Driv­ers bat­tle for state ti­tle

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY MARK COWIN

Blue Ribbon Speed­way at Kal­kee, north of Hor­sham, will be the scene of more Vic­to­rian state ti­tle rac­ing when three­l­itre sedans roar into ac­tion on Satur­day.

Sup­ported by a round of the VMPA Mod­i­fied Sedans, in prepa­ra­tion for an Aus­tralian ti­tle event at Blue Ribbon on the Easter long week­end, Lim­ited Sports­man, Street Stocks and V8 Trucks are also on the card.

Vic­to­rian ti­tle

With teams from across Vic­to­ria head­ing to Kal­kee, the com­pe­ti­tion will be fierce, with Hor­sham district teams teams of El­lis, Ger­lach and Honey­man fight­ing to se­cure the Vic­to­ria one ti­tle left va­cant with the re­tire­ment of Will Lamb’s car.

Af­ter hold­ing the ti­tle for four of the past five years, Lamb has moved to the late model di­vi­sion to try his luck in the fast-de­vel­op­ing se­ries.

“Af­ter win­ning the ti­tle four times I thought it was time to move on and try some­thing else,” he said.

“But the To­rana is still out back so I am not say­ing I won’t come back again, but I wish all the driv­ers the best for the week­end.

“We have been strug­gling with the set-up of the new car and hope to be back at Blue Ribbon again soon.”

In the last three-litre event the cars of long-time cam­paign­ers Steve El­lis and Gra­ham Ger­lach showed they are ready to put on a fight to se­cure the state ti­tle.

But it won’t be easy, with the car of Steve Honey­man com­ing off a strong show­ing at Rush­worth.

The cars of Bradley, Ja­son and An­drew Ahearn are also al­ways strong, en­sur­ing a great night of rac­ing.

Pre­lude to their dream

In a pre­lude to the Aus­tralian ti­tle at Easter, VMPA Mod­i­fied Pro­duc­tion com­peti­tors from across the se­ries will re­turn in prepa­ra­tion for their run at na­tional glory.

A full field of cars is ex­pected at the track as this will be a points round for the VMPA se­ries.

Rac­ing will be tight as teams try to get a han­dle on the tricky 440-me­tre clay sur­face.

In the last event at the track, cars were run­ning three wide at times and pass­ing was im­pos­si­ble in var­i­ous parts of the cir­cuit.

Spor­ties

Fol­low­ing an­other rain-out at the King of the Rock at Bairns­dale at the week­end, the ‘sporty’ driv­ers will be ready to give it their all at home this week­end af­ter the dis­ap­point­ment of a long trip out east only to be stopped by Mother Na­ture.

Re­cent win­ner of the Les Mcmaster Me­mo­rial and the South Aus­tralian ti­tle, Jock Baker, will be ea­ger to get back in the groove against the fierce group of driv­ers in the al­ways pop­u­lar class.

V8 trucks

Af­ter a great night of rac­ing at their last out­ing, V8 trucks will again be out to en­ter­tain fans with their high, wide and hand­some style of rac­ing.

As has hap­pened through­out the sea­son, there might be some guest driv­ers in the trucks in­clud­ing an­other visit from the ‘Stig’.

The trucks will al­ways put on a show and again the HO 57 of Luke James might have the strong hand, but don’t for­get that any­thing can hap­pen.

We might see the likes of wing­less sprint­car driver Steve Hate­ley re­vis­it­ing the trucks af­ter try­ing to fly his car home from Simp­son Speed­way re­cently in a mas­sive rollover that wrecked his car but left him shaken and stirred, and un­daunted.

PRE­PARED: Gra­ham Ger­lach has his week­end’s Vic­to­rian State Three Litre ti­tle. Pic­ture: M AND L SPEED­WAY PHO­TOG­RA­PHY car well set up for the

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