First time back at Paradise Valley for a few years and gee the facility is looking mint. New tar seal for spectators around the track and other improvements in the pits as well. Second meeting in a row where rain affected which meant qualifying and finals in one day. I attended the recent NZ Superstocks at Meeanee and now 240’s. The late start 4.30 pm on the Sat was based on two factors: 1. The St Johns ambulance were unavailable until then. 2. As a result of the new start time, there were queues of vehicles waiting to get in, so racing was delayed. Debate about reverse grid and x 2 qualifying races only but given the time limit totally understandable. Is the one-day meeting with qualifying and finals the way forward for future meetings? Great to see packed terraces and catching up with Macgorians. I don't know what Stan does with the track but the way I saw it, it was getting better with every superstock race! Congrats to all podium placings, especially Whanganui. It was mentioned over the commentary, this is the first podium placings for a V car at the world 240’s? Maybe this is their year at the Palmy teams? The payback between Damian Orr and the James boys is an incredible feud played out on the track. I have often thought that it would only take one driver from the camp to go up to the other camp and shake hands and shout the next beer. So long as it says on the track and does not get personal to the extent where it hits the social media etc – all good. Thanks Rotorua and all the best for the rest of the season.
The weather yesterday was fine! The club made the call early on Fri afternoon to cancel Friday racing. That was really helpful. They also decided to make it a qual & finals Sat only as the weather forecast for Sunday was not great. Sat weather was drizzle in the morning finally lifting in the early afternoon so it wasn't a lot of time to bring the track up to scratch. Rodney Wood brought his blower machine over so he was busy clearing out moisture on the pole line. Track slicked up initially during qual but Stan kept pouring the water on and it settled. Did more track maintenance during the break ending up what I thought a good track. It's a bit of an art. Gosh I don't envy any of the track presenters - they do an amazing job.