Night 1 Lucas Oil 2017 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic – Green Lights and Grey Skies

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

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 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

The skies still looked ordinary approaching Sungold Stadium Premier Speedway around 11am

Shortly after this shot, mother nature gave us a little more precipitation

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

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 25+ mm of overnight rain affected the pits more than the track surface

The Warrnambool clay looked great despite the heavy overnight rain

The Warrnambool clay looked great despite the heavy overnight rain

Turn 1 : Out prediction is that come A-Main tonight, this is going to be one helluva racetrack

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 - mots other tracks in the country would turn to custard after 25+mm of rain

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 wind was a cracker at 11am and the flags on top of Race Control were in full swing

The immaculate SA 2 was the first Sprintcar to be wheeled out

The immaculate SA 2 (Craig Vanderstelt) was the first Sprintcar to be wheeled out

All good !!!
Let’s go Racin’ !

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