A huge number of competitors assembled under gray skies to kick off the 2019/20 season at the Robertson Holden International Speedway last night.
A capacity 36-car Superstock field featured visitors from all around the country, with placings shared around as competitors worked bugs out of their newly rebuilt machines. 19p Josh Dorn won the first race of the season, with 8p Scott Miers looking good in the ex-Jake Baker beast taking out the feature. 471k Benji Sneddon was also right on the pace, picking up a race win.
Similar numbers in the Stockcar class saw even more retirements and action, with half of the field failing to reach the finish line of the opening race. 15p Luke Miers won the first and almost pipped 6v Dion Mooney in the feature, spinning the race leader across the finish line but narrowly missing out. 5b Regan Penn won the second race and was quick all night.
Sprintcar 21w Stephen Taylor had an eventful evening, looking rapid on his way to a race win and cantering away in the lead of the feature. That was until his car caught a rut and was spat into the catch fence, handing the win to 2nzp Jamie Larsen. 18p Greg Pickerill was victorious in the second race.
93p Karl McGill got the better of 2nzp Shane Dewar in the opening Minisprint outing, but came a cropper with the first roll of the season in the following race. 53v Dylan Smith took out the second and 72p Elliot Heron led much of the feature, but was eventually overwhelmed by Dewar.
A big field of Sidecars had their feature races trimmed from the programme as the rain affected surface became unsuitable. 5p Kieran Payne & Mikey O’Neill took the best win of the night, resisting the challenge of 96p Mark Whye & Jacob Cooper and 21p Glen Murray & Ann Plummer. 27b Craig Boaler & Tony Drake had a race win and retired while leading their second, handing victory to 24p Stu Sowry & Dean Harding.
Race One: 19p Josh Dorn, 7w Shane Davis, 471k Benji Sneddon, 25s Wayne Moss, 95n Alex Hill, 32p Graeme Barr - Fastest Lap: 471k - 19.0020
Race One: 471k, 8p Scott Miers, 371k Dan Pole, 39p Michel Willemsen, 64r Jeremy Sinclair, 34p Rebecca Barr - Fastest Lap: 471k - 18.2302
Feature: 8p, 513r Callum Flavell, 95p Clive Elliot, 95n, 64r, 471k - Fastest Lap: 28s - 18.1922
Race One: 15p Luke Miers, 29g James Clarke, 667p Hamish McLeod, 17s Kurt Vickery, 5b Regan Penn, 79p Kyle Rowe - Fastest Lap: 28p - 19.9777
Race Two: 5b, 82p Roydon Winstanley, 992p Taylor Lampp, 6v Dion Mooney, 667p, 15p - Fastest Lap: 5b - 19.2980
Feature: 6v, 15p, 82p, 93p Kane Dittmer, 88h Justin Hutchby, 26v Kaelin Mooney - Fastest Lap: 992p - 19.3902
Race One: 21w Stephen Taylor, 2nzp Jamie Larsen, 84p Dean Cooper, 22a Dean Brindle, 18p Greg Pickerill, 6n Alicia Hill - Fastest Lap: 21w - 13.5672
Race Two: 18p, 22a, 2nzp, 21w, 84p, 6n - Fastest Lap: 18p - 14.0637
Feature: 2nzp, 22a, 18p, 84p, 6n, 8p Paul Donovan - Fastest Lap: 21w - 13.9144
Race One: 93p Karl McGill, 2nzp Shane Dewar, 18s Daniel Nickel, 72p Elliot Heron, 82s Cameron Hurley, 13p Tony Johnson - Fastest Lap: 93p - 15.7879
Race Two: 53v Dylan Smith, 72p, 2nzp, 58s Bailey Betts, 33s Kurt Phillips, 18s - Fastest Lap: 2nzp - 15.9638
Feature: 2nzp, 72p, 53v, 58s, 33s, 82s - Fastest Lap: 2nzp - 15.4469
Group One - Race One: 18p Kim Hajnal & Wayne Brown, 84p Jimmy Hotton & Nick Dunne
Group Two - Race One: 27b Craig Boaler & Cameron Paterson, 8p Rob Miller & Raymond George
Group Three - Race One: 5p Kieran Payne & Mikey O’Neill, 96p Mark Whye & Jacob Cooper, 21p Glen Murray & Ann Plummer, 17p Tony Hislop & Matt Stewart
Group One - Race Two: 24p Stu Sowry & Dean Harding, 26p Josh Lambert & Ange Pogson
Group Two - Race Two: 17p, 32p Sam Carter & Haydn Combs, 18p, 84p, 10p John West & Gower Morton
Race One: 92v Jemma Barnes, 56p Holly Lowe, 157p Jack Lammas-Martin, 4b Courtney Hatton, 87p Thomas Rumble-Faram, 44p Dylan Barclay - Fastest Lap: 72b - 21.7650
Race Two: 83p Ayrton Smith, 44p, 157p, 72b Josh Smith, 87p, 29p Steven Sowry - Fastest Lap: 72b - 20.5915
Feature: 157p, 72b, 29p, 25p Hamish McGirr, 44p, 56p - Fastest Lap: 72b - 20.5777
Race One: 32s Liam Whelan, 72b Bailey Smith, 95r Mitchell Fabish, 55p Max Lowe, 4b Zach Hatton, 23r Caleb Ashton - Fastest Lap: 72b - 20.8512
Race Two: 12p Seth Hodge, 55s Caleb Coxhead, 212r Terrance Dorell, 77p Kurtis Tinetti, 72b, 94w Ethan Donahue
Feature: 21p Cody Hodge, 212r, 55p, 94w, 4b, 12p - Fastest Lap: 72b - 20.4577