Su­per Rods bat­tle for Vic­to­rian ti­tle

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY MARK COWIN

Blue Rib­bon Race­way will see the re­turn of the Mighty Mites of Speed­way when the V8 Su­per Rods con­test their Vic­to­rian State Ti­tle on Satur­day.

Spec­ta­tors will be on their feet with the al­ways tight rac­ing of these V8-pow­ered ma­chines that have evolved from the heavy hot rods of the past to now be the equiv­a­lent of a wing­less V8 Sprint­car with engine ca­pac­i­ties up to 5.5 litres and the body of a Mini Mi­nor, Suzuki Swift or sim­i­lar.

With­out the use of any aero­dy­nam­ics, these cars can prove to be hard to han­dle and the rac­ing is sure to be hard and fast on the wide-open Blue Rib­bon clay.

With mixed re­sults dur­ing the sea­son and a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent fea­ture winners, the nod must go to the Vic 1 car of An­drew Howard to back up his win in last year’s ti­tle with wins at Port­land, Avalon and Mt Gam­bier.

Ewan Mcken­zie, with wins through­out the sea­son to go with a cou­ple of DNFS at Port­land and Simpson, will be sure to be at the front of the pack with the al­ways hard charg­ing Michael Coad, Quentin Tan­ner and Howard Stans­field def­i­nitely mak­ing the go­ing hard for Howard.

Also on the card will be the Vic­to­rian For­mula 500 Stam- pede se­ries fi­nal round for the sea­son. As al­ways these scaled down ver­sions of a sprint­car will have the crowd on its feet.

Pow­ered by two and fourstroke en­gines with a ca­pac­ity of up to 600cc, the sound of these cars is un­mis­tak­able as they run full throt­tle for the ma­jor­ity of the race.

Close wheel-to-wheel ac­tion will be the or­der of the day and this can lead to spec­tac­u­lar in­ci­dents dur­ing the events.

Three Litre Sedans and V8 Trucks and Lim­ited Sports­man are also sched­uled to run at this meet­ing, the sec­ond last for the year for Hor­sham Mo­tor­sports Club.

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