Bill Campbell Memorial Win for Walsh
The Super Rod’s took to Portland’s Southern 500 Speedway last Saturday night for the running of the Bill Campbell Memorial. It was Lancefield’s Shaun Walsh who steered the Grayland Racing Victoria 1 to victory ahead of Simpson’s George Woolstencroft and Cobden’s Michael Coad.
In the first heat of the night it was Woolstencroft who claimed the win ahead of Coad with Leigh Podger home in third. Heat two saw drama when a racing incident sent the car of Walsh into a spin with Podger nowhere to go and ending up on his roof, with the race declared it was Coad who was awarded the win ahead of Jason Grayland and Troy Gleeson. The final heat of the night it was Walsh with an all the ways win ahead of Nelson and Podger.
The line-up for the final saw Coad and Walsh making up the front row, they were followed by Podger, Woolstencroft, Nelson, Gleeson, Grayland, Paul Verhoeven, Ewan McKenzie, Corey Deglaitis and Ric Swasbrick.
The start of the final a duel between Walsh and Coad with the race soon at a caution when Coad spun, however the steward deemed it a racing incident and the field lined up in their original order.. At restart it was Walsh who made the best of the starts with Coad and Woolstencroft in pursuit. In lap seven the cars of Verhoeven and Swasbrick came together when the rear suspension on Verhoeven’s car broke causing him to spin bringing out the yellow and saw both cars were eliminated from the event.
Walsh continued to lead with Coad in hot pursuit before Coad collected the wall allowing Woolstencroft to make his way into second. A race stoppage in the tenth lap saw a large entanglement of cars when Podger spun, with Gleeson, Nelson, McKenzie and Grayland all involved, while Nelson and Gleeson sustained damage and were unable to rejoin the race.
It was again Walsh charging to the lead ahead of Woolstencroft, Coad and McKenzie, they continued in this fashion until the fall of the checker with Walsh taking the win ahead of Woolstencroft, Coad, McKenzie, Podger, Grayland and Deglaitis.
The Super Rod’s next meeting will be on Good Friday at Geelong’s Avalon Raceway on the 25th of March, before returning to Sungold Stadium Premier Speedway on Sunday 27th of March for the Annual running of the prestigious Super Rod Cup.