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NINE TRACK CHAMPIONS CROWNED AT REDLINE RACEWAY
Redline Raceway held its annual track championship day on May the 11th with nine divisions in action and around 120 competitors that hit the track in front of a massive crowd that was not disappointed to see non stop action from start to finish across sedan and open wheel divisions.
The club classes of Street Stocks, Standard Saloons, Formula V8’s, Open Sedans & SSA Juniors were joined by regular visitors to the venue Wingless Sprints, AMCA, Modified Sedans & SDAV Hot Rods in racing for the prize of a track champion sticker to adorn their race car proudly for the next twelve months.
Beginning with the Junior Sedan division visiting drivers Michael Skene, Rusty Hickman, Brock Atkins & Luke Storer all joined club member Kye Walters in the top five through both heats and the final. Skene won the first heat and finished second in the next to qualify pole for the fifteen lap final. Rusty Hickman from Bendigo qualified outside of him whilst Walters & Atkins were right behind. Skene went on to win the championship ahead of Atkins, Walters, Hickman & Storer with rookie racer & club member Anthony Young finishing in sixth place at his first event at the venue.
A good field of Open Sedans were in the mix for the championship with club member Leigh Bourke taking out a win in the first heat race ahead of Tim McPherson & Allan Farmer whilst McPherson claimed pole position for the final when he went on to win heat two ahead of Farmer & Peter Angus.
McPherson went on to record his first feature win in Speedway with a win over Bourke, Scott Angus, Greg Parks & Matt Handley-Parsons in the final.
The Wingless Sprints not only were racing for the track championship they were as an association racing for the season aggregate with Ballarat locals James Wren & Sam Wren fighting it out at the top of the table. Sam began the battle well by winning the first heat of the day with James finishing behind in back in fourth spot allowing one to catch up a few points on the other. Peter Green was second, Troy Small third and Andrew Chivell in fifth. Sprintcar regular Dave McKay won the second heat ahead of Daniel Beard, Travis Bergmeier, Craig Plater & guest driver Super Rod Top Gun Dale Walsh.
Simon Smith continued a hot streak of heat race wins taking out the third from Beard, Layton Orchard, Plater & Walsh with James Wren taking out the win in the last heat with Small, Sam Wren, Green & Tim Ludeman completing the top five.
A great battle in the final between the two Wrens as they reached traffic and squeezed their way through. Sam eventually took the win ahead of James to become Redline Raceway track champion however on the day was not enough to snatch the Victorian Wingless Sprint association aggregate.
Standard Saloon racing was an opportunity for the driver of the flying Sigma, Tim Hutchinson’s chance for a hat trick of feature wins however Victorian champion Scott Whittle had other plans as he won both heats in front of Matt Domburg from Portland & Jay Dickson and clinched the feature race pole position. In the final it was more of the same accept for Dickson who succumbed to a busted front end and parked his car infield allowing Hutchinson to snatch third place behind Whittle & Domburg. Michelle Sinclair & Dave Chivers made up the final top five.
The Amca field included three of Australia’s big guns with the national champion Mark Lincoln in the field. Tasmanian & Victorian champion Jamie Collins & Northern Territory Champion Tim Reidy also. All three took a heat win each with Paul Sullivan winning won also. Lincoln beat Reidy, Darren Nelson, Bruce Tait & Rodney Bassett from Tasmania in heat one. Sullivan held off Collins & Ashlee Harris also Mick Jackson & Darren O’Reilly in the second heat with Reidy ahead of Bassett, Darren Hossack, Lincoln & Tait in the third. Rounding out heat results Collins won the last ahead of Grant Cullinger, Sullivan, Bill Lodwick & Jackson.
Reidy was quick out of the blocks at the start with Collins and Lincoln in tow. The top five starters ripped through the final with Reidy very dominant on his way to a win ahead of Lincoln, Collins, Sullivan & Bassett.
