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Giants runners-up in Huntly

THE Gisborne Giants superstock team finished runners-up in the Huntly Invitational superstock teams event on Saturday night.

They started their night with a good win against the Rotorua Rascals, then scored an emphatic victory over the Stratford Scrappers in their semifinal to make the final against the Kihikihi Kings.

But Kihikihi won the final.

Racing in the Giants team were Peter Rees (10G), Ethan Rees (127G), Josh Prentice (5G), Jamie Hamilton (9G) and Tim Ross (44G).

Peter Rees said he had mechanical issues with his car early in the final, and Ethan was taken out later on and his car was damaged.

“That reduced our chances considerably,” he said.

The Giants were dominating after four or five laps, but after Ethan Rees's car was damaged, Kihikihi ran out clear winners.

“It was a good building exercise for the team ahead of the national teams championships in Palmerston North in February,” Peter Rees said.

The Giants won the Huntly event last year.

“They did a valiant job on Saturday night,” one Gisborne fan said.

“Gisborne Speedway Club's very proud of them.”

GIANTS SECOND: The Gisborne Giants battled hard at the Huntly Invitational superstock teams event at the weekend, but had to settle for second place behind the Kihikihi Kings, led by 1NZ Asher Rees, seen here racing against his father Peter Rees (10G) in Gisborne. Picture by Eddie Brain