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  • Ross Taylor leading P & I Pascoe Top Doorslammer at the NZ Nationals: 16th Mar 2013

Ross Taylor top qualified with a 6.227 at 222.62 in his 57 Chev.

Eight competitors fronted for the P & I Pascoe Cartage Top Doorslammer bracket. The first qualifying session was lead out by Craig Brown in his 55 Chevy and Rod Benjes in the DB Racecars 92 Beretta. Craig was happy with a 6.948 at 196.6, while Rod recorded an 8.329. Next out was Mark Bardsley in the Peak 68 Camaro and Trevor Smith in the 75 Statesman. Mark recorded a 7.6 half pass and Trevor broke the output shaft in his transmission. Squig Miles, in his STA Parts 65 Falcon, had a small fire while recording a 7.845 at 133.61 mph and Russell Lowe broke the driveshaft in his 69 Camaro. Wayne Yearbury came out and recorded a 6.491 at an over the record 227.34 mph to move into the top spot in the Wayco 53 Studebaker.

Craig Brown was happy to lead the first session with his first 6, a 6.948 at 196.6.

The second session saw Bardsley improve with a 6.953 at 179.09. Ross Taylor came out for his first pass in his 57 Chev and jumped into the top position with a 6.227 at 222.62 mph. Craig Brown improved slightly with a 6.939 at 197.91 and Rod Benjes had a struggling 9.7 second pass.

Wayne Yearbury lost the first round, but was happy with an over the record 227.34 mph pass in qualifying, in the Wayco Studebaker.

The third session saw Craig Brown get dangerously close to the wall on a 7.298 pass. Squig Miles failed to record a time and Rod Benjes improved with a 7.684 at 176.77.

Mark Bardsley was the fourth driver in the sixes, with a 6.953 in the Peak Antifreeze Camaro.

1Ross Taylor57 Chev Sport Coup511 TFXPukekohe6.227222.62
2Wayne Yearbury53 Studebaker526 KBPapakura6.491227.34
3Craig Brown55 Chevrolet572 ChevWaiuku6.939197.91
4Mark Bardsley68 Camaro526 KBManukau6.953179.09
5Rod Benjes92 Chev Beretta532 CIWhitemans Valley7.684176.77
6Andrew 'Squig' Miles66 XP Falcon520 FordHunua7.845133.61
7Trevor Smith75 Statesman540 BBBeachlandsNTR 
8Russell Lowe69 Camaro509 ChevRotoruaNTR 

With rain threatening, the first round of eliminations was conducted on Saturday evening. Ross Taylor had the top qualifiers bye and recorded a 6.412 at 219.40. Rod Benjes scored an upset win with an improving 7.445 at 179.64 pass to beat Bardsley's broken gearshift 7.461 at 155.49 pass. Wayne Yearbury was to face Trevor Smith, who had had his transmission problem fixed in Auckland. Wayne shut down after his burnout when he heard a strange noise. It turned out to be a loose blower belt. Trevor advanced with a career best 7.071 at 193.16. The last pairing was between Craig Brown and Squig Miles. Squig recorded at 7.776 at 134.22, and it was enough to beat Craigs struggling 9.9 pass. That made Ross Taylor the only driver, from the top half of the field, to advance to the semi finals.

The semis will also be contested by Rod Benjes, Trevor Smith and Squig Miles.

Trevor Smith repaired a broken transmission to win his first round race.