Coad Wins 2018 Victorian Title
The 2018 Victorian Super Rod Title was held on Saturday 5th of May at Horsham’s Blue Ribbon Raceway where it was Cobden’s Michael Coad who took the honours when he led home Peterborough’s Ewan McKenzie and Warrnambool’s Howard Stansfield.
In the first heat of the night it was Neville Gange who secured the win when he led home Coad and Troy Gleeson. McKenzie took an all the ways win in the second heat leading home Adrian Rieck and Darryl Nelson.
The third heat of the night saw a green to checker win for Rieck ahead of Nelson and Tim Rankin. In heat four it was Howard Stansfield who claimed the win from Quentin Tanner and Gange.
Tanner secured a strong win in the fifth heat with Howard Stansfield second and McKenzie third. The final heat of the night saw Rankin lead for eight of the ten laps before Coad was able to work his way to the front, at the drop of the checker it was Coad from Rankin with Rob Farrer third.
The line-up for the 2018 Victorian Title saw Tanner and Coad making up the front row, they were followed by Howard Stansfield and Rieck, Gange, McKenzie, Nelson, Rankin, Farrer, Gleeson, defending title holder Andrew Howard, Sally Woolstencroft, Duane Cordina and Jason Kavanagh. With Grant Stansfield breaking his tailshaft while leading heat one and David Duynhoven with engine issues unable to take their places on the track.
At the drop of the green it was Tanner who made the most of the starts leading away from Coad, as Tanner entered turn three he washed high allowing Coad and Stanfield to move through. The race came to a caution in lap three when the car of Cordina came to a halt.
Coad led away at the restart from Stansfield, Tanner, McKenzie and Rieck. In lap six McKenzie moved into third position, when Tanner rode the rear wheel of Stansfield and washed high. With 18 laps remaining the yellow flag came out when Rankin rolled to a stop and was pushed infield.
The restart saw Coad charge to the lead with Stansfield and McKenzie hot on his heels, with Coad establishing a slight break the battle between the veterans of Stansfield and McKenzie was fierce with wheel to wheel action. While behind Gange, Tanner, Rieck and Howard were also fighting their way forward before a stoppage when the car of Gleeson spun in lap thirteen.
With Coad continuing to set the pace with the return of the green, leading away from Stansfield, McKenzie and Gange. Coad was able to establish a handy lead before encountering lapped traffic with one lap remaining. At the drop of the Checker it was Coad who secured the well-deserved win ahead of McKenzie in second who made a last lap pass relegating Stansfield to third. They were followed by Howard who had moved from his eleventh starting position, Gange, Kavanagh, Gleeson, Farrer and Woolstencroft. A delighted Coad thanked car owner Mario Nastasi and all of the Nastasi Racing team, his family and sponsors.
The Super Rods next meeting will see them travel to Swan Hill’s Sonic Speedway over the Queen’s Birthday weekend where they will contest both Saturday 9th and Sunday the 10th of June.