SSCAR Super Saloon Series
2008 - 2009 SERIES PRESENTATIONS
Series Third Place
The Terraces Hotel in Taupo was the May venue for the Weldwell SSCAR (Super Saloon Car Association Racing) dinner and awards night.
Long time racer and Flamecrusher owner Bernie Gillon gave a very interesting talk on racer safety and his racing career. Presentations were made to series winner, Tauranga's 1nz Shane McIntyre, 2nd placed Grant Flynn from the Hawkes Bay and Blenheim's 3rd placed Paddy North. Other awards including Weldwell welders were presented by Weldwell rep Mark Hayman to Wellington's Paul Hodson (most sporting driver); Hawkes Bay's Grahame Strong (most consistent driver) with best presented team going to Bay Park contracted Ben Harding. Former 1NZ Brent Emerson took home the hard luck award. "Weldwell were very proud to have been a part of the series" said Hayman "we're very happy with the exposure and feedback we've had from sponsoring the series and would love to be involved again next season"
SSCAR Series organisers and long time speedway campaigners Murray Pierce and Peter Hemi were very pleased with the running of the series and the quality of the racing, noting the spectator approval of the format especially the top 6 shootout held at each round. Rainouts at both Stratford and Palmerston North were the only disappointments. Earlier in the day a meeting was held with competitors to review and plan ahead for next season. "We're making huge steps forward to achieving our goals of providing a professional and top class show with some of the country's best cars on the track" Pierce explained, "and Grant Flynn has come on board the organising committee to give a helping hand and were looking to appoint our own SSCAR promoter to help promote the series".
Pierce and Hemi along with Grant Flynn are now focusing their attention on next season's series, confirming tracks and competitor numbers. We have some exciting developments in the pipeline all aimed at increasing exposure and quality of Super Saloon racing in New Zealand.
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