Walsh Triumphs At Avalon

The Super Rods were in Action last Saturday night for Round one of the Western Cup Series at Geelong’s Avalon Raceway. It was Shaun Walsh who secured the win ahead of Jason Kavanagh and Neville Gange.


It was Kavanagh who claimed a strong win in the first heat of the night when he lead home Peter Duynhoven and Walsh.  The second heat saw a green to checker win for Ewan McKenzie when he led home Gange and Alex Bath.


Walsh claimed the win in the third heat when he led home Michael Coad and Quentin Tanner. In the fourth heat of the night saw Smith jump to the front, however in lap six his car came to a halt with engine issues ending his night. Gange went on to claim the win ahead of Kavanagh and Zac Farrer.


The top eight drivers contested a pole shuffle with each driver contesting a series of two lap dashes. The first match up for the night saw Duynhoven and Bath duel with Bath moving to the next challenger. Farrer claimed the win over Bath moving forward to challenge Coad, with Coad too strong for the rookie.


In the battle for position five it was Coad who was able to take the win over McKenzie, before challenging Walsh with Walsh holding  his position. The next bout between Walsh and Gange saw Walsh march forward to challenge Kavanagh for position one. Kavanagh was too strong and held onto pole positon with Walsh starting from two.


After the pole shuffle the line up for the final saw Kavanagh and Walsh from the front row, they were followed by Gange, Coad, McKenzie, Farrer, Bath, Duynhoven, Tanner, Paul Verhoeven, Corey Deglaitis, Jamie May, George Woolstencroft and Troy Hose.


Kavanagh made the best of the starts and led away from Walsh, Coad and Gange, they continued in this fashion until lap five when the race came to a caution when the car of Hose spun. From the restart it was Kavanagh who led the way with Walsh and Coad seizing their opportunity to move forward in the following lap. Walsh continued to lead with the pack hot on his heals before a yellow in lap 14 saw the field regrouped.


As the cars of Walsh and Coad entered turn two the pair made contact with Coad clipping the wall and rolling over.  Racing once again underway it was Walsh who went on to greet the checker ahead of Kavanagh and Gange, they were followed by Deglaitis, Farrer and Troy Hose.


The Super Rod’s next meeting will be at Heytesbury Stockfeed’s Simpson Speedway next Saturday 11th of January for the Southern Rod Showdown.