Challenging conditions including a late afternoon rain shower tested competitors in the Victorian Title for Super Rods at Horsham’s Blue Ribbon Raceway on Saturday night.
With 11mm of rain over the previous week, track crews had their hands full getting the track surface in a condition to suit the prestigious Victorian Title event. By the time the cars hit the track for the grand parade there was nothing to do but sit back and watch the most entertaining and challenging competition.
Blue Ribbon Raceway will be the scene for the return of the Mighty Mites of Speedway when the V8 Super Rods contest their Victorian State Title on May 5th.
Spectators will be on their feet with the always tight racing of these V8 powered machines that have evolved from the heavy hot rods of the past to now be the equivalent of a wingless V8 Sprintcar with engine capacities up to 5.5 litres (360 cu in) and the body of a Mini Minor or Suzuki Swift among others. Without the use of any aerodynamics these cars can prove to be hard to handle and the racing is sure to be hard and fast on the wide open Blue Ribbon clay.
Saturday night saw a full house at Blue Ribbon Raceway for a great night of open wheel action to start the new race season off in great style.
Featured events for the meeting were the Formula 500 for the continuation of speed weeks. 33 cars made their way to Horsham from the previous nights action at Hamilton, with most teams arriving with few issues from the nights action.
The formula 500 cars look very similar to Sprintcars with their large wings but are powered by 500cc motorbike engines and the speeds are impressive. With the formula cars divided into three fields and competing in six heat races the action began early with perfect weather greeting the race crews and spectators alike.