Wairarapa News : January 25th 2012
35 WAIRARAPA NEWS, JANUARY 25, 2012 SPORT Contact us today on 06 370 0060 Genesis Energy Recreation Centre, Dixon Street North, Masterton For more info log on to www.swimmagic.co.nz RECREATION CENTRE swim school Book now for your Term one swimming lessons. Don't miss out!! Pop into the office or give us a call to make a booking today. 4121723AF All welcome Saturday 28th January 2012 9.00 AM onwards at the Whareama Domain *HORSE SPORTS* *DOG TRIALS* *NOVELTY EVENTS* *REFRESHMENTS* THE LANGDALE SPORTS CLUB BRINGS YOU A FUN FAMILY DAY OUT For programmes contact Meg Perry firstname.lastname@example.org or tel: 06 3723817 Advert sponsored by: Garfield Trust 4316278AA Trusthouse Open Fours results The Trusthouse Centre Open Fours events for men and women were played during the weekend with qualifying games on Saturday and Post Section play for qualifiers on Sunday. The men s final was not completed due to heavy rain and will now be played at the Masterton Club on Thursday, February 2 at 5.30pm. The women s event was com- pleted with the Lansdowne team skipped by Jean Paku with Sue Sherwood, Val Whitley and Flo Watkins winning 19 to 12 over Featherston, skipped by Rose Clements, with Jean Monk, Ter- esa Hogg and Tina Hogg. This win gave Watkins her fifth cen- tre title, earning her a gold star. Whibley wins Raglan Rocx Axeman: Pahiatua's Paul 'The Axeman' Whibley (Yamaha), who won the four- hour Raglan Rocx race at the weekend. By ANDY McGECHAN Riding solo in a four-hour endur- ance race is a challenge that can sap both energy and spirit and is not to be undertaken lightly. The annual Raglan Rocx is cer- tainly no normal off-road motor- cycle race, but Pahiatua s Paul Whibley (Yamaha) is no normal man. I had done four-hour races before, but this was the first time I ve had a crack at The Raglan Rocx in the ironman class. It would be a good measure of how the pre-season training is progressing, said the 33-year-old Whibley, who finished No 2 on the United States cross-country scene last season. KC Entertainment put up $500 for the rider who won the hole- shot, probably the biggest pay out ever for a holeshot in New Zea- land cross-country racing history. I m not sure if it was the hole- shot money or if it was an off weekend for the country s top motocross riders, but quite a few of them turned up to race, namely Bay of Plenty riders Ben Townley (the former MX2 world champion) and Cody Cooper (the national MX1 motocross and supercross champion) and visiting British MX1 rider Jake Nicholls. Because I was a little late to the line, it meant a far outside gatepick. . .notidealbutIwas still confident of a reasonable start, said Whibley. I was expecting some carnage in the first turn, with some guys having dollar signs in their eyes, but the time I had spent during the week practising the New Zealand style of dead-engine starting paid off, with the Yamaha YZ450F firing quickly and launching towards turn one, earning me the holeshot money and the immediate race lead. Yamaha was well represented in the ironman class, with Mokau s Adrian Smith and Taupo s Rory Mead both looking to take advantage of the conditioning benefits to be derived from four hours in the saddle, and it was Mead who put Whibley under the most pressure. Rory Mead had been chasing me for the first half of the event and a little tip over in a rut resulted in a busted peak on my helmet and the lead falling into Rory s hands. I struggled with the peak, having to slow to remove it as the high-speed nature of the track resulted in the peak sticking straight up and the wind trying to tear my head off. Once I had reverted to bullet-man style, I was back up to speed. I reeled Rory in and retook the lead with an hour to go. Mead then struck problems, crashing off the track and out of the race. I clipped something on the side of the track and lost my rear brakes, explained Mead, the national enduro champion on a Yamaha YZ450F identical to Whibley s. I was about 15 seconds behind Paul (Whibley) when I crashed, said Mead, who now concentrates on preparing to defend his national enduro title with the New Zealand Enduro Champion- ships set to kick off at Oparau, near Kawhia, on February 4. With Mead out, it was eventu- ally a cruise to the finish for Whibley, the Kiwi international finishing nearly three minutes ahead of Townley and his co-rider from Otorohanga, Jaden Gray. Rain dampens jetsprint Lead: The sun before the rain storm gave Whanganui's Leighton and Kellie Minnell a chance to set what became the fastest time of the day in Sunday's fourth round of the Jetpro Jetsprint Championship held near Featherston that was later rained out. Photo: IAN THORNTON The third round of the 2012 Jet- pro Jetsprint championship held near Featherston finished early on Sunday as fine, clear weather turned into torrential rain dur- ing the elimination heats, leav- ing the round winners deter- mined on countback to the top- 12 cutoff. The precursor to the two- round World Series starting mid-February, the Tauherinikau race course aqua track became the second event on the six- round calendar to be affected by rain this season. While a few showers and a southerly change were forecast for the region, the downpour left organisers with no option but truncate the day while they were contesting the top-eight elimination. Travelling at speeds exceeding 100kmh on the short watercourse, navi- gation was but one of the issues facing drivers as the rain droplets became mini missiles. Completing the four qualify- ing rounds earlier in the day gave teams a fair chance to learn the course with the category winners being Brett Thompson in the Jetpro Lites, Sam Newdick in the Whitepointer Boats Group A and Leighton Minnell in the Suzuki Superboats. Whanganui-based Leighton and Kellie Minnell struggled in early qualifying, trying to mas- ter the course navigation before setting the top time of 44.25 seconds. We got it right in the end -- when it counted, Minnell said. I was struggling to get the rotation right. We broke an intercom wire after the first qualifying and I couldn t hear Kellie s instructions. So it just goes to show how much I rely on the navigator. I went in to one qualifier placed ninth, so I was having a nightmare time. Then we posted the 44-second time [when] I expected a 45 to 46-second time would have taken the day. So I was rapt to get it right and get the time, because up until then I was chasing Phonsy Mullan, the Australian with his twin-turbo charged powered boat. He d done a 45.6, Rob Coley had a 47 flat so I had to pull one out to get away from a pear-shaped finish. Second fastest was Australian Phonsy Mullan, although not contesting the New Zealand series, the position was awarded to Whanganui s Rob Coley and navigator Reece Townsend. Lower Hutt s Ray Ferguson fin- ished third. World Series begins at the Featherston track on February 11. Spread over both the Saturday and Sunday, the series then moves to Whanganui the following weekend for the title decider. The fourth round of the 2012 Jetpro Jetsprint champion- ship will be contested at the Crownthorpe location near Hastings in the Hawke s Bay on March 4.
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