With the first of the local series “draw and invert” rounds the hot laps session was underway on a rather heavy track with everyone gingerly pacing around the circuit not wanting to join the prestigious honours roll on the tilt tray after the timed sessions.
Rusty Whittaker topped the times with a 15.100 followed by HLR’s Charlie Brown, current compact speedcars A1 “lightening” Tim Farrell, returning to the Midget ranks from compacts was Gary Hudson in 4th and rounding out the top 5 was eventual main event succeeder Darren Vine.
Mitchell Rooke for Rodney Singleton Racing would lay down the quickest speed in the first heat race of the night at 105.332 kph chasing down heat race winner Vine while holding out the pressure of Callum Whatmore JNR in 3rd, Chris Singleton in 4th, Bodie Smith returned after some damage sustained in the previous round feature crossed with a 5th, Scott Doyle was in 6th after feeling some pressure from Tom Clauss finishing in 7th and Nathan Mathers rounded out the 8 car field.
The night’s second heat saw a bit of carnage mid turns 3 and 4 with the end result being 3 cars knocked out of the 8 lapper those cars of Brad Dawson, Tim Farrell and the unlucky one having nowhere to go was Gary Hudson all relegated to watching the event infield, Unfortunately the Hudson crew worked hard to have the 69Q car repaired for the reminder of the night but there was too much damage sustained and they would ultimately be done , Rusty Whittaker took out the event ahead of Charlie Brown who was trying to bring the top line in buzzing the fence but it was to no avail as he was now under pressure towards the end from Riki Harrison with Audie Malt and Gavin McDowell both having clean runs to the end.
Heat race three was another event that knocked a car out for the night up in turn 2 the Chris Singleton car had a spin leaving Scott Doyle zero real estate to pull up the 89A car and that was murder she wrote for the Doyle’s, Darren Vine went on to lead home the field of Whatmore JNR , Clauss , Rooke and Bodie Smith.
Brown continued to try the high line in the final heat race on the programme whilst attempting to run down Rusty Whittaker but again the top was offering zero and again towards the end of the 8 lapper Riki Harrison was applying the blow torch to the 11Q car of Brown, Farrell, Malt and McDowell and Mathers all crossing in that order at the chequered.
Darren Vine got the jump at the start of the 20 lapper leading the field into turn one with Whittaker and Brown in tow Chris Singleton was an early retiree without a lap completed ,Tom Clauss would find himself infield with just two revolutions down and Nathan Mathers was the only other “DNF’er” after completing 12 laps , Charlie Brown continued to crop dust the top line this time Riki Harrison bolted into 3rd settling into a rhythm behind Whittaker and Vine with the trio crossing in that order , Vine lead all of the 20 taking the Paul McManimm owned Spike to victory lane.
Charlie Brown picked up the nights Revolution Race Gear Sunshine Coast “Lucky 4th place” voucher, Rooke was home in 5th ahead of a great drive from Bodie Smith in 6th The Farrell Team had repaired the 51Q Racer from the earlier heat race carpark wreck for him to round out the 20 lapper in 7th Cal Whatmore JNR , Audie Malt and Gavin McDowell put in a tidy race to round out the 10 finishers.
The nights highlights had Gary Hudson showing great promise in the ex-Dillion Eagle now 69Q, Gavin McDowell and Audie Malt both running in some very tidy laps.
Huge shout out to JBR’s Adam Clarke , the team ventured over to the West and competed in the John Day Classic Saturday night after winning the right for the P1 start after the heats and pole shuffle Clarkie opted for a rear of field start and if he made the podium after the 40 lapper memorial race he would pick up an extra 7k bonus payday ……. Clarkie took the 29Q to 3rd at the flag!!!
Well Done Adam and JBR!
One person who was noticeably missing from last night was our pit marshal Barry Lane, Our thoughts and prayer are with Life Member Barry and Family at this stage.
Our next outing will be boxing night at Archerfield for Polar Ice R5 in conjunction with the 2018/19 Danny Davidson Memorial and then just days later on January 4th 2019 will be the annual Stan Burrow Stampede!
So some big shows heading your way
Have a safe Christmas see you all on the 26th !
Photo supplied by Darren Vine Racing