Wahgunyah Speedway put together a great nights entertainment on March the 4th with a number of important feature races being held for regular club classes, one of the biggest events was won by Corowa local Clint Henderson when he claimed victory in the GOSA 1000 for his Goulburn Ovens Sedan Association, others included Jamie Paull in Sports Sedans and Shelby Collins in Ladies Open Sedans.
With the potential of a thunderstorm during the night, the Wahgunyah officials and volunteers ran a pretty tight show and left themselves plenty of time for the finals as the rain broke off either side of the Speedway and avoided the area all together.
With Victorian Champion Ross Maclean unable to make it to the feature race for Goulburn Ovens Sedans, a top eight pole shuffle delighted fans with Clint Henderson making his way from around eighth place all the way into the pole position as he knocked off the likes of Troy Frost, Jack Milthorpe, Chelsea Cornelius and Nathan Shortis all before him.
Henderson then led every lap of a fifteen lap final with Frost, Cornelius and Milthorpe swapping places between them for second to fourth. Eventually Henderson held of Frost who started to catch the leader in the closing laps then Milthorpe, Shortis and Daniel Creek rounded out the top five. There were six different winners in the heat racing showing just how competitive the night was with Frost, Henderson, Creek, Maclean, Milthorpe and Cornelius winning those.
The Ladies race was all kinds of exciting as Gemma Laidlaw held the lead for some time. She was challenged by the very fast Lisa McPherson who won two of the three qualifying races and spun out of contention in the other, Alyce Iaria and eventual winner Shelby Collins for a number of laps. A huge crash wrecking the McPherson car with the driver bruised changed the race and Collins made her move and took the lead and the win. Laidlaw was second ahead of Iaria, Fleur Heiner and Kayla Knox.
Sports Sedan action also included a pole shuffle which included Liam Powell entertaining as he picked through some of the cars ahead of him. Come the feature race, Victorian Champion and Melbourne race driver Jamie Paull with consistent speed held of fierce challenges from Powell, Shane Kruger who had won all three of his qualifying races and Corey Knox to take the win from Knox, Kruger, Powell and Craig Cottier.
Grand Prix Midgets series action finished with Jason Crawford the winner ahead of Trevor Perry giving Crawford a little bit of bragging rights and confidence heading into next month’s Australian title at the same venue. Lisa Chalcraft finished third with Chris Fowler and Sean Denning rounding out the top five.
In the first round of the Junior Sedan Track Championship, Daniel Powell from Beechworth got the win in front of Toby Carmichael, Jake Cottier, Josh Trainor and Will Heiner whilst the Holden Humpy’s could have been mistaken for being a Demolition Derby earlier in their demonstrations.
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For Corowa – Rutherglen Speedway Club t/a Wahgunyah Speedway