Coad con­quers con­di­tions

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY MARK COWIN

Chal­leng­ing con­di­tions in­clud­ing a late af­ter­noon shower tested com­peti­tors in the Vic­to­rian Ti­tle for Su­per Rods at Hor­sham’s Blue Rib­bon Race­way on Sat­ur­day night.

With 11 mil­lime­tres of rain over the pre­vi­ous week, track crews had their hands full get­ting the sur­face in a con­di­tion to suit the pres­ti­gious Vic­to­rian Su­per Rods ti­tle.

Dur­ing heat races, track con­di­tions saw turns one and two pro­duc­ing good pass­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties and turns three and four caus­ing a lot of cars to push up to the wall.

The bet­ter set-up cars took ad­van­tage down low and ex­pe­ri­ence be­gan to show, with the cars of Michael Coad, Ewan Mcken­zie, Howard Stans­field, Quentin Tan­ner and Neville Gange get­ting on top of the set-ups early and tak­ing heat wins.

Hard bat­tler of the evening was split be­tween the cars of Ja­son Ka­vanagh and Duane Cor­dina, both hav­ing early dam­age but work­ing hard through the night to be there in the end. A fi­nal 14 of the 16 cars faced the starter’s flag and af­ter a restart the car of Coad took a holeshot from the field, fol­lowed in hot pur­suit by the 88 of Stans­field chased by the 98 of Ewan Mcken­zie.

Vic­to­ria one An­drew Howard strug­gled through­out the meet­ing with han­dling and the fi­nal was no dif­fer­ent as he ran mid­field through­out.

With Coad hav­ing a clean track in front of him due to a num­ber of yel­low flags from spin­ning cars, the in­ter­est fell back to the bat­tle be­tween MCKen­zie and Stans­field with the two cars run­ning neck and neck for the ma­jor­ity of the race.

The fi­nal laps saw Coad in­crease his lead and Mcken­zie get­ting past Stans­field to fin­ish in that or­der, giv­ing Coad the cov­eted Vic­to­ria one for the next year.

For­mula 500

Clos­ing off their sea­son of rac­ing, a good field of For­mula 500s com­peted for brag­ging rights for next sea­son.

Dom­i­nat­ing in his three heats, the 22 of Dion Bell­man sig­nalled his in­ten­tions early with run­away heat wins and showed that he could also run hard as the track gripped up later in the night.

Ac­tion in the fi­nal started early, with Bell­man get­ting away from the hard­charg­ing group of com­peti­tors fight­ing wheel to wheel at full throt­tle.

Show­ing a clean pair of heels to the field, the large crowd was en­ter­tained by the bat­tle for the mi­nor plac­ings be­tween Rob Rankin, Leigh Van Gin­neken and Chris Bell­man.

Fi­nal plac­ings saw Dion Bell­man take the vic­tory fol­lowed by Rankin and Van Gin­neken.

Lim­ited Sports­man

Spor­tie driv­ers from across the area came to the track to com­pete for the cov­eted Kevin Baker Chal­lenge Tro­phy named for the el­der states­man of the Lim­ited Sports­man class.

With a points sys­tem pay­ing on plac­ings, heat wins and pass­ing, it was sure to be an in­ter­est­ing evening cul­mi­nat­ing in a re­verse grid start for the fi­nal.

With both the Vic­to­ria one Dil­lon Siely and South Aus­tralia one Jock Baker in the field, along with Dean and Clint Baker and the al­ways strong Mark Mcdon­ald, it was sure to be a big night.

The first heat saw Nathan Buck­ley edge out Siely and Adam Mcken­zie, fol­lowed by Mcdon­ald.

The sec­ond and third heats proved to be a Mcdon­ald ben­e­fit with the 44 car com­ing to grips with the track and the sur­pris­ing strug­gle for Baker.

Fi­nal plac­ings in the tro­phy race saw Mcdon­ald show­ing great form to take the im­pres­sive tro­phy ahead of Jock Baker and Clint Baker.

Hor­sham Mo­tor­sports Clubs next meet­ing is the an­nual Queens Birth­day two-day meet­ing in June, fea­tur­ing a va­ri­ety of classes to bring the ex­tremely suc­cess­ful sea­son to an end.

ON TOP: New Vic­to­ria one Michael Coad pow­ers his way to vic­tory at Blue Rib­bon Race­way. Pic­ture: M AND L SPEED­WAY PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

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