Bellman Wins Victorian 1200cc Junior Title

The atmosphere at Horsham’s Blue Ribbon Raceway was electric as the top 20 of the 50 Junior Sedan drivers hit the track to contest the 25 lap Final of the 2011/2012 Victorian Title for 1200cc Junior Sedans on Sunday. Dion Bellman visiting victory lane in the 25 lap final, reversing last year’s result, where he finished third to his brother Chris, who this year finished third.

Dion Bellman led the race from start to finish, hard charger Mark Kinnear started from position twelve and drove a brilliant race, smashing the lap record recording an 18.848 second lap. Kinnear moved into second place with just four laps to go, passing last season’s Victorian champion Chris Bellman. Corey Lincoln finished fourth, moving to that position with five laps to go, passing Northern Territory Champion Tim Smith who eventually finished tenth. Jack Bell and Queensland driver Brody Thomsen rounded out the top six.

For Dion Bellman, it was his fourth Feature win of the season and the biggest win of his career. Local driver HO14 Gemma Horrocks had a mixed weekend finishing 3rd & 4th in her 5 heats then qualifying in pole position for the B-Main, but an incident with another car sent her to the infield with damaged front suspension ending her Victorian Title hopes.

The race meeting was hampered by rain on Saturday, with only two of the three scheduled rounds of heats run on Saturday night. The third round of heats were raced earlier on Sunday afternoon, prior to remaining two rounds of heats and balance of the Sunday program.

A huge field of 22 Street Stock drivers put on a great show over the two days. Visiting drivers Australian Champion Brad McClure and Aus 2 Mick Clark put on some excellent racing both collecting wins in heat racing along with Redline driver Lewis Clark hot off his win in a feature race at Mildura on Friday night.

The final for the street stocks was hotly contested with close and exciting racing between the leading 6 cars. Avalon driver Jason Degoldi and Horsham driver Luke James were both put rear after coming together in the early laps of the race. Mick Clark lead most of the way from Lewis Clark, Brad McClure and Horsham driver Emma Bansemer following closely behind.

Lead positions would remained the same for the duration of the event with Jason Degoldi charging his way back from the rear passing Horsham’s Emma Bansemer for 4th place.

Marsh Modifieds hosed the track with horsepower with the 6 cylinder multi-carbureted engines on the Saturday night. Unfortunately the rain hindered their feature only getting in three heats before the meeting was cancelled for the night.

Rob Taylor won Heat 1 reeling in Darryle Howe who finished second, ahead of Jamie Paull speeding from position 9 on the grid. Darryle Howe charged to the front for a win in heat 2 from Rob Taylor and Craig Devlin. Heat 3 saw Craig Devlin advance for a win edging ahead of Dale Hallet.

The roaring V8 Trucks put on a great show for the many visiting spectators that had not seen the unique class before. John Culph, Fletcher Mills, Dean Thomas and Luke James each collected race wins.