time lost at the start. He had a couple of looks at Buzz and then made a classic move down the inside at the hairpin to take second. Robb had edged away in the meantime, edging out a couple of car lengths.

Behind the leaders, Sam 'Bazza' Barry was lucky to avoid a huge crash at the Mountain after contact with Peter 'Kaos' Ward sent him sideways and off. The youngster kept the Bel Group Falcon pointing in the right direction but did make heavy enough contact with the wall to dislodge the front guard. A couple of laps later he was called into the pits with bodywork flailing.

A great climax to the race - and a possible win for Kofoed - was spoiled when the race was unexpectedly cut short, but nobody could begrudge Rocketman the win, and his first one at that. He led seven of eight laps at the ITM 400 Hamilton race a few years ago before a timing chain failed, so winning at Pukekohe in front of a crowd of 25,000 or so was a suitable payback.

Kofoed was a delighted - if frustrated second. "One more lap - just one more lap" was all the youngster could say afterwards.

Mike Lightfoot held on for third, and Kris Walton drove well to recover to fifth, which became fourth when team mate John penny was given a post-race 50 second penalty for some barging on the first lap. Geoff ‘SOS’ Spencer took fifth despite some frontal damage, while Jeremy ‘Lost It’ Gray took his best result of the weekend to date with sixth. Brett ‘The Scud’ Rudd took seventh, keeping himself in the mix for a Round podium finish, while Glen ‘Coyote’ Collinson nursed his Coyote home in eighth. Dirty Dave Kernohan finished ninth in his Kernohan heavy Haulage Falcon, while Peter ‘Kaos’ Ward lost the clutch master cylinder push rod – a $10 part – and could only manage tenth. The penalised Penny and wounded Barry rounded out the finishers.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Culture Headlines | Health Headlines | Education Headlines

 

NZ on Air: More Funding For TV Captions To Increase Access

More funding for TV captions to increase access NZ On Air has increased funding to provide more captions and audio description on television programmes for the hearing and sight impaired. More>>

Music: So Laid Back Country China Album Release

On Friday night, So Laid Back Country China held a gig at Meow for the release of their new album With Knees of Honey in Goodbye Canyon. I briefly spoke with Harriet lead vocals, keyboard) and Michael (lead vocals, guitar) before the gig More>>

Art: Wellington Region Celebrates Matariki

Eight Wellington museums and galleries have joined forces to present a major programme of exhibitions and events to celebrate Matariki 2015, the Māori New Year. The Wellington Matariki Festival will host more than 60 free events and activities between Saturday ... More>>

Wellington: TEDxWellingtonWomen Speakers Unveiled

The lineup is announced today for the highly anticipated upcoming event TEDxWellingtonWomen. Speakers include local women and men who have lived extraordinary lives and have ideas worth spreading. More>>

Culture: RNZB Showcases NZ Artists With Two World Premieres

The Royal New Zealand Ballet’s mixed bill Salute - Remembering WW1 which opens on 22 May will showcase the talents of New Zealand artists working at the top of their field. More>>


Books: Witi Ihimaera To Address ‘State Of NZ Literature’at Festival

6 May 2015 MEDIA RELEASE Witi Ihimaera to Address ‘State of NZ Literature’ at Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival The New Zealand Book Council has chosen the 2015 Dunedin Writers and Readers Festival as the stage for its annual address, which ... More>>

Culture: Historic Māori Portraits Travel To The Czech Republic

Image credit: Gottfried Lindauer, Wahanui Reihana Te Huatare, oil on canvas, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, gift of Mr H E Partridge, 1915 More>>

Art: Something Felt, Something Shared - Enjoy

Gabrielle Amodeo, Ruby Joy Eade, Clare McLean, Kalya Ward Curated by Emma Ng May 7 – 30, 2015 Opening: Wednesday May 6, 5.30pm Strange frequencies are channelled through personal narratives and poetic placeholders in Something felt, something ... More>>

Culture: Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015

Pukeahu Park ANZAC Day Commemoration 2015 Images from New Zealand Defence Force Click for big version A bugler plays The Last Post Click for big version A View from the top of the Carillion Click for big version Faces old and young Click for big ... More>>

Television: MediaWorks Announces Dancing With The Stars Hosts

MediaWorks and BBC Worldwide ANZ are delighted to announce host Dominic Bowden alongside co-host Sharyn Casey for the hit series Dancing with the Stars. More>>

Get More From Scoop

 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
Culture
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news