Gange Crowned Vic 1

Colac’s Neville Gange claimed the Victorian Super Rod Title at Hamilton’s Western Speedway on Saturday 13th of March. In a fast paced race it was Gange who was the eventual winner taking the win ahead of Hopper’s Crossing’s Jamie May with former Cobden local Paul Verhoeven rounding out the podium.


The first heat of the night saw Dane Court with an all the ways win ahead of May and Michael Coad. This race was not without incident when the car of Gerrard Mabbitt hit a rut sending him heavily into the wall which saw his left front wheel torn off and sending him into a roll.  Coad greeted the checker first ahead of May and Verhoeven in the second heat of the night.


Heat three saw Gange take the early lead with Ewan McKenzie and Court hot on his heels, with one lap remaining the trio encountered a lapped car with McKenzie seizing his opportunity to take the lead with Gange home second and Court third.  The last heat of the night saw May charge to a green to checker win with Coad home in second and George Woolstencroft third.


With heat races completed the grid was set for the running of the 2020/2021 Victorian Super Rod Title with the night’s high point scorer May starting from position one with Coad on his outside, the second row was made up of Court and Gange followed by McKenzie, Verhoeven, Billy Grist, Woolstencroft, Peter Gale, Warrick Taylor and Paul Baker.


As the starting time approached so did droplets of rain, creating a slippery surface with Court making the most and charging to the lead, before the race could compete one lap the race was postponed to allow the track to be returned to more favourable condition.


Coad charged to the lead at the drop of the green with May, Gange and Court leading the chase, before Gange was able to work his way into second position. In lap four Coad ran high with Gange snapping up the opening and moving into position one. In an enthralling battle Coad continued to apply heavy pressure to the leader, with May, McKenzie and Court also putting on a show for third.


Gange continued to set the pace hotly pressed by Coad as the pair started to encounter lapped traffic also allowing May to close the gap and enter the fray. In lap 21 Gale made heavy contact with the wall before bouncing back down onto the track with McKenzie unable to avoid impact.


With four laps remaining it was Gange from Coad, May, McKenzie and Verhoeven, the yellow was engaged the following lap as McKenzie’s damaged fiberglass body had became dislodged leaving debris on the track. At this time Coad withdrew with engine gremlins and McKenzie with a broken stub axel.


Once again regrouped Gange charged to the lead with May in pursuit, however it was Gange who went on to secure his first Victorian Super Rod Title ahead of May, Verhoeven, Woolstencroft, Grist, Taylor and Baker. Gange also collected the VSC (Victorian Speedway Council) best presented car on the night.


The next meeting for Super Rods will be over the Easter weekend, when they travel to Geelong’s Avalon Raceway on Good Friday 2nd of April, Mt Gambier’s Borderline Raceway on Saturday 3rd of April and finishing the weekend at Warrnambool’s Sungold Stadium Premier Speedway on Sunday 4th April to support the Sprintcar Easter Trail.

Video: Steve McGowan