Barry Plumpton wins Top Doorslammer at round 3 of the 2014/15 Meremere Dragway Track Championship
January 31, 2015
Seven competitors fronted for the Top Doorslammer bracket at the third round of the 2014/15 Meremere Dragway Track Championship. Wayne Yearbury drove the KC Tools 1953 Studebaker straight to the head of the qualifying list with a 6.523 at 228.11 mph, in the first qualifying session. Barry Plumpton, in the Focus Construction Group 2005 Monte Carlo was second with a 8.030.
The second session saw Mark Bardsley move into second position with a 6.635 at 216.90 in the Rislone 68 Camaro and Trevor Smith put the Earthmover 73 Stateman into third position with a PB of 6.900 at 210.83 mph.
|1||Wayne Yearbury||53 Studebaker||521 BAE||Papakura||6.523||228.11|
|2||Mark Bardsley||68 Camaro||526 BAE||Manukau||6.635||216.90|
|3||Trevor Smith||75 Statesman||511 TFX||Pukekohe||6.900||210.83|
|4||Nigel Dixon||68 Camaro||522 CI||Cambridge||7.924||139.27|
|5||Barry Plumpton||05 Monte Carlo||823 Chev||Massey||8.030||173.27|
|6||Russell Lowe||69 Camaro||509 Chev||Rotorua||8.180||186.74|
|7||Gary Benham||51 Holden Ute||509 Chev||Waitara||NTR|
The first round of eliminations saw Wayne Yearbury with the top qualifiers bye, but he dropped a valve during the burnout and his day was done. Mark Bardsley used a 6.697 at 197.22 defeat Gary Benham's 8.534 in his 51 Holden Ute. Barry Plumpton recorded a 7.523 to defeat Nigel Dixon's troubled 10 second pass. Russell Lowe used a 7.137, in The Toy Shed 69 Camaro, to defeat Trevor Smith's 7.456.
With Yearbury out and Bardsley stripping a sparkplug seat, the second round became the final. Barry Plumpton won the bracket in his 2005 Monte Carlo with a 12 second pass when Russell Lowe did not stage.
A number of drivers then came out for test runs. Trevor Smith improved upon his qualifying PB with a 6.774 at 207.46. Gary Benham also set a PB at 8.171 at 154.69. Both came out again only to set PB's again. A 6.729 at 213.30 for Trevor and a 8.090 at 162.67 for Gary. Cess Miller was also on hand to complete his licensing passes, which he did successfully.