South Coast Raceway started its 2010/2011 season with a record breaking number of entrants, complimenting all the hard work that has been done during the off season by club members and volunteers.
Commencing Friday night, 46 cars entered legal off-street drag racing with many cars also opting to enter the burnout competition at the end of the night, keeping the crowd of 404 people entertained. First place in the Burnout competition was taken out by Ben Phillips, second Daniel Paige and third was Trevor Newton.
A crowd of 800 on Saturday witnessed another 74 cars enter for the Victorian Sportsman Shootout, which was run in a Chicago shootout style format.
Doina Day, last year’s track and club champion, gave her track record a scare by getting close with a 4.612 pass, ensuring her the top qualifier position in the Blown Outlaws class. In the Bikes, top qualifier was Chris Hosken with a 6.202.
With the new track upgrades nearly complete, Marcus Chambers put his new Premix King Monaro Top Doorslammer through its paces. Marcus ended up with a 5.312 pass crossing the line at only 118mph shutting it off at half track. While he was only running very low boost while testing, he certainly was a crowd favourite and a great preview for the upcoming Top Doorslammer meeting planned for February.
The whole day was run smoothly and the weather was very kind for the season opener. The only minor accident involving a bike rider who came off at 200km/h. Luckily he walked away with one sore shoulder and soft tissue damage. While this put the day behind schedule, competitor safety is held in high regards by South Coast raceway.
Results for the day starting with the Bikes class, Matt Ireland from Warrnambool took the trophy home on his Suzuki GSX-R 1100 while Jamie Dohnt from Mt. Gambier was the runner up
In the Super Street final, Andrew Batinsky from Leopold was too good for Garry Flavel from Nhill, both driving Ford Cortinas, top qualifier for the class was Thomas Krieger with 6.907.
Returning to racing this season was Tim Stone from Hamilton in his HB Torana, racing in the Super Sedan class and also taking the win for the day, runner-up was Leanne Braggs from Melbourne in her Mazda RX, top qualifier for the class was Ken Stewart with a 4.825 pass.
In the Blown Outlaws class, local Mick Cleary returned to start the season red hot, not only winning the class, but breaking into the 4sec barrier for the first time, with a best time of 4.944. Runner up for the class was Mick Braggs from Melbourne driving his supercharged hot rod
It was a successful weekend and the track hopes to see more entrants at the next meeting which will be held on the 3rd and 4th of December, this will be the Dash For Cash meeting. Big prize pools are up for grabs, with $1000 for first place for each class on the day.
Report by Nat Boersma. Pictures by Leigh Banks.