It was a record breaking night at Sunline Speedway on Saturday Night, with a fast track producing 18 records that were either set or broken (some several times) during the meeting.
Junior Sedans competed for points towards their Track Championship as well as the Robert Gwynne Memorial with 11 drivers competing over 3 heats of 8 laps and a 15 lap feature. Heath Thorne won 2 of the heats with Drew Flatman claiming the remaining heat, claiming the front row for the feature race. Throne would go on to win the feature ahead of Jordan Grillett, Aaron Tranter, Paige Goldsack-Gwynne and Flatman in 5th.
After a dominant 2 meetings, Heath Thorne was the clear winner of the Robert Gwynne Memorial, 51pts ahead of Drew Flatman, with Jordan Grillett claiming 3rd by 6pts from Paige Goldsack-Gwynne.
With 1 round of the Track Championship to go, Jordan Grillett holds a 42pt lead over Drew Flatman with Heath Thorne, Paige Goldsack-Gwynne and Thomas Richter rounding out the top 5.
Street Stocks had a large number of drivers nominated and with several not being able to make it to the venue still had 12 drivers in attendance. Steve Heinrich, Cade Cox and Matt Maynard won the 3 heats, with Maynard and Cade Cox starting from the front row for the 25 feature. All drivers raced well, with the 25 laps being run without incident, the first time this has occurred at the venue. Steve Heinrich claimed the win as well as the 25 lap track record, with Jamie Stewart, Cade Cox, Tony Prideaux and Andrew Hardacre rounding out the top 5.
Super Sedans contested the final round of their Country Series with 6 drivers racing including debutant Shane Lambe in the #66 Sunline Speedway machine. Kym Jury and Steve Schwarz took a heat win each as well as trading 1 lap track record times. Steve Schwarz would ultimately claim the 1 lap record, the feature win as well as the 20 lap track record. Kym Jury finished 2nd in the feature ahead of Jason Gantz, Shane Lamb and Robert Uren.
Kym Jury didn’t walk away empty handed, taking out the 3 round Country Series despite missing a round. Steve Schwartz claimed 2nd narrowly ahead of the consistent Robert Uren and Michael Brown.
8 Modlites were in attendance including the surprise return of Ty Forrestal who was still recovering from a nasty crash at Riverland Speedway back in March. Brain Chadwick and Brook Alexander took the 2 heat wins on offer and start near the rear due to the Modlites unique fastest to the rear format for the feature race. Justin Plaisted made the most the of passing opportunities to power to the front and claim the feature win and establish a 15 lap track record ahead of Brook Alexander, Brian Chadwick and Scott Webb.
AMCA Nationals had a lower car count than at previous events with only 6 drivers competing. Heat wins went to Frank Thierry and Lachie Gwynne but it was consistency Jason Robinson that would allow his to start from pole in the feature. Frank Thierry took the win and the 12 lap track record ahead of Jason Robinson, Lachie Gwynne, Mark Janssan and Marcus Rigney. Jason Robinson and Lachie Gwynne didn’t go home empty handed, with Jason claiming the 1 lap record and Lachie the 8 lap track record.
Wingless Sprints made an exciting return to the venue with track records being broken a total of 6 times over the evening. Throughout the night, it was a battle between Ben Harris and William Caruso, not just for the wins but the records. The pair won a heat race each to line up alongside each other for the feature with William Caruso taking the win and setting a new 10 lap track record ahead of Ben Harris, Melissa McMillan and Anthony McMillan. It was a night to remember for William Caruso, who also took out the 1 and 6 lap track records.
Modified Sedans only had 4 drivers competing, with Peter McCarthy the only interstate driver to make the trip across the border. Justin Demaine won heat 1, with Peter McCarthy winning heat 2 and setting a new 6 lap record. With the retirement of Marty Raams, only 3 cars took to the track for the 10 lap feature, with Peter McCarthy winning ahead of Trevor Raams with Justin Demaine retiring.
The final meeting of the 2017/18 season is the traditional day meeting over the June long weekend, Sunday 10th June. On the program will be the Steve Butcher Memorial for Street Stocks, the Modified Sedan Championship, the final of the Junior Sedans Track Championship, Super Sedans, Modlites and AMCA’s. Gates to open at 10am, with on track action commencing from 12 noon.