Western Australia has slated a number of big double-header Sprintcar races over the summer season – last Weekend saw Bunbury Speedway host Round 11 of the WSS Championship on Friday and Saturday nights. This weekend sees the WSS Finale played out at the Perth Motorplex on Friday (22nd Feb) and Saturday (23rd Feb) and the week after the Krikke Boys Shootout will be run at Bunbury Speedway on Saturday (2nd March) and Sunday (3rd March).
In Victoria a double header of a different kind was run last Saturday 16th Feb. Geelong’s Avalon Raceway played host to the running of the 360 and Open Sprintcar Titles – all on one night, without any support classes.
The lead up to the event saw days of hot and windy weather making it difficult for track preparation. The night of the Titles was also very hot and we saw a “rubber down” surface appear very early.
The track was hard on tyres all night, with most cars coming home with tyres that at a quick glance looked like Slicks – there were no tread blocks left at all and canvas was starting to appear on many right rears.
Local Driver Matthew Reed took the 360 Title driving the Matt Muir Motorsports W53 from Shane Heathcote (S39) in 2nd and Brenten Farrer (V34). It was a brilliant drive from Reed who led from flag to flag. Liam William in the Bruce Stephens owned V91 had to battle hard by qualifying through the B-Main and gained the hard charger award for his efforts in pushing through to be 5th in the 25 lap A-Main.
Heats were won by Farrer, and Reed. Mathew Reed went on to win the Sprintcar Dash and claim pole from Farrer, Peter Logue, Heathcote, Brad Foster and Phil Lock. The B-Main was won by Keke Falland from Domain Ramsay, Liam Williams and Sam Putland.
The Open Sprintcar Title was won by Darren Mollenoyux in the Parr Motorsports house car (V77) from second year racer Tim Van Ginneken and veteran Mike Van Bremen. Run over 30 laps under trying conditions, Tim Van Ginneken was the early pace setter. A variety of yellow stoppages helped Mollenoyux keep in touch with the leader. Mollenoyux was able to make his move well into the race and slip past Van Ginneken through turns 3 and 4 . Once he got fresh air Molly looked more comfortable and mindful of the abrasive track conditions cruised home for his best ever career win in SRA competition.
Heats were taken out by Van Bremen, Van Ginneken and Stephen Bell. Tasmania’s Shaun Dobson (V36) set quick time but with was a DNF in his heat and won the C Main but could not progress any further than the B. The B-Main was won by Jamie Veal from Glen Sutherland Domain Ramsay and Adam King.