Coad Claims 2016 Victorian Super Rod Title
Cobden’s Michael Coad drove the race of his life to take the 2016 Victorian Super Rod Title when the Super Rod’s competed at Hamilton’s Western Speedway last Saturday night. The young hard charger took the win ahead of Cobden’s Leigh Podger and Warrnambool’s Howard Stansfield.
In the first heat of the night it was Allan Pitcher behind the wheel of the Peter Bodger owned car with an all the way win ahead of Coad and Shawn Duynhoven. Podger was the victor in the second heat when he led home Stansfield and defending champion Shaun Walsh.
Podger secured his second heat win of the night when he led home Peter Gale and Stansfield in heat three. The fourth heat of the night saw Shawn Duynhoven greeting the checker first ahead of Andrew Howard and Coad.
Heat five it was Howard with the win ahead of Troy Gleeson with Coad home in third. The final heat of the night was not without drama when the car of Ric Swasbrick made contact with another competitor sending the car in to a wild series of rolls ending his night. Corey Deglaitis took the win ahead of Gale and Shawn Duynhoven.
It was the nights top point scorers Podger and Shawn Duynhoven who made up the front row of the final grid with Coad and Stansfield occupying line two, they were followed by Deglaitis, Gale, Howard, Gleeson, Walsh, Paul Verhoeven, Michael Cunningham, George Woolstencroft, Michael McDonald and Ewan McKenzie with Amy Duynhoven unable to start with engine issues and Damien Falkingham with rear suspension damage and Pitcher with brake problems.
With 30 laps ahead of them it was Podger who made the best of the starts charging away with Duynhoven, Coad and Stansfield in hot pursuit, Stansfield was able to move into third position in lap three, however Coad was able to regain his position two laps later. Podger had created a comfortable lead, while Duynhoven and Coad tussling for second position with Coad succeeding in lap seven. A red light stoppage in lap eight when the car of Ewan McKenzie rolled spectacularly on the town end corner.
With the field regrouped the line-up saw Podger from Coad, Duynhoven, Howard, Deglaitis, and Stansfield followed by the rest of the field. Podger again capitalised on the start with Coad hot on his heels, with Coad moving into the lead in lap ten. Coad was able to create space between himself and the rest of the field with Podger still in strong pursuit, followed by Duynhoven, Stansfield and Deglaitis.
Coad continued to maintain a healthy lead and both he and Podger were lucky escapees of a rouge inside rear wheel that had worked its way free from the lapped Verhoeven’s car in lap twenty, bringing the race to a caution.
With ten laps remaining it was Coad leading the way of Podger, Stansfield and Duynhoven, Coad was lucky to avoid disaster in lap twenty one when his car hit a rut almost bringing him unstuck. From here Coad was again able to create a comfortable buffer and took the checker ahead of Podger, Stansfield, Duynhoven, Gale and Woolstencroft.
At the presentations a delighted and emotional Coad thanked his family and crew for all the work they do on his car throughout the season along with his sponsors for their continued support.
The next meeting for Super Rods will be this Saturday 16th of April at Heytesbury Stockfeed’s Simpson Speedway.