Bill Campbell Memorial
The Super Rods took to Portland’s Southern 500 Speedway for the running of the Bill Campbell Memorial and Round Four of the Western Cup Series. It was Andrew Howard who took an early birthday present when he secured the win in the Bill Campbell Memorial ahead of Neville Gange and Michael Coad.
In the first heat of the night Coad secured the win when he led home Gange and Howard. Gange took a flag to flag win in the second heat leading home Howard and Ewan McKenzie. Heat three saw Howard claim the win ahead of McKenzie and Coad.
It was Howard and Coad who made up the front row of the 20 lap final, they were followed by Gange, McKenzie, Rob Farrer, Amy Duynhoven and Peter Duynhoven. With Jason Kavanagh unable to start with engine issues and Sally Woolstencroft with brake issues.
From the drop of the green it was Howard who took to the lead with Coad and McKenzie in close pursuit, the three lead cars continued to showcase a display of close racing until lap four when the car of Peter Duynhoven spun bringing the race to a caution.
At the restart it was again Howard who led away with Coad and McKenzie still in hot pursuit, with Coad washing high and turning his car around and once again to caution. Howard continued to lead with McKenzie in close quarters waiting for his opportunity to pounce, they continued in this fashion until lap eleven when McKenzie clipped the rear wheel of Howard with McKenzie spinning and ending up on the infield. From the restart Howard led away with McKenzie trying to return to the front of the field he clipped the wall and ended his night.
Maintaining his composure Howard continued on to make a slight break from the pack taking a strong win ahead of Gange, Coad, Farrer, Amy Duynhoven and Peter Duynhoven.
The Super Rods next meeting will be at Geelong’s Avalon Raceway on Saturday 17th of March.
The Super Rod Association would like to thank their sponsors for the Western Cup Series:
Steve and Sharon Mcgowan
Jeffrey McDonald Livestock and General Carrier
Brendan Drewry Mechanical
Video: Steve Mcgowan