The Hi-Tech Ag Supermod Country Round
The Esperance Holden Speedway held the Supermod Country Round and South East Open Championships on January 11, proudly supported by Hi-tech Ag Solutions. A bumper crowd turned out to witness a well-supported field of Supermod drivers that made the trek to Esperance from all over WA. Drivers included local hopefuls Neville Williams and Dave Scott, who both had solid drives throughout the heats. Unfortunately, Williams was a non-starter for the feature, while Scott's front row start for the final was short lived. Suspension issues on Scott's machine found him spectating from the infield moments before the green light.
Narrogin-based Darren Aylmore was in fine form, winning two of his qualifying heats before leading the field away in the feature. The wind in Aylmore's face was short-lived as he spun the car exiting turn two, dropping back to the rear of the field upon re-entry. Darren's son Braeden Aylmore had early pace and a heat win before contact with the back straight concrete would see him lose a wheel, ending his night. Grant Campbell was out in front during his second heat before mechanical failure would see another retirement. Ravensthorpe's Gary Walker was enjoying himself, running the high line all night before mechanical failure in his final heat would see yet another retirement prior to the feature race.
The 20-lap feature would continue the theme of the evening, survival of the fittest. After an early lead by Aylmore, Darryl Smith would hit the front and not put a foot wrong for the remainder of the race. Smith would take the chequered flag over second place of Jamie Ward and third place of Mark Broome.
The New Era Shearing Junior Sedan All-Stars of Brown brothers Cameron, Kaden and Logan battled against each other all evening. Cameron would prove too strong for his brothers going undefeated throughout the heats and feature. Rookie Junior drivers Chris Dickerson and Charlie Tate fought hard all night, both taking race wins and finishing on equal points at the end of the night. Hayley Dickerson managed to finish second while newcomer Kayde Anthony would get his first podium in third place. George Tate received the Esperance Ag and Trade encouragement award.
Top-Star Junior driver of Hayden Mortimer was away competing at the Junior Sedan National Title in Collie, finishing sixth in the B-main after extensive damage during heat 2. Mortimer had a busy repair schedule before competing at the State Title a week later in Narrogin, finishing fifth in the B-main. Congratulations to Hayden for representing Esperance at both National and State Titles.
The Esperance Outdoor Power Equipment Street Stocks were out in force with fast-paced side by side racing. Linton Dickerson and Wade Rigney both took home wins. Rookie Nathan Fletcher found the loud pedal on the high line before the concrete said hello in heat three. A fast-paced Brenton Bridges would lead the field throughout the feature, before a photo finish saw Dylan Williams take the chequered flag by the narrowest of margins. Overall points conclusion saw Dickerson on the top step, followed by William and Bridges.
Five street stock drivers of Linton Dickerson, Wade Rigney, Zane Humphrys, Brenton Bridges and Kyran Bridges head to Manjimup over Australia Day long weekend, competing in the West Australian Street Stock State Title. All drivers have been in great form all season and we wish them all the best representing Esperance.
The Natrad Esperance Production sedans saw Blake Fletcher continue his form from last meeting, taking the top step of the podium again. Josh Stewart had his commodore on song, placing second to Fletcher with Dwayne Meagher grabbing a happy third. Unfortunately, Sean Barrett's mechanical woes continued, the No.9 commodore retiring from the evening. Jeff Dickersen, Neville Mansted and Tye Tyrrel would have some great battles but all would not be enough for the flying charade of Fletcher.
The Esperance Combined Tyre and Mechanical Burnout division were back in action frying tyres. The speedway's water truck driver of Michael Green traded the truck for his AU Falcon with a strong performance put forward. Jamie Goodwin had the boost wound up on the turbo powered skyline as Sheehan Varney continued his strong skills with millimetre perfect use of the concrete in his BA Falcon. Shannon Anthony and Jake Cracknell had the V8 Commodore fired back up returning to the top step of the podium, Varney and Goodwin finishing 2nd and 3rd respectively. Burnout drivers are now getting excited for their next event, Coastal Carnage to be held at the Esperance Holden Speedway on February 21.
A month's rest from speedway now takes place, however, the next meeting is one nobody wants to miss. World Series Sprintcars will be here in Esperance on February 14, yes that's right Friday Night is Speedway Night! The best contracted sprintcar drivers are heading west and Esperance is stop number one. So, make the most of Valentines day and get out to The Esperance Holden Speedway.
Credit- Bronty Humphrys.