With more than 50 cars signing in for the final night of the Geelong Harley Davidson Easter Sprintcar Trail as presented by Cassign tonight’s racing at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool with challenging track conditions greeting the hugely talented field.
The final 30-lap feature of the 2018 Easter Trail saw controversy abound as the race leader John Vogels and second placed Corey McCullagh came together in sight of the checkered flag.
To some what then looked like a win to Luke Walker, resulted in the yellow flag coming out and a green-white-checker finish required, with Vogels sent to the rear and McCullagh inheriting the race lead.
What followed was even more drama as Domain Ramsay tagged the front straight wall and endured a wild ride that all but destroyed the once pristine V2. A re-run of the green-white-checker didn’t fare much better when the ever-hard charging Rusty Hickman also upended his V40 entry on the exit of turn four.
Thankfully at the third attempt, despite yet more near misses the checkered flag eventually flew for Corey McCullagh who capped off an amazing 2017-18 season at Premier Speedway enroute to the $5,000.00 pay day.
Chasing McCullagh to the line was the unlucky Luke Walker (V67) with Jack Lee (V25) returning to form with an Easter Trail podium finish in third.
During the night there were ten heats contested with wins going the way of Domain Ramsay (V2), Jamie Veal (V35), Corey McCullagh (V90), Glen Sutherland (S20), John Vogels (V70), Jake Tranter (S45), Jake Smith (V72), Bobby Daly (V8), Jordyn Charge (V60) and Jock Goodyer (T22).
The C-Main was next on the program and the four drivers to progress to the tail of the B-Main were the impressive Jake Smith (V72), David Murcott (V88), Ryan Davis (V95) and Kristy Ellis (V12).
The 20 lap B-Main saw a further four drivers extend their Easter Trail by another 30 racing laps. They were: Rusty Hickman (V40), Jessie Attard (N53), Grant Anderson (V37) and Jye O’Keeffe (V42)
The 30-lap A-Main was stacked with high end talent, as evidenced by the race long battles that ensured, despite the fast, hooked up conditions.
The final finishing order for the A-Main was: 1st: V90 Corey McCullagh, 2ND: V67 Luke Walker, 3RD: V25 Jack Lee, 4TH: S63 Ryan Jones, 5TH: VA88 Grant Stansfield; 6th: T22 Jock Goodyer, 7th: V70 John Vogels, 8th: V35 Jamie Veal; 9th V42 Jye O’Keeffe, 10th: V17 Dennis Jones; 11th: V45 Mike Van Bremen; 12th: V40 Rusty Hickman; 13th: V2 Domain Ramsay; 14th: V52 Darren Mollenoyux; 15th: N53 Jessie Attard, 16th S20 Glen Sutherland; 17th S19 Bradley Keller and 18th V37 Grant Anderson.
The top ten in overall points for the 2018 Easter Sprintcar Trail was as follows:
1. V35 Jamie Veal (615 points) 2. V42 Jye O’Keeffe (545 points) 3. V90 Corey McCullagh (535 points) 4. V17 Dennis Jones (520 points) 5. V37 Grant Anderson (515 points) 6. W17 James McFadden (440 points) 7. V67 Luke Walker (420 points) 8. V52 Darren Mollenoyux (365 points) 9. V70 John Vogels (355 points) 10. S19 Bradley Keller (350 points).
The Parr Motorsports Sprintcar Track Premiership was also decided for the 2017-18 season. Jamie Veal did enough to keep Darren Mollenoyux at bay eventually saluting by just 20 points. Throughout the course of the night McCullagh was able to leap frog up and coming star Peter Doukas for third place while Glen Sutherland rounded out the top five.
A good field of Super Rods were also in attendance for their annual Super Rod Cup.
The heat race wins went the way of Victorian Champion Andrew Howard, Howard Stansfield, Darryl Nelson and Michael Coad.
The final went the way of David Cook in a very popular result in his return to the Super Rod ranks, ahead of Quentin Tanner who capped off a strong weekend results wise with Andrew Howard again impressing in third.
They were followed home by Ewan McKenzie (4th), Troy Gleeson (5th), Howard Stansfield (6th), Neville Gange (7th), Adrian Rieck (8th), Darryl Nelson (9th), Peter Gale (10th), Amy Duynhoven (11th), David Duynhoven (12th), George Woolstencroft (13th) and Michael Coad 14th).
The next race meeting at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool will be held on Saturday April 14, 2018 and will feature the Victorian Title for 360 Sprintcars, as well as a Super Sedan Feature that so far has attracted a stout line-up of cars along with the final round of the Victorian Modified Production Association Series.
All race fans are reminded that tickets for this event are available only on a walk-up basis, with a family of two adults and two children being admitted for just $30.00.
Single Adult admission will be $15.00.
More information is available at www.premierspeedway.com.au