Horsham speedway drivers had a successful weekend competing at Portland, Warrnambool and Hamilton tracks.
Marion Kowarzike, competing in her first races for the season, won the only ladies’ race on Saturday night at Warrnambool and gained two thirds at Hamilton on Sunday.
Col Keam, in his first Standard Saloon car race, gained a first, a second and two thirds at Portland on Saturday night and finished third in the Standard Sportsman Aggregate for the night. He also had a first, two seconds and a third at the Hamilton raceway.
Keith Baker, in his new car, competing at Portland for the first time, gained a thirds and was sixth in the aggregate.
Ron Frew, in his Standard Sportsman, gained two first and a third at Hamilton despite tough competitions from local drivers. Gary Frew also managed to gain a third placing.
Ray Harris, competing in the A Grade Standard Saloon event at Hamilton was first.
Horsham racing car drivers Kevin Baker and Peter Mirtschin scored their first wins for the season at a Hamilton meeting at the weekend.
Baker and Mirtschin both members of Horsham Motor Sports Club, each took a first place in the Standard Sportsman section.
More than 60 cars from as far as Warrnambool, Portland, Coleraine, Hamilton, Horsham, Stawell and Mortlake competing at the meeting.
An official of the Horsham club said yesterday it was the best day’s racing for the season. He said cars raced under excellent conditions. A large crowd attended the meeting and there was strong competition in all races.
Horsham Driver, Eric Davison, starting from 10th position, weaved his way thought the field to win the first Victorian Standard Sportsman championship on Saturday night. The championship was decided at Premier Speedway, Allansford.
Davison caught the leader Des Couch, on the 16th lap of the 25-lap championship, but took a further three laps to pass him.
Couch was probably the unlucky driver of the race in that, after leading for 19 laps, he was unable to keep up the pace because of engine trouble. He managed to last to take fourth position.