Blue Ribbon Raceway produced some exciting racing for Round 7 of the ‘Fire Service Plus – All Star Series’ for Sprintcars on Saturday.
The ACT26 Argus Racing QT Chassis driver Tony Moule showed why he is called ‘Mr. Excitement’ as he took out the feature win. Leading the 30 lap main from start to finish he took out a comfortable win over ACT15 Harley Bishop, with SA33 Mark Caruso, V4 Phil Lock and V97 Colin Brooks rounding out the top 5.
Moule and Noonan lined up on the front row for the start and Brooks and Caruso behind them, any of these 4 could have taken out the win. Moule got the start and Brooks was up into second on the first lap. Brooks showed his nose to Moule in the early stages but had a moment in turn 2 which dropped him back to 8th. Bishop took advantage of this and went up into second. The SA33 Caruso Team finally locked in a podium and hopefully took the monkey off their back for the rest of the season. “Farmer Phil” Lock in the V4 Cool moved forward cautiously and bought the car home in the top 5.
Youngster Jamie Hennessey in the V21 Hennessy Transport car had his second run in the 360 and showed his ability behind the wheel. Hennessy has run Formula 500’s in the past and will be one to watch next season when the team takes on 360’s full time. SA86 Brendan Guerin made the trip from Broken Hill and looked impressive in the early part of the night only to have mechanical problems that turned him hard right into the wall in turn 1 ending his night’s racing. Guerin recently won the Speedway Australia’s Rising Star Award.
Series Coordinator Mandy Searle said that “All drivers commented on what a great track the Horsham Club gave us. Again we had minimal damage on the night – with not 1 roll over on the night to bring out the reds. It’s awesome when this happens – I just love it, to get a night thru without any major car damage and to still have close racing it’s a credit to all the drivers.”
The Blue Ribbon V8 Truck Feature saw some hard fought battles with Fletcher Mills and Luke James sharing heat race wins. It was left up to James to take the podium for the final with Mills ending his night after heat 4 with a blown engine.
Local Street Stock driver Luke James had some tough competition on his hands from visiting Stawell driver Justin Sadler, both drivers sharing in heat wins for the night. Horsham’s Richard Bansemer had a few “teething problems” with his new car but managed to pull it together for a 2nd and 3rd in heat races.
Local 1200 Juniors driver Gemma Horrocks took on the interstate contingent with 5 drivers making the trip from South Australia for the nights racing. Mount Gambier’s Jayden Edwards took out the heat wins for the night with Gemma finishing with two second places and two third places in heats.
Wimmera speedway fans will not have long to wait before Blue Ribbon Raceway fires up with the Formula 500 Victorian Title on March 10th & 11th. With a massive field of nominations anticipated it should be a great weekend of racing with drivers fighting it out for the all elusive Victorian 1 on the their car. The track will also be putting on their annual Demolition Derby on the Sunday rounding out a big weekend of family fun!