Words and Image – Mandy Searle
Nyora Speedbowl celebrated Christmas with a great crowd, fine weather and the Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Series last Friday night (27th Dec) whilst SA22 Chad Ely locked in his third Feature win in the prestigious Championship.
ACT15 Harley Bishop and SA22 Chad Ely lined up on the front row of the A Lap 1 was marred by a yellow light after Bishop got the lead in the opening lap. Unfortunately Bishop was relegated to the rear and from then on “Chadwin” Ely showed his dominance right up until the chequer fell.
Making a return to racing after a season out was Mark Weaver’s in the NT17. After sitting a season out Weaver was obviously comfortable in his new car and managed to hold off ACT49 (Mr Speed) Matthew Reed as he challenged Weaver lap after lap. Reed tried high and low but Weaver wouldn’t let himself be out manoeuvred and came home in third.
Young Zac Farrer in the V99 Maxim showed impressive skill holding on the P4 with USA60 Geoff Ensign challenge him lap after lap. Farrer with his best result for the season was elated with 4th place.
SA83 Shannon Barry also had a very impressive night locking in Quick Time, a heat win and running up into P3 in the early stages of the A. Unfortunately for Barry he was involved in an incident with V15 Bill Fraser brining on the yellows. Barry having to start again from the rear whilst it was the end of the night for Fraser. At the Drivers meeting at the start of the night Barry won the IDIGIT $100 Lucky Draw for his 3rd time in a row. With the IDIGIT proprietor Brett Milburn also competing on the night Barry has a chance to thank him personally for his sponsorship.
Milburn just recently purchasing a 360 didn’t have a night he would prefer to remember losing a drive line in his heat and having an issue with the oil line in the B Main.
Heat Wins: Barry, McCullagh, Reed, Farrer, Chris Solomon, Harley Bishop,
A Main – SA22 Chad Ely, NT17 Mark Weaver, ACT49 Matt Reed, V99 Zac Farrer, USA60 Geoff Ensign, V4 Phil Lock, V74 Michael Cunningham, V11 Brad Foster, ACT15 Harley Bishop, SA83 Shannon Barry, V85 Colin Lincoln, V64 David Aldersley, V90 Corey McCullagh, SA18 Jed Bell, V83 Chris Solomon,V15 Bill Fraser –DNF, ACT26 Tony Moule -DNF
Red Ed Sheds Lucky 7’s – Michael Cunningham
Bar Up 8 – Brad Foster
Hoosier Hero – Chad Ely
Oval Express Magazine Quick Time – Shannon Barry
Fire Service Plus Hot Arse – Jed Bell
IDIGIT Luck Draw – Shannon Barry
QT Hard Charger – tie – Brad Foster & Geoff Ensign
Ronnies 50 – Chris Solomon
Also awarded for Feature wins over the past weeks in their respective Quarter Midgets were Haley Butler and Jaiden Lock. Both proud crew members on the night with Haley spannering on the ACT15 Harley Bishop car and Jaiden Lock on his Uncle Phil Lock’s V4.