After declaring that the Murray Machining and Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway wasn’t one of his favourites at his last outing at the venue Tasmanian Callum Harper put any concerns, he may have to rest last Saturday night as he won the Ultimate Pink Night Late Model A-Main in dominating fashion. Following an opening lap pile-up, the race then ran flag to flag and at the completion of 20 laps Harper established a new 20 lap track record.
Second place in the main event went the way of Ryan Alexander, who ran the entire 20 lap journey without a left rear shock following the opening corner melee that saw the #8 of Fiona Verhoeven slam hard into the right side of the Club 29 Chevrolet SS.
Tasmanian Brad Smith was next across the line some four seconds back from Alexander with Verhoeven driving an impressive race to finish fourth ahead of Mat Crimmins, who was the last driver on the lead lap. Steve Vaughan, Gary Bryans and Luke Raymond rounded out the finishers.
A total of 12 cars signed in to contest the evening, including debutante Andy Maxwell Jr, with the field being divided into three groups with each driver set to compete in two heats. With the meeting featuring “The Ultimate Pink Night” it was great to see the #10 Rocket of Mat Crimmins getting right behind the Breast Cancer Foundation with a bright bold pink #10 on the door along with pink wheel covers that were later auctioned.
Heat one saw a fitting result as Warrnambool’s Fiona Verhoeven held on to claim the opening race ahead of a fast finishing Harper and Victorian Gary Bryans. Tasmanian Brad Smith was fourth across the line with Crimmins being the first local in fifth.
Harper then went one better in heat 2 as he led all 10 laps to win ahead of Ryan Alexander and Roger Oliver, who drove one of the best races of his short Late Model career. Barossa Valley racer Steve Vaughan just edged out Crimmins for fourth.
The third and final heat finally saw a South Australian driver greet the pink and white chequered flag first as Ryan Alexander defeated Vaughan, Verhoeven, Oliver and Smith.
The next SALMA sanctioned race will be at the Timmis Speedway at Mildura in Victoria on January 5, 2019.
Release by Phil Michell Motorsport Media For SALMA Pmmedia78@hotmail.com