Simpson Showdown for Walsh

Last Saturday night the Super Rods were in action at Heytesbury Stockfeed’s Simpson Speedway when they contested the Southern Rod Showdown where they competed against the SDAV Hot Rods. Shaun Walsh claimed supremacy for the Super Rods on the night when he led home Michael Coad and Ewan McKenzie.


The first heat of the night saw Allan Pitcher behind the wheel of Phil Jenkins’s SDAV Hotrod take the first win of the night when he led home Walsh and Peter Duynhoven.  Heat two saw Coad move his way forward from the back of the field and into the lead to greet the checker ahead of Dean West, Adrian Rieck.  Jamie May claimed victory in the third heat in a close race with Paul Verhoeven finishing second and Shannon Meakins rounding out the top three.



In the fourth heat of the night it was Walsh taking a green to checker win leading home Neville Gange and Peter Duynhoven.  Coad claimed his second heat win of the night in heat five when he led home Stan Marco Snr and West. It was an all the ways win for McKenzie in heat six when he led home May and Meakins.


The line-up for the 25 lap final saw the top four inverted leaving Pitcher and May making up the front row, they were followed by Walsh, Coad, McKenzie, West, Meakins, Peter Duynhoven, Gange, Verhoeven, Zac Farrer, Alex Bath, Rieck, Stan Marco Snr, Troy Hose, David Duynhoven, Paul Singleton,  Stanley Marco Jnr, Russell Hovey, Corey Deglaitis and George Woolstencroft.



Pitcher made the most of the starts leading away from Walsh, McKenzie and May, with the race coming to a caution two laps later when the car of Marco Snr clipped the infield tyre. From the restart it was Pitcher who set the pace Walsh, McKenzie and Meakins in hot pursuit, before a stoppage in lap eight saw the field one again regrouped.



The race underway Pitcher continued to led with Walsh, McKenzie and Coad all looking to find their way forward before an orange came on in lap ten when the car of Hose became stricken on the track, at this time Pitcher withdrew with mechanical issues.



With fifteen laps remaining Walsh took to the front ahead of McKenzie, Coad and Meakins, while the cars further back were putting on some of the closest racing of the night. Walsh continued to hold of the persistent veteran in McKenzie, Verhoeven and Gange were able to move forward when the car of Coad washed high, with Gange moving into second with seven laps remaining only to be short lived when the cars of Marco Jnr and Woolstencroft spun resetting the field.



Walsh continued to lead away from McKenzie and Gange with four laps remaining while Coad searched the high line looking for a way forward, with half a lap remaining Coad was able to move into second as Walsh greeted the checker. It was Coad home in second ahead of McKenzie, Gange, Meakins, Bath, Marco Jnr, May, Farrer and West.


The Super Rods will be in action at Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway Sungold Stadium where they will support the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic on Friday 18th, Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th of January.

Video: Steve McGowan