Speed­way thrills at Rush­worth

Shepparton News - - SPORT - By Alex Mitchell

Rush­worth Speed­way’s new sea­son starts to­day af­ter the first meet­ing was can­celled due to weather.

The best avail­able mod­i­fied sedan com­peti­tors from across Vic­to­ria will dish up a ter­rific show, with driv­ers from Gipp­s­land, Mil­dura, Gee­long and from the Bendigo and Goul­burn Val­ley ar­eas.

The first night of rac­ing also means night one of points to­wards club cham­pi­onship re­sults for all the Goul­burn Val­ley sedan classes with cham­pi­ons Shane Hutchins, Chloe Lamb and Lach­lan Fitz­patrick keen to re­mind oth­ers why they are num­ber one in their classes.

Mod­i­fied sedan nom­i­na­tions in­clude Goul­burn Val­ley mem­ber Rod­ney Burr, who is re­turn­ing to rac­ing af­ter some time away from the track, while Gra­ham West from Bendigo in his LJ To­rana also brings a lo­cal flavour to the meet­ing.

Nick Cock­er­ill, Brock Atkins, An­drew Black­well — a two-time na­tional cham­pion — Darren Cock­er­ill, David Smith — also a for­mer na­tional cham­pion — Kye Wal­ters and Matt Nel­son are just some of the com­peti­tors to keep an eye on when it comes to the fea­ture race.

In open sa­loons, Michael Wicks in the Hyundai re­turns in what looks like an open field when it comes to podium po­si­tions.

The women’s sa­loons sees Chloe and Kelly Lamb set to com­pete against Cassie Wicks and pick­ing a win­ner is dif­fi­cult.

Pro­duc­tion sedans have the big­gest field of en­trants of the lo­cal classes and Shane Hutchins will find com­pe­ti­tion tough against the likes of Geoff Lee, Mark Ce­cil, Be­van Hutchins, Ian Wil­son, Troy Brit­ton, Leigh Jef­fery and Mikey Nai­smith.

Ju­nior sedans cham­pion Lach­lan Fitz­patrick and his tough­est com­peti­tor last sea­son Tris­tan McGraw will have to com­pete against Todd Atkins, which should spice things up.

● Rac­ing is from 4 pm to­day, with en­try $25 an adult, $15 for aged pen­sion­ers, chil­dren 16 to 12 $12.50 and un­der 12 is free. A fam­ily of two adults and two chil­dren 12 to 16 is $60.

Out for glory: Two-time Aus­tralian cham­pion An­drew Black­well will be com­pet­ing at Rush­worth this week­end.

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