|Posted on April 23, 2017 at 6:50 AM|
Saturday night saw 20 drivers from across 4 states, as well as 3 State and 1 National Title holder contest the AMCA Nationals South Australian Title, proudly sponsored by United Speedway Association, Lucas Olis and Sprint Auto Parts Salisbury. Drivers faced 3 rounds of heats through the night before battling for the Title over 30 laps. Heavy rain on Thursday had left the track a little rough in spots but all drivers handled the conditions well. Tasmania’s Daniel Brooks and South Aussie Jeremy Moore had taken 2 heat wins each and finished the heats tied on points, and would go on to start the Title race from the front row. The heat races proved tough for many drivers, including Australian Champion Tim Reidy, who after failing to finish in his first heat would start the Title race from position 14.
Come time for the main event, and it seemed to be a case of last driver standing. On lap 2, Brooks had an engine let go when in second whilst 2 laps later Moore also experience mechanical issues and retired from the lead. In total 9 cars retired from the race, 4 of which started from within the top 6 with various mechanical issues. Victorian Champion Jamie Collins kept out of trouble and was able to take out the Title, and add South Australian #1 to his car. Collins was pushed hard over the closing laps by Darren McCarthy and Jake Armstrong. Fourth went to Tasmanian Rod Bassett ahead of Jeremy Fenner, Jason Robinson, Benny Aworth, Mark Janssan, Robert Thomas and Sharon Tindal.
Junior Sedans were racing in the final round of the Robert Gwynne Memorial as well as Round 3 of the Sunline Track Championship. The Thorne brothers of Heath and Nathan continue to dominate at the Venue this season, taking all 4 heat wins that were on offer to secure the front row for the feature. The brothers fought hard in the feature, with Nathan emerging the victor and establishing a new 20 lap track record. However, most people were focusing on the battle for the minor places. Torry Moroney looks like a driver to keep an eye on for the future with a great drive that netted him third place ahead of Lachie Gwynne and Sharni Pitcher. After the 2 Rounds of the Robert Gwynne Memorial, Nathan and Heath Thorn couldn’t be split and were joint winners, followed by Tamika Pitcher, Sharni Pitcher and Lachie Gwynne.
Super Sedans were another class chasing points as the contested the final round of their State Series, as well as round 3 of their Country Series. Kym Jury’s night ended early after only 4 laps after developing car issues and electing to park it. Paul Blenkiron claimed the 2 heat races on offer and was looking the goods in the feature until hitting a rut in turn 2 just the wrong way. This allowed Terry Brown through and was able to hang on to claim his maiden win in the class. Jake Ashworth finished second ahead of a disappointed Blenkiron, Jason Gantz and Michelle Dillon.
Modlites rounded out the program with only a small car count on offer with 7 cars competing. Brian Chadwick and Cory Hodgson each took a heat win each during the night. However, with some driver electing not to contest the feature, only 3 cars took to the track. Chadwick took the feature win ahead of Mick Lewis and Scott Webb.
Sunline Speedway’s next meeting is on the 20th May, headlined by the South Australian Street Stock Title, proudly sponsored by United Speedway Association and Jack Daniels. Junior Sedans will have Round 4 of their Track Championship and will be joined by Wingless Sprints, Super Sedans, Modified Sedans, Modlites and the AMCA Spectacular.