2008 - 2009
New Zealand Super Saloon Championship
Qualifying Night
Central Motor Speedway
Cromwell
9 January 2009
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The Cromwell track's been a bit of a bogey for Paddy but on the night that really counted, everything went right. The car set up was spot on for the opening race and on a track that held together remarkably well over the entire night, a hard charging Paddy qualified top of Red Group; a group that included Shane McIntyre, Brent Emerson and Martin Halcrow. I don't recall ever seeing a better drive from Paddy.

In Heat 1 starting off grid 4 four on a greasy track Paddy was quickly into second behind Brent Emerson and followed Emerson to the finish for a second and 11 points.

In Heat 2, starting near the back of the field, on a track that was rough, but beginning to give good drive, Paddy passed a couple of cars and finished sixth for 7 points and 18 points in total.

In Heat 3, starting from mid field, on a track giving great drive, those prepared to go high and trust the rough surface passed cars, exactly what Paddy did. Paddy made up five places to finish in third behind Martin Halcrow and Shane McIntyre. Sitting on 28 points, a finish in Heat 4 should see Paddy through to the finals, but in his final heat, Paddy didn't just want to finish.

Starting from grid four, Paddy muscled his way forward, slipping under Mike Verdoner mid race to run to the finish for first place and top qualifier in Red Group.

   Dave Clarke
   blackout.co.nz
RED GROUP - HEAT ONE
POS NO DRIVER
1 7M Brent Emerson
2 46E PADDY NORTH
3 33N Neville Wood
4 4W Martin Halcrow
5 95I Owen Dixon
6 26M Shane McIntyre
7 27C Trevor Elliot
8 35N Mark Carey
9 11T Tony Edmonds
10 8N Basil Jones
11 881C Bruce Boulton
DNF 25I Mike Verdoner
RED GROUP - HEAT TWO
POS NO DRIVER
1 26M Shane McIntyre
2 27C Trevor Elliot
3 4W Martin Halcrow
4 11T Tony Edmonds
5 7M Brent Emerson
6 46E PADDY NORTH
7 25I Mike Verdoner
8 35N Mark Carey
9 33N Neville Wood
10 881C Bruce Boulton
11 95I Owen Dixon
DNF 8N Basil Jones
RED GROUP - HEAT THREE
POS NO DRIVER
1 4W Martin Halcrow
2 26M Shane McIntyre
3 46E PADDY NORTH
4 11T Tony Edmonds
5 33N Neville Wood
6 35N Mark Carey
7 881C Bruce Boulton
8 27C Trevor Elliot
DNF 95I Owen Dixon
DNF 25I Mike Verdoner
DNF 7M Brent Emerson
DNS 8N Basil Jones
RED GROUP - HEAT FOUR
POS NO DRIVER
1 46E PADDY NORTH
2 25I Mike Verdoner
3 881C Bruce Boulton
4 27C Trevor Elliot
5 4W Martin Halcrow
6 33N Neville Wood
7 11T Tony Edmonds
8 35N Mark Carey
9 26M Shane McIntyre
DNS 8N Basil Jones
DNS 7M Brent Emerson
DNS 95I Owen Dixon
BLUE GROUP - HEAT ONE
POS NO DRIVER
1 81M Dean Waddell
2 12N Shane Carey
3 25C Adam Gent
4 21H Steve Williams
5 77T Greig Johnston
6 2NZ Josh Boulton
7 96A Lance Jennings
8 6C Dennis Bolt
9 9W Mark Pitcher
10 64I Barry Redpath
11 54I Norm Butler
12 7A Mike Slater
BLUE GROUP - HEAT TWO
POS NO DRIVER
1 81M Dean Waddell
2 96A Lance Jennings
3 2NZ Josh Boulton
4 6C Dennis Bolt
5 9W Mark Pitcher
6 64I Barry Redpath
7 12N Shane Carey
8 25C Adam Gent
9 7A Mike Slater
10 77T Greig Johnston
DNF 21H Steve Williams
DNF 54I Norm Butler
BLUE GROUP - HEAT THREE
POS NO DRIVER
1 2NZ Josh Boulton
2 6C Dennis Bolt
3 96A Lance Jennings
4 81M Dean Waddell
5 12N Shane Carey
6 9W Mark Pitcher
7 64I Barry Redpath
8 25C Adam Gent
9 77T Greig Johnston
10 7A Mike Slater
11 54I Norm Butler
DNS 21H Steve Williams
BLUE GROUP - HEAT FOUR
POS NO DRIVER
1 2NZ Josh Boulton
2 96A Lance Jennings
3 9W Mark Pitcher
4 6C Dennis Bolt
5 77T Greig Johnston
6 7A Mike Slater
7 12N Shane Carey
DNF 54I Norm Butler
DNF 64I Barry Redpath
DNF 81M Dean Waddell
DNS 25C Adam Gent
DNS 21H Steve Williams
GOLD GROUP - HEAT ONE
POS NO DRIVER
1 58C Richie Taylor
2 34T Ray Stewart
3 38A Peter Hemi
4 21N Ian Burson
5 91T Andy Erskine
6 8H Craig Cardwell
7 64C Dave Walsh
8 31H Kevin Salle
9 71N Ron Taylor
10 3NZ Greg Keegan
11 32C Martin Harcourt
DNF 35G Darren McKinnley
GOLD GROUP - HEAT TWO
POS NO DRIVER
1 3NZ Greg Keegan
2 91T Andy Erskine
3 34T Ray Stewart
4 21N Ian Burson
5 71N Ron Taylor
6 8H Craig Cardwell
7 64C Dave Walsh
8 31H Kevin Salle
9 32C Martin Harcourt
DNF 58C Richie Taylor
DNF 38A Peter Hemi
DNF 35G Darren McKinnley
GOLD GROUP - HEAT THREE
POS NO DRIVER
1 21N Ian Burson
2 34T Ray Stewart
3 91T Andy Erskine
4 71N Ron Taylor
5 58C Richie Taylor
6 64C Dave Walsh
7 32C Martin Harcourt
DNF 8H Craig Cardwell
DNF 31H Kevin Salle
DNF 3NZ Greg Keegan
DNS 38A Peter Hemi
DNS 35G Darren McKinnley
GOLD GROUP - HEAT FOUR
POS NO DRIVER
1 34T Ray Stewart
2 91T Andy Erskine
3 64C Dave Walsh
4 58C Richie Taylor
5 3NZ Greg Keegan
6 71N Ron Taylor
7 32C Martin Harcourt
8 21N Ian Burson
9 31H Kevin Salle
DNF 8H Craig Cardwell
DNS 38A Peter Hemi
DNS 35G Darren McKinnley
CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL QUALIFIERS
2NZ Josh Boulton
3NZ Greg Keegan
4W Martin Halcrow
6C Dennis Bolt
9W Mark Pitcher
11T Tony Edmonds
12N Shane Carey
21N Ian Burson
26M Shane McIntyre
27C Trevor Elliot
33N Neville Wood
34T Ray Stewart
46E Paddy North
58C Richie Taylor
64C Dave Walsh
81M Dean Waddell
91T Andy Erskine
96A Lance Jennings
7M Brent Emerson (winner of repechage 1)
8H Craig Cardwell (winner of repechage 2)
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