Bill Campbell Memorial Win for Gleeson
The Super Rods travelled to Portland’s Southern 500 Speedway last Saturday night to contest the Bill Campbell Memorial. It was Laang’s Troy Gleeson who secured the win ahead Shaun Walsh and Ewan McKenzie.
In the first heat of the night it was McKenzie who claimed a strong win when he led home Peter Duynhoven and Jamie May. Heat two saw Michael Coad go flag to flag leading home Shaun Walsh and Jason Kavanagh.
Gleeson stormed home in heat three taking the win ahead of Duynhoven and Walsh. Heat four saw Neville Gange claim the win ahead of May and Zac Farrer.
Gange went back to back in the fifth heat when he led home Coad and Kavanagh. The final heat of the night went the way of Farrer leading home May and McKenzie.
The line-up for the final saw Gange and May making up the front row, they were followed by Farrer, Gleeson, Kavanagh, McKenzie, Coad, Duynhoven, Walsh, George Woolstencroft and Paul Singleton.
May made the best of the starts charging to the lead ahead of Gange, Gleeson, McKenzie and Coad. With Coad accounting for McKenzie in lap seven, before coming unstuck in lap eight as he attempted to move past Gleeson.
With the fog rolling in as the cars made their restart it was again May who led away from Gange, Gleeson and McKenzie, The field remained very close as the drivers put on one of the great displays of racing for which the Super Rods are renowned.
Gleeson endured with the high line and in lap sixteen was able to move past both Gange and May as the trio entered the turn three wide. With Walsh who had been working his way through the field moving into second from his ninth starting position the following lap. Gleeson was able to break free from his pursuers while the battle for the minors remained. However at the end of twenty laps it was Gleeson who secured the Bill Campbell Memorial ahead of Walsh and McKenzie who clipped the wall just past the checker and narrowly avoided rolling over. Then came May, Gange, Farrer, Kavanagh, Woolstencroft and Singleton.
The Super Rod’s next meeting will be on Saturday 30th of March where they will vie for honours at the Super Rod Cup at Warrnambool’s Sungold Stadium Premier Speedway.
Video: Steve McGowan