|Posted on June 13, 2016 at 2:25 AM|
Fans were treated to a big day/night of action at the final meeting for 2015/16 at Sunline Speedway on Sunday. Racing commenced slightly behind schedule and finished under lights as the clock neared 8 p.m.
Street Stocks battled for the Steve Butcher Memorial, and battled is a very appt word to use. Whilst their 4 heat races were largely incident free, the main event was reminiscent of a demo derby. It took several attempts to get a lap completed as drivers battled to get clear track. One such incident put Buck Haynes into the wall hard in turn 2 ending his chances. Once green flag racing got going, it wouldn’t last long and fans were lucky to see a patch of 6 green flag laps. Throughout the carnage behind him, Sam Brumfield kept a cool head to claim the Memorial, ahead of Cade Cox and Jason Duell.
Junior Sedans were contesting the final round of the Robert Gwynne Memorial Track Championship. Whilst the top of the point standings were going to be largely unchanged, it was still a chance for some drivers to attempt to improve their spot. It was also farewell for some drivers as it was their last race in the class. The feature saw Heath Thorne take a narrow win from his brother Nathan whilst Ashlee McEwin showed great speed all meeting to claim third. Heath secured back-to-back Track Championships with Nathan taking second and Lachlan Gwynne finishing third.
The Sunline Modified Sedan Track Championship proved to be a great display of sedan racing with all drivers providing fast and clean racing. It was also the farewell for long time competitor John Burton, who has hung up the helmet for the last time. Recently crowned South Australia #1 Mark Sheen proved to be the man to beat, claiming the feature and establishing a 15 lap track record. He was pushed all the by Wade McCarthy and Terry Brown.
Early on it was looking like an early end to the Wingless Sprints when on the first lap of their first heat 4 cars were taken out it a big crash. Jason Bolitho was the unfortunate one to go over but thankfully all drivers were ok, and all but 1 of these cars was able continue in the next heat. Bolitho’s bad luck continued when coming out for heat 2 the driveshaft decided to part ways with the car along the back straight. Anthony McMillian took the feature ahead of Jason Gantz, these 2 drivers racing hard for the win in the closing laps, with Jay Brown in third.
AMCA’s had a well supported line up which included several Victorians coming across the border to mix it with the locals. Continuing on a recent string of great results, Jeremy Moore proved too good and claimed the Feature ahead of Darren McCarthy in second. The drive of the day goes to Raymond Hedley, who after failing to finish either of his 2 heats had to start the feature from the rear. But whatever mechanical issues he had earlier, they didn’t reappear and stormed from 11th to claim third, pipping Rod Basset (who drove Frank Thierry’s car for the feature) right on the line. One has to wonder if he started closer to the front, what might have been.
Modlites continue to display close and fast racing, but also that these little cars are built strongly. No clearer example was with Jake Lewis, who in heat 3 ended up on his roof in turn 4, only to be back on the track 3 races later for the feature. Whilst the car might not have been 100% right (as evident by the lack of panel work), it shows that these cars are well made. Ayden Elliot looked on track to claim the Feature after leading from the start, only for Michael Brown to come from 3rd with 2 laps to go and get by Elliot on the final lap. Elliot had to settle for second whilst Duran Cowland finished third.
Only 3 Super Sedans ventured to the track and provided some entertainment for the crowd; Kym Dury winning the feature ahead of Steve Schwarz and Robert Uren.
Rob Stevens and Jen Lemar would like to thank everyone who has helped out at the venue during the 2015/16 season in some shape or form. Whether it be in the form of sponsorship, assistance around the track, to all of those who help the meetings run. Thanks to all of the competitors that came to this great country race track and most importantly, thanks to all of the fans who constantly come and sit on the hill to cheer on their favourite drivers. We hope to be able to announce the 2016/17 season shortly but until then, keep an eye on the Sunline Speedway Facebook page and website for the latest news. Those wanting to join in and help out at race meetings, provide sponsorship or just offer your services around the venue, feel free to contact Rob and Jen on 0412 474 289.