Mills motors to state title
SATURDAY night at Rushworth Speedway was a big night with two Victorian championships on the line.
And when racing was finished, Trevor Mills from Corowa — the reigning Speedway Sedans Australia Victoria Production Sedan Champion — had retained his crown and Scott Laidlaw from Morwell had retained his Victorian Speedway Council Division Two Hot Rod Championship.
In local racing, Paul Lamb in GV Open Saloons, Chloe Lamb in GV Ladies Saloons, Leigh Jeffery in GV Production Sedans and Tristan McGraw in GV Junior Sedans were all winners on points when curfew time cut the race meeting short.
Two-time Australian Champion Stephen Laidlaw set the tone for the SSA Production Sedans when he came out on top over old foe Trevor Mills by just 1.317 seconds in the first heat.
Laidlaw had the bit between his teeth after an earlier season crash at Wahgunyah and watching Mills a week prior taking a win on his very own home track at Rosedale in that feature.
Visiting New South Welshman Wes Barnes captured victory in the second heat with Laidlaw picking up another win before Mills won his first heat of the night in the fourth, which he did so with a race time of 3 minutes 19.676 seconds, the best time of the night for the class.
Damien McAlister from Goulburn in New South Wales won the fifth heat by the barest of margins, 0.414 seconds, before Mills reversed the first heat result and put one over Laidlaw who incidentally put in the books the fastest one lap time of the night with a 19.524 in finishing second.
Starting the Victorian championship at the front of the field, Mills and Laidlaw quickly sorted out who was going to follow whom with Mills taking the advantage.
Raymond Ussher from the Wangaratta club had a short race, pulling out within the first couple of laps and Craig McAlister and his brother Damien moved up positions.
Making moves from further in the pack was Wayne Bourke from Leeton and by lap 15 he had moved from around 10th to sixth with more to come.
Mills continued to lead out front from Laidlaw — and Bourke, by lap 25, was now in fourth.
With a few laps to go, Bourke passed Craig McAlister and when the chequered flag dropped, Mills had claimed back to back Victorian titles with Laidlaw, Bourke, Craig McAlister and Damien McAlister the top five.
Rushworth Speedway returns on February 24.
Corowa driver Trevor Mills won the production sedan Victorian title. Picture: Vern and Jackie Parker