Coad Captures Avalon Win
Last Saturday night saw the Super Rods in action at Geelong’s Avalon raceway. Cobden’s Michael Coad secured the win in a tight finish ahead of Laang’s Troy Gleeson and Peterborough’s Ewan McKenzie.
In the first heat of the night Gleeson was able to take a green to checker win ahead of Shawn Duynhoven and McKenzie. Coad was the victor in heat two after moving forward from his seventh starting position, with Allan Pitcher finishing second and Geoff Long home in third.
Darryl Nelson secured the win in heat three when he led home Corey Deglaitis and Gleeson. The last heat of the night saw Coad take back to back wins ahead of McKenzie and Howard Stansfield.
The starting grid for the final saw Coad and Gleeson taking up their positions on the front row, they were followed by Nelson, McKenzie, Pitcher, Duynhoven, Deglaitis, Stansfield, Paul Verhoeven, Neville Gange, Sally Woolstencroft, Paul Singleton, Craig Devlin and Robert Richardson. With Geoff Long was unable to make the starting grid after motor issues.
At the drop of the green it was Coad who made the best of the starts, although the race came to caution when the car of Stansfield made heavy contact with the wall bringing on a complete restart.
Coad again capitalised on the restart leading away from Gleeson, McKenzie and Duynhoven with Coad establishing a handy lead. The battle for the minors saw a tight fought battle. Gleeson however had started to draw back in the leader and with five laps remaining he was hot on his heels.
As the lead pair encountered lapped traffic it was an enthralling duel, however at the fall of the flag it was Coad who took a narrow win in a new 15 lap track record, Gleeson had to settle for second with McKenzie finishing third, they were followed by Duynhoven, Nelson, Deglaitis, Pitcher, Gange, Verhoeven, Singleton, Woolstencroft, Richardson and Devlin.
Super Rods will now travel to Portland’s Southern 500 Speedway on the 11th of February for the running of the Bill Campbell Memorial.