McKenzie Takes The Cup
It was Peterborough’s Ewan McKenzie who claimed his third Super Rod Cup when the Super Rods competed at Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway Sungold Stadium last Saturday 27th of February. McKenzie led for 10 of the event’s 15 laps to claim the win ahead of Allan Pitcher and Paul Verhoeven.
The first heat of the night saw Dane Court with an all the ways win when he led home Jamie May with Billy Grist home in third. May was the victor in heat two when he led home McKenzie and Pitcher. The final heat of the night saw May claim a strong win ahead of George Woolstencroft and Paul Verhoeven.
It was high point scorer May who took pole position for the final with Court on his outside, they were followed by McKenzie, Verhoeven, Pitcher, Woolstencroft, Howard Stansfield, Grist and Peter Gale.
It was May who set the pace from the drop of the green leading the way from Court, McKenzie and Pitcher. With McKenzie moving into second the following lap. With the cars of May and McKenzie locked in an entertaining duel it was McKenzie who moved to the front in lap five, however a determined May continued to apply pressure. In lap 11 May ran a little too low on the track and fell victim to a tractor tyre marking the pole line and losing ground, the race came to a caution in lap 12 when Grist and another competitor made contact with Grist collecting the wall.
This saw the field regrouped with four laps remaining, it was McKenzie leading the way with Pitcher, Verhoeven , Stansfield and May in pursuit. However, the wily veteran was never headed and went on to take a clear win ahead of Pitcher, Verhoeven, Stansfield, May, Court, Gale and Woolstencroft.
McKenzie having claimed his first Super Rod Cup in 1987 and second thirty years later in 2017 went on to complete his trifecta. The next meeting for Super Rods will be the 20/21 Victorian Super Rod Title at Western Speedway Hamilton on the 13th of March.
Photo: Corey Gibson