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Ben Thomasen wins again – King of the 2014 Peter Howell Memorial

Ben Thomasen takes his Polaris RZR1000 to an emphatic victory in Maramarua Forest

Ben Thomasen takes his Polaris RZR1000 to an emphatic victory in Maramarua Forest

2014 Peter Howell Memorial – From racer and AORC President Ernie Hogg -

“Well the Peter Howell Memorial is done and dusted for another year. Congratulations to Ben Thomasen who had another outstanding drive, Mike Small and Shaun Russell for 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.

Ernie hogg in flight on lap 2 of the race

Ernie hogg in flight on lap 2 of the race

We started the day well when we qualified 2nd fastest with a good run and even better turn around the cone at the top of the qualifying sprint. Pole went to Richard Crabb and 3rd fastest was Ben Thomasen. There were 22 entries on the day.

Neil Howell blasts through the timing line during the sprint for pole

Neil Howell blasts through the timing line during the sprint for pole

Unfortunately we didn’t do so well in the race, crashing out in the 1st race on lap 3 of 7 sitting in 2nd place behind Ben Thomasen when we backed it into a corner and exited the track backwards down a bank. After several attempts at the impossible we decided to exit the car before it buggered off down the bank further so while we had some spectators put some weight on the front of the car, we climbed out of the buggy. It had been a long time since I’d watched the race from the side of the track, but fortunately it was reasonably warm. We were towed / winched out after the race was finished by Kevin Cooper and were able to drive our way back to the pits.

Shaun Russell has made the move from Challenger to Class 1 in the ex Robt. Ryan V8 racer. Shaun sprinted well and finished in 3rd overall

Shaun Russell has made the move from Challenger to Class 1 in the ex Robt. Ryan V8 racer. Shaun sprinted well and finished in 3rd overall

In the 2nd race we were making our way through the field from the back as the track got faster and faster when on lap 5 we lost a steering rod bolt on the hub end resulting in the steering rod being snapped off at the rack end which resulted in us clearing a path through some toitoi’s as the buggy decided to exit the track left. After levelling 30m of toitoi and gorse bushes we came to a rest, backed ourselves out of the toitoi’s, removed a sack full of toitoi’s and gorse from inside the cabin and drove rather drunken like to an area where we could pull over away from the traffic. A message was relayed back to the pits after the race and we were soon delivered a replacement steering arm which we fitted and once again we drove our way back to the pits.

Veteran racer, Richard Crabbe brought his experience to bear when he set the fastest sprint time in his class 1 racer and took Pole position for the race.

Veteran racer, Richard Crabbe brought his experience to bear when he set the fastest sprint time in his class 1 racer and took Pole position for the race.

Overall we were pretty happy with the day, in Race 1 it was a fine line between making it or not and we didn’t and in the Race 2, sometimes stuff breaks and there is not much you can do about it – that’s offroad racing!

U16 belongs to Joel Giddy. This is a brand new, off the shelf Polaris RZR1000 and it featured strongly throughout the race.

U16 belongs to Joel Giddy. This is a brand new, off the shelf Polaris RZR1000 and it featured strongly throughout the race.

We’d like to thank the organisers, volunteers, marshalls, lap scorers, registrars and scrutineers including the volunteers who helped with track setup on the Saturday for a great relaxed event especially Phil Cameron who was the Event Organiser and Clerk of the Course.

Also like to thank Graeme Sandford who climbed in the co-driver’s seat for the day and to Taine Carrington for helping in the pits and on the radio.”

2014 Peter Howell Memorial – ENDURO

Peter Howell Memorial header2014 Peter Howell Memorial – ENDURO – SUNDAY 17 AUGUST – MARAMARUA – DOUBLE MINI ENDURO

This year’s Peter Howell Memorial Double Enduro will consist of two 90KM (approximately) Enduro Races run in the Maramarua Forest run on a lap consisting 80% of gravel and 20% clay. 

Programme: Sunday 17th August

7.30am Gates Open – Signposted from Kopuku Road – Start / Finish / Pits at Forest HQ

8.00am to 9.00am Registration & Scrutineering

8.00am to 9.30am Qualifying Sprints for Race 1

9.45am Drivers Briefing

10.15am Race 1 Start

Race 2 Start is 1 hour after Race 1 finishes

Kiwi Truck Race held between race 1 and Race 2

Prizegiving on Completion of Race at the Race venue.

Entry Fee: The entry fee for the Peter Howell is $180.00. Kiwitruck entry fee is $25.00. Entries will be accepted on the day at $200.00 or $30.00 respectively.

Main Race Location: Signposted from Kopuku Road which is 3km past Maramarua Golf Course on SH 2. Start / Finish / Pits at Forest HQ.

Scrutineering: Please park as directed and register at AORC trailer taking your safety gear and your passenger safety gear for inspection. This gear includes race overalls, race helmet, neck brace, race boots and race gloves. Once you have registered and then had your safety gear inspected you are able to proceed to scrutineering. You must take scrutineering form to scrutineering. To streamline the qualifying sprints process, please proceed directly from scrutineering to queue for sprint (i.e. take or wear all your gear to scrutineering).

Qualifying Sprints: Once you have completed scrutineering please proceed to queue for the qualifying sprint. You will undergo a belt, neck brace and helmet check, and be briefed on the qualifying lap.

Fuelling: Fuelling must be completed in the pit area only. There is a designated fuel bay inside the entry to the pits monitored by the Fire Brigade.

Gate Entry: Competitors and crew towing a race car will be given free entry. Spectators (anyone not towing a race vehicle) will be charged $10 per car.

Food: BBQ Sausage Sizzle by Nicole & Shane Wilson with all proceeds going towards KidsCan Charity and food will include sausages, bacon & egg rolls, cold drinks etc

Race Car Pit Parking: On arrival please obey the signs and the parking marshal.

Driver Briefing: This will be held at 9.45am. All drivers must attend.

Grid Line Up:

Race 1 start is at 10.15am – the grid positions will be available at the conclusion of the drivers briefing.

Race 2 will commence 1 hour after Race 1 is completed – the grid positions will be determined by the finishing order of the first race.

Race Start: The green flag will drop at 11.00am. It is your responsibility to be on the grid and ready.

Kiwitruck Race: A Kiwitruck race will be held between Race 1 and Race 2 and will consist of a 30 minute enduro race held in the quarry.

Forest Check Out: Once your race vehicle and crew are back in the pits please head to Race Control to check out and collect your log book. This is for safety to ensure nobody is left in the forest.

Any queries please contact Ernie Hogg on 021 515 854 or Gregg Carrington Hogg on 0274 736 640

Click on this link to download your Entry Form:

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