Simpson Success For Walsh
The Super Rods competed last Saturday 6th of April at Heytesbury Stockfeed’s Simpson Speedway where it was Lancefield’s Shaun Walsh who secured the win when he led home Troy Gleeson and Jamie May.
Drivers contested two of the three heats on the night the first heat saw a flag to flag win for May with Peter Duynhoven and Troy Hose rounding out the top three. Walsh was an all the ways winner in the second heat when he led home Darryl Nelson and Troy Gleeson. The third heat saw current Victorian champion Ewan McKenzie claim the win ahead of Howard Stansfield and Zac Farrer.
The line up for the final saw Walsh and May making up the front row, they were followed by McKenzie and Stansfield, then came Gleeson, Nelson, Duynhoven, Hose, Farrer, Adrian Rieck, Neville Gange, George Woolstencroft, Jim Gronbeck, Paul Verhoeven and Paul Singleton.
With fifteen laps on the board it was Walsh who made the best of the starts leading away from May, McKenzie, Gleeson and Stansfield. In lap four the race came to a caution when the car of Farrer bicycled with the car of Hose was unable avoid colliding, both cars were lucky not to roll over but were unfortunately unable to continue.
From the restart it was Walsh who led the way with May, McKenzie and Gleeson in pursuit, with the cars of Duynhoven, Gange and Stansfield also putting on some tight racing. Walsh continued to set the pace it was Gleeson who was looking for a way forward and in lap eight was able to move past McKenzie before accounting for May two laps later. At the fall of the checker it was Walsh who was never headed taking a quarter of a lap win ahead of Gleeson and May, then came McKenzie, Gange, Stansfield, Rieck, Duynhoven, Verhoeven, Nelson, Woolstencroft, Gronbeck and Singleton.
The next meeting for Super Rods will be on Saturday 13th of April for the running of the Col Grist Memorial and round four of the Western Cup series. Before taking on the Max Dumsney Motorsports Super Rod Easter Trail on the 19th, 20th and 21st of April at Avalon, Mt Gambier and Warrnambool at Easter, while the postponed Super Rod Cup will take place on the 21st April at Premier Speedway.
Video: Steve McGowan