• Perfect weather greeted the competitors for the final Whyalla Speedway event of the season on Saturday night and the crowd on hand were treated to some outstanding racing as the meeting featured four blue ribbon events including two State Championships.

    The South Australian Modified Sedan Championship attracted one of the biggest fields seen in the state for several years with 12 drivers from across SA and Victoria. Following three rounds of heats and a 25-lap finale it ended up a Victorian whitewash as the visitors filled all three podium positions. After winning the Victorian Championship a week earlier Mildura’s Jake Drewett got the better of defending Champion Peter McCarthy in a what was a titanic battle. Third place went to Nyora based racer Andrew Dike who bounced back from a tough run in the heats charging hard from the back of field. The best of the locals was Ben Whitehead who finished fourth after Terry Brown, who led the opening lap, was forced out late with a flat tyre. Rounding out the field in the final were Darren Allen, Rob Uren, Mark Janssan, Trevor Raams and Aaron Graham.

    Earlier the heat winners were Drewett, Brown and McCarthy.

    The V6 Sprints also contested their State Championship with a field of 8 cars fronting but by the time the field took to the track for the 20-lap final the field was depleted with only 6 cars taking the green. After winning the pole shuffle from position six Damien Eve started on the pole but he didn’t have the pace to stay out in front as Nick Hall regained his Championship in impressive fashion. Eve held on to second despite suffering from a steering box issue with Darryl Barkla, Renee Pfieler and Kym Simon completing the finishers.

    Nick Hall and Darryl Barkla claimed the heat races with Damien Eve winning the Pole Shuffle.

    Round 5 of the MJS Street Stock Series attracted 15 entries and the Street Stocks really turned on the action on what was a racey track. Prior to the final three rounds of heats were conducted with Paul Hayes (2), Nathan Thorne (2), Heath Thorne and Jayden Edwards greeting the chequered flag first. Hayes was clearly the standout driver as his worst result outside his heat wins was a third in heat 6 but Nathan Thorne also duplicated those results.

    Therefore, they shared the front row for the unique 30 lap final with the opening 15 laps being run in the clockwise direction. Jayden Edwards, Nigel Reichstein, Heath Thorne, Bryan Brown, Wade Fell and Adrian Jones completed the first four rows in the 15-car field.

    Prior to the change of direction, the opening 15 laps saw a great battle for the lead with Paul Hayes getting the competition caution ahead of Nathan Thorne, Edwards, Reichstein, Brown and Heath Thorne. Unfortunately, just five laps into the second leg of the final Hayes would give up the lead and retire handing the lead to Nathan Thorne. From there Thorne would pilot his Magna to the win in the Whyalla Earthworks supported final over Edwards, Reichstein, Fell, Jones, Tony Pridaux, Brown and Jake Hamilton.

    The Brian Skelton Memorial for Super Sedans, which also doubled as the final round of the United Speedway Association Country Series, saw 9 cars in the pit area but unfortunately due to various mechanical dramas the entire field wasn’t seen on track all at once. Despite the issues the racing was extremely entertaining with Paul Blenkiron becoming the third driver to add his name to the perpetual shield, joining Ryan Alexander and Kym Jury.

    Blenkiron was in fine form all evening winning two heats, finishing second in the other and then leading all 20 laps to defeat Neville Nitschke and Kym Jury. It was a great fight back for Jury as he was sent to rear of the field for spinning on lap 5. Fourth place went to impressive rookie Shane Lambe with Andrew Leach, Mitchell Rigney and Sarah Pope completing the finishers. Mick Brougham and Michael Brown failed to start the main event.

    In addition to Blenkiron Jury was the only other heat winner.

    In the Junior Sedans Chelsea Gwynne was the class of the field remaining undefeated with Lachlan Brown also performing well.

    Release By Phil Michell Motorsport Media
    For the Whyalla Speedway

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