Eventful Bay51 ends with a Back2Back win.

New Zealand champion Hayden Williams made it back-to-back wins in Baypark Speedway’s annual big money Midget Car race on Saturday night.

Williams secured a $6000 victory in the Bay 51, the new name for the race he won last year when it was established as a 50-lapper.

Winners of the Bay51 – Photo by James Selwyn

However, a power outage at the stadium that slowed the meeting, and a series of crashes meant the main event didn’t run its scheduled 51-lap distance.

Williams received the chequered flag with 19 laps still to be completed and team-mate Hayden Guptill finished second ahead of Brock Maskovich.

The race looked set to be a duel between fastest qualifier Williams and nine-time NZ champ Michael Pickens, who earned pole position by the winning the A-Dash preliminary.

Pickens led the opening six laps but pulled to the infield with a severe vibration that turned out to be broken universal joint.

Williams was never headed through a series of cautions and was flagged the winner after Kaleb Currie, running in a strong third place, flipped in Turn 1.

“It’s great to go back-to-back,” said Williams.

“Our car was really good, and it would have been fun to battle with Michael. But I’ve had my share of bad luck over the years as well,” said Williams.

“We changed a lot of stuff on the car in the two weeks since our last race and it paid off. I found a good line mid-track in turns one and two and kept the car straight to run the bottom through turns three and four,” said Williams.

The meeting also produced a second highlight for Williams when he pipped Pickens by 0.017secs for fastest time in qualifying.

“Qualifying hasn’t been my strength and it was great to set the first quick time of my career,” Williams said.

Sprintcars at full send around the Bay – photo by Pitbull Photography

Hayden Guptill made the big moves in the race. Judged to have been a fault in an early incident, he was forced to re-start from the back of the 24-car pack and charged through to second place and deliver a 1-2 result for the BSL Racing squad. Maskovich, Ryan Baker and Aaron Hodgson completed the top-five.

The Sprint Car feature provided an exciting finish with Hamilton’s Dean Brindle chasing Auckland-based US racer Jonathan Allard in the closing laps before finding a way past as the leaders encountered lapped traffic on the final lap.

Wellington racer Stephen Taylor made a strong impression on his first night at the wheel of a car fielded by Tauranga’s JC Motorsport. Taylor won the second heat and raced to third in the 20-lap feature.

Super Saloons at full send around the Bay – photo by Pitbull Photography

While Chris Cowling opened up a comfortable lead in the Super Saloon feature race the battle for the other places was fierce. Steve Cowling, Sam Waddell and Craig Cardwell all took turns in second spot with Cardwell eventually pipping Dan Corrin by just 0.04secs.