Kavanagh Takes Col Grist Memorial

Jason Kavanagh secured victory in the Col Grist Memorial when the Super Rods took to Mortlake’s Mid-Western Speedway on the 1st of May. Kavanagh held of the ever-pressing Jacob Pitcher and Grant Stansfield adding his name to the honour roll.


The event saw three of the late Col Grist’s grandchildren take to the track with Dane Court, Billy Grist and Daniel Grist all in action. The Super Rod Association would like to thank the valued sponsors of this event.


In the first heat of the night saw Jacob Pitcher best adapt to the conditions to take the win ahead of Kavanagh and Neville Gange. Heat two saw Stansfield with the early lead however it was Court who was able to make a last lap pass to take the win from Stansfield and Jamie May.

It was a green to checker win in heat three for Gange from Jacob Pitcher and Kavanagh rounding out the three. A fierce race between cousins in heat four saw Billy Grist the victor over Court with West Makin home in third.


Heat five saw plenty of action with the car of Stan Marco Jnr rolling with only one lap completed. Kavanagh charged to take the win ahead of Gange and Luke Cole. The final heat of the night saw May with the early lead only for this race also coming to a red light halt when the car of Bailey Pitcher collecting the fence and taking a high tumble. May went on to take a strong win ahead of Court and Stansfield.


With the grid set for the final it was Court and Gange making up the front row, they were followed by Kavanagh, Jacob Pitcher, Stansfield, May, Billy Grist, Makin, Jason Poustie, George Woolstencroft, Cole, Daniel Grist and Stan Marco Jnr.

At the drop of the green it was Court with the early lead however as the cars came through turn two contact was made with Jacob Pitcher seeing Court caught in the action and Gange with nowhere to go driving along the wall before rolling on his side bringing on the red. A complete restart on the books it was now Kavanagh and Jacob Pitcher making up the front row, Kavanagh made the best of the starts leading away from Jacob Pitcher, Stansfield and Makin.


Lap after lap Kavanagh thwarted every attempt Jacob Pitcher threw at the leader with the youngster hot on his senior’s heels as the pair encountered lapped traffic. Kavanagh maintained his poise and continued on to take a much-deserved win ahead of Jacob Pitcher with Stansfield home in third. Then came Billy Grist, Marco Jnr, Woolstencroft, Poustie and Daniel Grist.

The next meetings for the Super Rod's will see them travel to Swan Hill's Sonic Speedway over the Queen's Birthday long weekend where they will contest their 2021/22 Victorian Super Rod Title on Saturday 11th of June and Round five of the Super Rod Tour series on Sunday 12th of June.

Video: Steve Mcgowan

Photo: Aidan Freeman