McKenzie Takes Title Four
Peterborough’s Ewan McKenzie claimed the 2018/2019 Victorian Super Rod Title at Simpson Speedway on Saturday night when he led home Colac’s Neville Gange and Inverleigh’s Corey Deglaitis. The sixty six year old was able to claim his fourth win in this event 37 years after his first tasted success in the event and 32 years after his last win.
The first heat of the night saw Deglaitis take the win when he led home Alex Bath and Gange. Heat two went the way of McKenzie after a tight race with Quentin Tanner with Shaun Walsh rounding out the top three.
Gange was the victor in heat three taking a strong win with McKenzie moving into second in the last lap ahead of Deglaitis. It was a flag to flag win for Paul Verhoeven when he held out a determined Walsh with Troy Hose finishing out the podium.
Heat five saw Zac Farrer claiming his maiden Super Rod heat win holding out a fast finish by Walsh with Verhoeven third. McKenzie claimed his second heat win of the night in the sixth heat when he took a green to checker win ahead of Gange and Deglaitis.
The night’s highest points scorers McKenzie and Gange made up the front row followed by Deglaitis, Walsh, Verhoeven, Tanner, Farrer, Bath, Troy Gleeson, Jason Kavanagh, Hose, Peter Duynhoven, George Woolstencroft, Jamie May, David Duynhoven, Paul Singleton and Grant Stansfield.
With 25 laps on the board it was McKenzie who made the best of the starts leading away from Gange, Walsh and Deglaitis. McKenzie took control leaving his pursuer’s putting on some close racing between Gange, Walsh and Deglaitis, with Deglaitis moving into third in lap 10.
In lap 11 the race came to a caution when the car of Verhoeven spun seeing the field regrouped. It was McKenzie who set the pace leading away from Gange, Deglaitis and Walsh. In lap 22 the race came to a halt when the car of Tanner became sideways with Bath unable to avoid contact and rolling his car.
The race resumed with McKenzie leading away from Gange, Deglaitis with Walsh using the highline to search for a way forward, while you could have thrown a blanket over the top four cars. A caution in the 24th lap when the car of Kavanagh came to a halt on the track saw a two lap dash to the finish.
McKenzie led the way ahead of Gange, Deglaitis, Walsh and Hose entering the fray. With the checker in sight McKenzie washed high in the final corner, but he was able to hold on to seize the win and claiming his 4th Victorian Super Rod Title by a mere 0.040 from a fast finishing Gange and Deglaitis rounding out the top three, they were followed by Walsh, Hose, Farrer, Gleeson, May, Peter Duynhoven, Woolstencroft, Kavanagh and David Duynhoven.
At the presentations McKenzie thanked his wife and family for all the work they put into his racing, and also thanked the people who worked behind the scenes at race tracks who make race meetings happen. The Super Rods will return to Heytesbury Stockfeed’s Simpson Speedway on the 16th of February where they will contest the 42nd running of the prestigious Trevor Podger Memorial.
Photo: Donna Rosenstengel - Ewan McKenzie Vic 1 2018/2019