The third meeting of the 2017/18 Murray Machining and Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway season was cut short by persistent misty rain on Saturday night after the completion of just one main event. After an entertaining National Karate Wingless Sprints A-Main, that was won by Michael Spoljaric, the Farm Fresh Markets AMCA National feature would only get seven of the scheduled twenty laps completed before the conditions became less than ideal for racing and the decision was made to cancel the remaining events leaving the AMCA Nationals, Formula 500’s, Street Stocks, Junior Sedans and the Speedcars without an official winner.
The Wingless Sprints saw a field of 12 drivers front for action with the heat winners on the night being rookie Jack McCarthy and last start feature winner Matthew Kennedy, Due to his heat win McCarthy would start on the pole for the 20-lap final with Spoljaric, who had recorded two top 5 results, starting alongside.
The opening lap would see the demise of McCarthy who was caught out by the freshly prepared race track as he involved in an incident with Brett Ireland. Ireland, who was making his first start of the season would continue and go on to finish third behind race winner Spoljaric and Anthony Tapley. Mount Gambier’s Mitchell Broome, Matthew Kennedy, Victorian Todd Hobson, Jamie Andrews and Renee Pestka would complete the finishers.
In the other classes the racing was extremely close all evening and it was a real shame that the drivers and the crowd on hand were not treated to a complete program.
Heat race winners on the night included Darren McCarthy and Jake Armstrong (AMCA Nationals), Lockie Cates and Austin McDonald (F500), Matt Maynard, Carey Weston and Nigel Reichstein (Street Stocks) and Tyson Greig, Drew Flatman and Aaron Tranter in the Junior Sedans.
The night also saw a number of Spirited Demonstrations from a field of Vintage Hot/Stock Rods, a number of two lap dashes for the small field of Speedcars and the debut run of young female racer Cheian Perrett in her #98 360ci Sprintcar.
The next event on the Murray Machining and Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway season calendar is this Saturday night (October 28) with a “Tin Top Treat” featuring Late Models, Super Sedans, Street Stocks, Junior Sedans and Modlites.
Gates open 2pm with action from 4pm Adults $15, Pensioners $15, Kids (age 13-15 yr old) $10, Family Pass (2 Adults and 2 Children) $40 Kids 12 & Under FREE. Upgrades in the new turn one corporate area are available along with seats in the Ross Wright VIP Function Centre in turn four. Public gates open at 2.00pm Action starts from 5.00pm. Tickets are now available at www.speedwaytickets.com.au. Phone: (08) 8532 1150 Kennett Rd Bridge East SA 5253.