Words and Images: Paul Griffin
4pm Friday 20th Jan:
Night 1 of the Lucas Oils 2017 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic looks set to explode shortly despite a heavy rain down pour overnight and grey, windy conditions throughout the day.
Over 25mm of rain fell after midnight and many of us wondered if the famed Premier Speedway would be able to run night 1 tonight .
The rain certainly made the pits a boggy affair, but the Sungold Stadium race surface appeared resilient and looked fantastic at 11am today.
Officially 107 race entries have been received, with 10 Americans travelling across the pacific all hopeful in claiming victory in Australia’s biggest Sprintcar race.
Here’s a quick look at what the morning brought:
Overnight saw solid rainfall totalling over 25mm – This is the Radar shot at 2.36 am this morning – Image from Melb BOM
The sky at 7am outside our accommodation just 3 kms from Sungold Stadium Premier Speedway looked ominous
The skies still looked ordinary approaching Sungold Stadium Premier Speedway around 11am
Shortly after this shot, mother nature gave us a little more precipitation
Not deterred – the forecast was for clearing conditions and Teams started rolling up early
The 25+ mm of overnight rain affected the pits more than the track surface
The Warrnambool clay looked great despite the heavy overnight rain
Turn 1 : Our prediction is that come A-Main tonight, this is going to be one helluva racetrack
Can’t complain: What a great track surface Sungold Stadium is – most other tracks in the country would turn to custard after 25+mm of rain
The wind was a cracker at 11am and the flags on top of Race Control were in full swing
The immaculate SA 2 (Craig Vanderstelt) was the first Sprintcar to be wheeled out
All good !!!
Let’s go Racin’ !