A reformed Baypark Superstock team, with the slogan ‘the Busters are back’, backed it up on Saturday night with a win in the Palmerston North Superstock Teams Championship.
Reformed in 2013, the Busters went into the second night of the championship with the highest points scored, entering a semi-final race against the Hawke’s Bay Hawk Eyes team.
Tony Wootton tipping over Mike McLachlan during the brutal semi-final against the Hawk Eyes. Photo: Graham Hughes/SportsWeb Photography
With the Hawk Eyes side remaining unbeaten for the last season, including two encounters against the Baypark side, this time, it was the Busters turn to break the the winning streak in a brutal contest.
The turning point in the race came when Hawk Eyes hard-hitter Mike McLaughlin was rolled over by Tony Wootton half-way through the 12-lap race.
With the semi-final secured, the Busters still had to defeat the Wanganui Warriors in the final.
Busters runner David Elesworth generated a two-lap lead early in the race – and help from team mates Kerry Remnant Klyle Fraser and Ross Ashby, who kept the opposition at bay, enabling David to continue on and cross the finish line first to the delight of the 15,000-plus crowd.
Baypark Super Saloons also featured well in round five of the Burger King Pro Dirt series at Palmerston North, with 1NZm Mark Osborne winning the round and cementing his series lead.
A reformed Baypark Superstock team celebrates its win at the Palmerston North Superstock Teams Championship on Saturday. Graham Hughes/SportsWeb Photography