Local division the Formula V8’s a big engined, big wheeled sedan division was won by Ballarat’s Anthony Wilson after both front row starters Kym Cotterill & Danny Amato earnt the wrath of officials for jumping the start in the final and were sent rear of field. Earlier in heats Cotterill a South Australian won the first heat ahead of Amato & Russ Matthews before Wilson won the second heat with Amato again second ahead of Kieran Brennan. After the penalties at the start of the final Wilson secured a win over Cotterill who was bearing down on the leader at the very end of the race and in a race five laps longer may have challenged for the win. Third behind those two was Amato then Brennan & Wally Hucker.
In Modified Sedans Greg Atkins from Hamilton bagged the first heat with a close hard fought battle between he and Rodney Burr. Rusty Felsovary was next ahead of Ross Madden & Brenton Mills. In the second heat race Brenton Mills was sensational in his older model race car that is carburetted whilst the others behind him were fuel injected. Felsovary was second then Atkins, Burr & Madden. In the final Atkins, Mills & Felsovary all lead at one point in a awesome battle at the front. Felsovary got the upper hand towards the end of the race and won ahead of Atkins, Madden, Mills & Lucas Conder.
The SDAV Hot Rod’s are always popular at Redline as their engine sound is amplified by natural surrounds. Allen Luckett took a win in heat one ahead of Shannon Meakins and Kali Hovey whilst Russell Hovey won the second heat ahead of his daughter Kali & Meakins in third. For the final Russell Hovey had a great start. Luckett pulled infield and out of the race soon after. Meakins chased Hovey hard and had nothing for him whilst Kali Hovey, Glenn Lawless & Dylan Linehan made up the top five with Russell Hovey a popular second time winner this season.
As usual a large field of Street Stocks were on hand for the track championship including last start feature winner Brooke Ferguson, Brad McClure, King of the Mount winner Jason Degoldi and one of Redline’s new cult hero’s Andrew ‘The Burger King’ Burgoyne with the catchy slogan ‘That’s how I Roll’ who at the last race meeting all but turned his race car into metal scrap after a massive rollover and had it all put back together again just two weeks later to make the event.
Six heats were programmed with each driver doing two of them. Les Ferguson won the first heat, Aaron White the second and Darren Giacometti the third in the first round with McClure who was leading being defect flagged out of his heat with smoke pouring out from the car. In the second round Troy Polley was a popular winner of the first heat of the round whilst Giacometti doubled up with another win and Ballarat’s Stuart Robinson also a winner in the last heat of the round.
Giacometti from the prime front row position knew that McClure was going to be like a steam train coming from the back of the field. With Giacometti, Polley, Robinson & Les Ferguson up front McClure picked off runners on the high side at a red hot pace. Starting from way way back in seventeenth or so McClure caught up to Giacometti and then the real battle began. Giacometti is a really strong performer and McClure just couldn’t get past and the local won over McClure, Polley, Robinson & Les Ferguson.
There is now only one more race day in the season to be held on Sunday May the 26th with racing from around 1pm til 5ish. On the day any division that wants a run and can turn up with a reasonable amount of cars will race for trophies. Street Stocks, Open Sedans, Junior Sedans, Modified Sedans, Standards & Formula V8’s are all keen and GP Midgets & some Sprintcars have expressed an interest to have a spin.
Redline wishes to thank its valuable supporters including:
UBC Web Design
Erna Overall Quality Used Cars
P & M Earthworks
Steve Forte Metal Fabrications
Pat Ash & Civil
Bourke Mechanical Spares
Ballarat’s Mega Meats
Written by DMT Media’s Dean Thompson
on behalf of Belmont Speedway Drivers Club
Mick Purdie - President 0418399917
Clinton Purdie - Licence Secretary 0428 195653
Ruth Pearson - Track Secretary 0404 892424
Next Meeting is Saturday the 26th May 2013 Fun Day with Street Stocks, Standard Saloons, Formula V8's, VSC Open Sedans, ASCF juniors, ASCF Open Sedans , Plus a Mechanic's race! racing starts at 12pm.
Calling volunteers to work as officials at the track on race days, be it on the infield or the gates or anywhere you are needed we require your help please if you think this suits you please contact Ruth on 0404 892424.
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