Coad Takes Snoopy Slam
Cobden’s Michael Coad secured the win in the inaugural Snoopy's Super Rod Slam when the Super Rods took to Heytesbury Stockfeed's Simpson Speedway on Saturday 9th of January when he led home Paul Verhoeven and Ewan McKenzie.
The Super Rods were eager to get back to their first race meeting since March after the Covid lockdown. With the race dedicated to Cobden’s John “Snoopy” Verhoeven which was established to say “Thank you” for his ongoing contribution to the class starting in the 1980’s.
In the first heat it was Paul Verhoeven who secured the win ahead of Walsh with McKenzie home in third, this heat was marred when Jamie May rolled his car before a lap could be completed. The second heat of the night saw Walsh secure the win ahead of the fast finishing Dane Court with May rounding out the top three.
The line up for the final saw Walsh out of position one with Verhoeven coming from two, they were followed by Court, McKenzie, Allan Pitcher, May, Gerrard Mabbitt, Rod Smith, George Woolstencroft, Paul Baker, Neville Gange and with Coad coming from position twelve having failed to complete a heat race.
Verhoeven managed to get the jump on Walsh at the drop of the green. Walsh kept the pressure on with May and Court both looking for an opportunity. The first yellow came out on lap eight when Walsh, May and Court got tangled up heading into turn one. Walsh and Court were unable to rejoin the race.
At the restart, Verhoeven was instantly under attack from May, with Coad moving his way through the field and into fourth. May held the pressure on the unnerved Verhoeven until lap 14 when something let go in his steering, ending his charge by hitting the wall on the back straight.
As the race resumed it was Coad who seized his opportunity to dive under Verhoeven and into the lead with Verhoeven, McKenzie and Gange in pursuit. However, nothing could stop the determined Coad who came from the rear to take out the inaugural Snoopy’ Super Rod Slam ahead of Verhoeven and McKenzie third, they were followed by Gange, Pitcher, Smith and Woolstencroft.
At the presentations a very emotional Coad was thrilled having started his involvement in Super Rods at a young age pit crewing to becoming the first victor of this event. Thanking his Family, Duynhoven Family, Crew, his sponsors and the event sponsors.
The Super Rods will return to Heytesbury Stockfeed’s Simpson Speedway next Saturday night where they will compete against the SDAV Hotrods in the Southern Rod Shootout.
The Super Rod Association would like to thank the valued Sponsors of this event in Compass Powercoating & Metal Work, Elite Maintenance & Contracting, Sacrifice Scooters, DirtX Industries, Camperdown Truck & Ag, Quicktime Automotive, DK Race Parts, Jim Gronbeck, Clinten Scott & Selina Grayland, Walsh Family Racing and Paul Verhoeven.