|Posted on June 11, 2018 at 10:55 AM|
The 2017/18 speedway season concluded at the Sunline Speedway with the traditional day meeting finishing under lights. There was a almost 2 hour delay at the start of the Feature races when Junior Sedan driver Drew Flatman made heavy impact with the pit gate, the force breaking the hinges and requiring it to be welded shut for the remainder of the meeting. Testament to the strength of modern race cars, Flatman was checked over by medical staff and given the all clear.
Nathan Thorne had a meeting to remember in the Junior Sedans, claiming 2 of the 3 heat race wins, lowering the 1 lap record and winning the shortened Feature race, with Jordan Grillet winning the other heat race. Grillett didn’t go home empty handed, winning the Junior Sedans Track Championship with Drew Flatman finishing second with Paige Goldsack-Gwynne third.
The Street Stocks Steve Butcher Memorial was again well represented with 19 drivers aiming to get a hold of the trophy that Rhys Heinrich had won 5 out of the past 6 years. With 2 heat wins each, it looked like being a battle between Jason Gantz and Andy Maxwell Jnr. However, it was last years runner up Nigel Reichstein who best managed the conditions and lapped traffic best to take the win. Second was Bailey Heinrich from Gantz, Haydon Jolly and Wade Fell.
Modified Sedans held their annual Sunline Championship, but it was an early finish for Mark Sheen with gearbox issues during heat 1. Peter McCarthy showed the field how it was done, winning both heat races, lowering the 8 lap record and winning the Championship race. Second home was Trevor Raams with Jason Demaine third.
Modlites had 2 new drivers competing in the class, with Ryan Alexander taking over the duties in the #0 machine with newcomer Justin Chadwick in the new #73 machine. It would be a rough start for Chadwick, who rolled his car during the first heat but with sustaining minimal damage was able to continue during the rest of the meeting. Alexander would go on to claim 2 of the 3 heat races, the feature race as well as lower the 1 lap track record. Second in the feature was Michael Cowland (who won the other heat race), ahead of Scott Webb in third.
Jason Gantz was also racing his Super Sedan and made a clean sweep of the races on offer, winning the 2 heat races and the feature, lowering both the 8 and 12 lap records in the process. Kym Cottrell claimed second in the feature ahead of Paul Blenkiron, driving the Rob Stevens machine, Robert Uren and Daniel Obst, who after showing good speed early in the meeting struggling with issues.
Frank Thierry would claim AMCA Nationals feature race in a tight battle with Darren McCarthy and Jason Robinson. Earlier in the day, Robinson and McCarthy each claimed a heat win, with McCarthy lowering the 1 and 10 lap records in the process.
Street Stocks and Modlites also held ladies races during the meeting, with Cheyanne Richter-Uren winning both Street Stock races whilst Emily Bogucki won in the Modlites race.
The Tough-As Products Grand Champion went down to the wire with several drivers in the hunt to claim the Title at the start of the meeting. It came down to a count back with 2 drivers tied on points, with AMCA Nationals driver Jason Robinson winning on count back from fellow AMCA driver Frank Thierry. Robinson claimed a wonderful trophy and his choice of $500 or $750 worth of services from Tough-As Products.
Sunline Speedway would like to thank all that have helped and supported the Venue during the 2017/18 season. The 2018/19 season kicks off in a big way on the 8th of December with the running of the SA Junior Sedan Title as well as the SA 360 Sprintcar Title, which is also a round of the Sprintcar All Stars series. Stay informed with the latest news about the upcoming season via the Sunline Speedway website and Facebook page.