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Sonic Speedway Report June Long Weekend event.

Swan Hill Motor Racing Club Hosted the Victorian State Title for the Super Rods at Sonic Speedway last weekend.

Support classes had very large fields with entertaining driving for the large crowd of avid enthusiasts who braved the cold. Thirty heats were held in all to narrow down the finalists.


Six heats narrowed down the Sports Sedans, with drivers to watch in the final being Jack Brennan, Zac Swanson, Jason Berger, Tristan McGraw, Scott Angus, Jay Sanders and Marcus Reddecliffe who were the front runners in the heats.  Our comeback kid Paul Salau came 3rd in one heat and 5th in another but unfortunately did not take the final flag.  The final was taken out by Marcus Reddecliffe, second Tristan McGraw and third was Jack Brennan. 


The third event saw Shaqkira Blake lose a wheel on turn three and roll her car, taking her out of contention for the weekend.


Juniors took to the field with ten up and coming young drivers in the speedway fraternity. Jacob Tinworth, Harry Cecil and Anthony Hanson were the Juniors to beat all night in the heats, it was good to see Rebecca Johnstone, Blake Adams racing against these faster cars.  They are both gaining more experience and will be up amongst the front runners next season for sure.  New driver Emily Hooton kept her car away from risky front runners. It was good to watch her grow in confidence and it won’t be long before she’s up amongst the field. The final saw Anthony Hanson take the chequered flag followed close behind by Harry Cecil and Jacob Tinworh in third.


Standard Saloons had a very large field with many visiting drivers up against our locals. Trevor Evans set the standard and was pushed all night by Daniel Stewart, Shane Steward  and Vic 2 Rhys Lansdown but was too good for the rest of the field and took out the final.


For the Formula 500 Class the Pioneer Cup weekend saw our local drivers put on a great show. In the first heat Neil Bedggood  rolled, which put him out with minor injuries and a very damaged car for the next night as well. The top three drivers in the heats for the night were Jess Beddgood, Tom Nietvelt, Andrew Maconnachie and Terry Knowels ready for the final on the Sunday night.


The Super Rods entered 23 Cars for the night of racing in 6 different heats and the top drivers showing their skill after a few crashes and roll overs were Jason Kavanagh, Stan Marco Snr, Bob Wilson, Jacob Pitcher, Troy Gleeson, Dane Court, Michael Coad, Neville Gange (Vic 1), Shaun Walsh and Clinten Scott.  The final had 19 cars take to the field for 25 laps of fast pace with cars getting up to 94 kmh on a 500 metre track. Jason Pitcher came in first with the Vic 1 Neville Gange coming in second losing number 1 ranking and finishing third was Clinten Scott.


Sunday night we were back at the track for night two which was the Super Rods racing for points again and for the Pioneer Cup for our local class VSC Formula 500’s

The Standards had all the same drivers appear for the second night with Trevor Evans still on the money only to have a major clutch problem and missing the final.  The chequered flag went to Daniel Stewart, second to Rhys Lansdown and followed in third Shane Stewart.


The Sport Sedans had a few extra drivers appear on the night with very close racing.  Lachlan Fitzpatrick came in first with Tristan McGraw in second and Marcus Reddecliffe coming home in third. The best local driver Zoey Salau could do on the night was 4th,  after her dad Paul’s 3rd place result on Saturday night.

The Juniors had the same field again as on Saturday night with a different top three. Harry Cecil in first, second Jacob Tinworth and on the podium in third Owen Cecil. 

Young Emily Hooton improved over the night after averaging 60kmh top speed, increasing to 76kmh in the final.

During the night we had a demo of three local drivers racing Compact Speedcar which were zooming around our track at 100km and boy were they impressive.


The Super Rods took to the field with a few less cars than the night before, only to have Stan Marco Snr roll his car in the Pole Shuffle in the same spot he rolled on Saturday night and was unable to continue.  The final saw Troy Gleeson home in first with Dane Court in second and third place getter was the new VIC 1 from Saturday nights Title Jacob Pitcher


The Pioneer Cup had seven Formulas in the first heat only to have Jess Bedggood not finish. Over the three heats the drivers to watch were Terry Knowles, Tom Nietvelt , Nathan Caddy , Jordan Caddy and Andrew Maconachie.  The final saw Jesse Bedggood return after getting her car repaired, only to take out the Pioneer Cup followed by Nathan Caddy and home in third was Tom Nietvelt.


The season has come to an end, and we would like to thank all our supporters who attended, and club members for their hard work during 2021/22 Season. Racing recommences on 19th of Novembers 2022.