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Coad Conquers Conditions

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.

Super Rods

NUMBER 1: New Victoria 1 Michael Coad powers his way to victory at Blue Ribbon. PHOTO: M&L Speedway Photography
NUMBER 1: New Victoria 1 Michael Coad powers his way to victory at Blue Ribbon.
PHOTO: M&L Speedway Photography

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.

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Super Rods to battle for State Title

Victoria #1 Andrew Howard leads a hard charging Michael Coad in recent Super Rod action. PHOTO: M&L Speedway Photography
Victoria #1 Andrew Howard leads a hard charging Michael Coad in recent Super Rod action.
PHOTO: M&L Speedway Photography

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.

With mixed results during the season and a number of different feature winners, the nod must go to the Vic #1 car of Andrew Howard to back up his win in last years title with wins at Portland, Avalon and Mt Gambier amongst others. Ewan McKenzie with wins throughout the season to go with a couple of DNF’s at Portland and Simpson will be sure to be at the front of the pack with the always hard charging Michael Coad, Quentin Tanner and Howard Stansfield definitely making the going hard for Howard.

HOT: Action will be hot in the Formula 500’s at Blue Ribbon Raceway. PHOTO: M&L Speedway Photography.
HOT: Action will be hot in the Formula 500’s at Blue Ribbon Raceway.
PHOTO: M&L Speedway Photography.

Also on the card will be the Victorian Formula 500 Stampede series final round for the season and as always these scaled down versions of a Sprintcar will have the crowd on its feet with their always hammer down style of racing.

Powered by two and four stroke engines with a capacity of up to 600cc the sound of these cars is unmistakable as they run full throttle for the majority of the race and lap times for these cars are some of the lowest of all classes. Close wheel to wheel action will be the order of the day and this can lead to spectacular incidents during the events.

Limited Sportsman will race for new prize – the Kevin Baker Challenge. Points will be awarded through out the heats for not only finishing positions but for passing as well. Points will decide the starting position of the final race and a new aggregate trophy will be awarded to the drivers with the most points from all races of the evening.

Three Litre Sedans and V8 Trucks and Limited are also scheduled to run on this the second last meeting of the year for the Horsham Motorsports Club in what has been a busy schedule with the Australian Title for Modified Production cars and a number of Victorian titles in other classes.

The club would like to thank all the fans that have and continue to support the club and allow us to bring some of the best racing to the Track in the Paddock.

Crowds flock to Speedway Opener

Formula 500 Winner: Brad Stell powers through turn three PHOTO: M&L Speedway Photography
Formula 500 Winner: Brad Stell powers through turn three
PHOTO: M&L Speedway Photography

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.

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