SWAN HILL SPEEDWAY                                                                                                                                


Press Release      

Saturday Night at Sonic Speedway showed great racing all night from all the classes, and the large crowd went away happy.

The Standard Saloons had a few visiting drivers attend, but the locals had the advantage of familiarity, knowing the track really helps our drivers.  Claude Pearson made a comeback in his new car, but only took to the field in two heats and didn’t race in the final.  During the heats our top locals fought it out hard and fast and Leighton Warburton was the man to beat all night taking out two of the three heats.  Josh Campbell, Hayden Glare and Chris Grant were toughing it out, swapping the top three positions. It was good to see Nikki Davis driving hard all night amongst the men and is improving each meet, and will be up in the top positions soon..  The final saw Leighton take the flag with Hayden coming home in second and Chris Grant taking the third spot on the podium for the first time.

3 Litres returned to our track and put a strong field forward.  During the heats, determination took hold with Shane Simpson, Leanne Clarke, Steve Honeyman and Mick Boyle coming in the top three positions in the heats.  The finals saw the lead change a few times during the race with Leanne Clarke coming home in first with Shane Simpson second and Mick Boyle in third.

In the Juniors Class travelling drivers Lachlan Fitzpatrick and Tristan McGraw were too quick for our local kids  Our girls went well in the heats with Tara Cordina and Paige Bull both coming in third each, in the heats and local boy Troy Higgins coming in third in a last heat.  Blake Adams in his debut race made it to the Final,  was trying to avoid a spun out car, and collided with the concrete wall. Blake was thankfully alright and admitted he was just a little sore, at presentation.  It was great to see he received the encouragement award. The final saw Lachlan out in front every lap with Tristan close behind and Troy Higgins coming in third.

VSC Formulas had a great field of cars with Thomas Button being the driver for the rest of the field to beat.  Chris Conlan was looking good all night closely followed by Damien McKenzie.  Thomas Button took the flag with Chris Conlan close behind in second with Damien taking the third spot in the final.

V8 Super Modified Class saw the return of Jade Ewart, always a top driver in this class.  It was good to see Esther Thomson back racing the big V8 engine, this class doesn’t see many women participating.  Jade was looking good all night fighting it out with his brother Jordy Davis and Russell Thomson, and took first position in two heats,  and Jordy taking one of the heats with a mix of drivers taking second and third. In the second lap of the Final Russell and Jade made contact at turn one which saw Jade spin around, luckily the most of the field avoiding the situation.  Three cars retired due to damage, and flat tyres.  The race restarted with only three cars, and with only 4 laps to go saw the following drivers taking the chequered flag, Russell Thomson, Esther Thomson and Michael Thomson.

The feature race of the AMCA Nationals had a very small field but did they put on a great show.  Darren McCarthy was on fire from start to finish, winning all the heats.  Sharon Tindal took second in  two heats and Frank Thiery second in one heat , otherwise the positions didn’t change in the heats for the top drivers .  The final saw only five cars take to the track and Darren led every lap with Sharon close behind and Frank coming home in third.

Our next event is on the 2nd March with the feature being the Mini Sprints and support classes.  We also have a tractorpull event during the night