Speedway thrills, spills at final meet

Despite a few setbacks this season the Horsham Motorsports Club wrapped up its 2016/17 schedule with a stellar weekend. 

First on the track were the popular vintage stock cars that brought many an old race driver to their feet. 

Wingless sprintcars featured on both Saturday and Sunday nights, with Cobden’s Carly Walsh and Melbourne driver Peter Logue starting off the front row in the final on Saturday.

On Sunday, Walsh started the final in pole position with Horsham driver Jeremy Beddison alongside.

Walsh took the lead on the field and set up a good gap until  Logue, who drove through the field from his start position of seventh, took the win in the 20-lap final.

Bendigo drivers featured in the three-litre sedans with a good field contesting the two days. Lennie Clark took a commanding lead in the final on Sunday leading the field from start to finish. Fellow Bendigo driver Daniel Wilson made it close in the final laps for a close second and Ballarat’s Lucas Condor claimed third.

In the  street stock division a number of Horsham drivers battled the opposition and track all night. Morris ‘Oggie’ Ahearn, of Melbourne, was unstoppable wining in all five heats and the final race. Horsham’s Luke James was second and Paul Razum, of Mt Gambier, finished third.

The growing number of limited sportsman cars put on a great show all weekend. Jock Baker was the quickest winning two of three heats as some favourites battled the fast but greasy track surface.

Pimpinio’s Baker took a commanding lead on the field  in the final race while beside him Adam McKenzie, of Minyip, kept the pressur eon. Baker won the final while managing to lap every driver except McKenzie who claimed second followed by Jevon Duff.

Horsham’s Travis Matthews gained the best-presented car award for his impressive purple and green machine.

Not to be out done the ladies put on a great show of speed and ability with a good field of entrants.

Casey Langan, of Ballara,t could not be beaten. After claiming all five heats, she went on to win the final race taking victory over Horsham’s Emma Hutchins who quickly got back into the pace along with Melbourne’s Felicity Roycroft in third.

With the addition of a number of late entrants in open sedans the field was split into two classes.

Horsham veteran Graham Gerlach ruled the field of open sedans during the heat races and in the final two heats Dehne Sparrow of Hamilton claimed a win along with Swan Hill’s Benny Mannix. The final turned out to be closely contested with Sparrow taking a win followed by Gerlach  and Mannix .

Junior drivers were split into two groups – In Junior A group, Brad Garner took top spot followed by Oskar Tanner and Jack Tanner. In Junior B top place went to Bella Rizzoli followed by Bing Bellman and Brayden Claridge.

As usual the trucks were well received and put on a great show with Redda taking the top spot followed by Fletch and Brenden.

From top: Jock Baker in limited sportsman; Peter Logue in wingless sprintcar; Stephen Hateley  in wingless sprintcar.  Pictures: M&L Speedway Photography

From top: Jock Baker in limited sportsman; Peter Logue in wingless sprintcar; Stephen Hateley in wingless sprintcar. Pictures: M&L Speedway Photography