Rivalry Rolls On!!!
At the start of each season you ponder how the first night will go? Will everyone make it through fairly clean? Hopefully the fresh bloods survive the first battle in the dirt arena. Well for the Stockmans Civil and Plant QLSRA Club Championship all of these questions were answered last night.
After losing our first round to Mother Nature we could not have asked for better weather to open our season of racing. We were presented with a smooth racing surface to open our assault on the club championship.
Starting out of P1 for the opening heat race club veteran and defending club champion Keith Blatch Q77 put his best foot forward in his title defence and took home the spoils. Following him for second was Tyler Stralow Q51 with his nemesis from last season Scott Jukes Q34 taking out third place.
Heat 2 saw track conditions become more difficult as the surface began to slicken off making set up and keeping the car straight more of a challenge. We saw several stoppages as drivers battled the conditions and spun on occasion in the turns. The Q8 of David Veggie Van Vegchel took the win, followed by the ever improving Q33 of Darren Baldwin . Our current QLD 1 of Jason Rae came home 3rd as he continues to develop his new set up for the season and gains speed.
The night also saw a number of rookies, new members and returning members make the field to support the ever growing QLSRA. The club would like to commend and welcome Q13 Andrew Parkes who has thrown a wing on to try his hand at Lightning Sprints. Q97 of Jayden Mathers who also has his roots in compact racing.
Q55 of Derek Wells making his return to speedway in a Lightning Sprint having previously raced micros several years ago. Q7 of Adam Norton who has stepped off the spanners into the drivers seat. Our final rookie Q49 of Wayne Jukes who can’t let his brother have all of the glory. All of our rookies and newcomers held their own in what was a great display of Lightning Sprint Racing.
We also saw the return of some of last season’s drivers working to iron out the bugs in their cars and lay the foundations for a solid season. James Elliot in the Q88 debuted his new Henchcraft Chassis and lay a solid performance as he learns a new car. With the power plant back on track Laurence Deegan Q64 enjoyed a really consistent night. Michael Gollagher Q3 also managed to make the evening all be it with his usual challenges around timing.
Leading the Stockmans Civil and Plant QLSRA feature grid was drawn was Tyler Stralow out of pole with Darren Baldwin coming out of 2. Who drew the front row after qualifying in the top four. Unfortunately for Keith Blatch the highest point scorer after the heats pulled marble 3 for his starting position. David Van Vegchel was out of 4.
Tyler was quick to take the lead and set a comfortable pace on a track where grip was hard to find. Keith starting strong but got caught a little by the slick and after loosing a few places had to work his way back through the field.
Darren Baldwin suffered a similar fate taking a spin in turn 3 to bring on the yellows. Seeing him at the back of the field he pushed forward well.
Upfront Scotty Jukes battled hard all race as did David Van Vegchel fighting for position and using all available track to move forward.
At one point Scott was trailing Tyler as the now A graders were being reminded of duels of last season where they battled it out for B grade spoils! It’s great to see them at it again this season!!
The final standings when the chequered flag dropped saw Tyler Stralow take out his maiden feature race win. Followed home by Keith Blatch in second who managed to get the third placed Scott Jukes. Laurie Deegan was the first B grader home which was a great result for him!
Tyler would like to thank his sponsors Formcorp Interiors, Shock Absorber Therapy, Cush Clothing, K1 Racegear and Motorguard.
The next round of the Stockmans Civil and Plant QLSRA Club Championship will be at Maryborough Speedway next weekend November 2nd.