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SUNDAY night saw 87 competitors
take to Sunline Speedway and put on a
show for the large crowd in attendance.
Round two of the Robert Gwynne Memo-
rial Track Championship for junior sedans
had a few drivers withdraw before the meet-
ing starte, due to damage sustained the pre-
vious night at Renmark Speedway.
The 20 drivers who did compete raced
over six heats with each driver contesting
two heats. Drivers taking heat wins were
Nathan Thorne with two wins and Heath
Thorne, Josh McEwin, Josh Fraser and
Lance Carew with one win each.
The 15-lap feature saw Nathan Thorne
and Josh Fraser start from the front row
with Heath Thorne and McEwin from row
two.From the drop of the green flag, Fraser
grabbed the lead but was constantly pushed
hard by Nathan Thorne. After four laps, a
group of seven drivers had pulled away from
the rest of the field by a quarter of a lap.
On lap seven, Lachlan Gwynne spun
on turn two, bringing out the yellows and
bunching the field up. The race then was red
flagged for several minutes on lap 11 when
Sharni Chapman barrel-rolled on turns
one and two, the driver emerging from the
As the race was about to resume, Nathan
Thorne pulled infield from position two and
withdrew from the race. On the restart, Josh
Fraser maintained a small gap over Heath
Thorne and Luke Fraser.
With two laps to go, Josh Fraser dived up
the inside of a lapped car, making contact
and receiving a steward's protest flag. Josh
crossed the line first and after discussions
with the stewards, was awarded the win
ahead of Heath Thorne, Luke Fraser and
After two rounds, Heath Thorne has
extended his lead in the Robert Gwynne
Memorial Track Championship over Nathan
Thorne to 57 points, while Josh Gwynne is a
further 43 points behind in third.
Super sedans were scheduled to com-
pete for the Wally Francombe Memo-
rial sponsored by Active Batteries. However,
with only six cars making it to the venue
and five making it to the feature, the pro-
moters elected to run this memorial event
later in the season with the hope of stronger
numbers. Steve Schwarz was a casualty
early on with heavy contact in heat one after
spinning on turn four and getting hit hard
by Darren Allen.
Kaleb Perrett enjoyed himself early on,
claiming both heat victories despite receiv-
ing some heavy damage in heat two after
being forced into the wall on the exit of turn
two and only coming to rest against the wall
at the entry to turn three. Perrett was able
to start the feature from pole position after
some quick repairs, with Russell Worthley
From the start, Perrett held a comfort-
able gap over Worthley and Darren Allen
before Allen spun in turn three with seven
laps to go. On the restart, Perrett faced
plenty of pressure from Worthley and Kym
With two laps to go, Perrett drifted high
through turn two, which allowed Worthley
to get underneath him and claim an easy
win. Perrett was able to hang on to second,
followed by Hammerstein, Gil Worthley and
Modlites had some extra cars this
meeting with ex-AMCA driver
Brian Chadwick, along with Garth Ray-
mond and Mick Lewis joining the class. Rex
Hodgson took the win in heat one, while
Mick Lewis won heat two and established
an eight-lap track record. Seven cars con-
tested the 10-lap feature with Bruce Adams
and Ron Grates starting from the front row.
Adams struggled in the early laps, caus-
ing two yellows and being told to park his
car. From there, Lewis took control of the
race and won comfortably ahead of Gates,
Nathan Lewis and Raymond.
AMCA's car count was bolstered by six
drivers who made the trek across the
border from Victoria to take on the locals,
which included the return of David Hart-
With 15 drivers entered, three heats
were run with each driver competing in two
heats. Frank Theirry, Darren McCarthy and
Cory Fox won heats, with Fox establishing a
10-lap track record.
Due to his two second places, Hartman
started the 15-lap feature from pole, ahead
of McCarthy, Ryan White and Fox.
Hartman got a good start and held a slim
lead over McCarthy until the red lights
came on for a big pile up on turns one
and two, which had caused the track to be
blocked. Most cars were able to restart; how-
ever Leanne Turner, Rod Dissel and Charles
Tyson received too much damage and were
forced to retire.
When racing resumed, Hartman and Mc-
Carthy continued their battle, while White
and Fox fought over third spot. McCarthy
tried everything to get by Hartman, even
trying to go around the outside on the final
lap but fell half a car length short. White
held on for third ahead of Fox and Malcom
Chapman in fifth.
Wingless sprints had 10 cars compet-
ing with some familiar names re-
turning to the class in Jason Wilson, Jason
Gantz, Justin Tuttle and Daniel Obst. Wilson
took heat one and Joel Chadwick won heat
two. Chadwick would start the feature from
pole and held his position as he went on to
establish a 10-lap track record. Wilson fin-
ished in second, ahead of Obst, Gantz and
Modified sedans saw their biggest car
count for many seasons with nine
cars, including debutant Kelsey Allen. Peter
McCarthy and Jeremy McClure won a heat
race each and gained enough points to start
from the front row in the 10-lap feature.
McCarthy got a great start and took the
lead, while McClure slid high and hit the
turn two wall and dropped down to fourth.
Mid field Marty Raams began to start
smoking quite heavily and would eventu-
ally be forced to retire. Out front, McCarthy
was doing it quite easy and took the win
ahead of Tony Schmidt, Alan Demaine and
Street stocks had good numbers after
many drivers contested the MJS
Series round the previous night at Renmark
Paul Hayes and Darren Flatman won the
two heat races, both of which were littered
with yellow flag periods as drivers pushed
hard to gain positions. Flatman started the
feature from pole position with Sam Brum-
field alongside him.
Several yellows plagued the start of the
race; Brumfield understeering into the turn
two wall on the first attempt at a race start,
only for Cade Cox to do exactly the same
thing on the second attempt at a race start.
Cox was able to continue, while Brum-
field had to retire due to the amount of
damage sustained. Once the race success-
fully got underway, Flatman was under
pressure from Tony Prideaux and the lead
swapped several times.
A restart with five to go bunched the field
up but Flatman was able to build an early
gap and maintain this through to the finish.
Prideaux finished second, followed by Cox,
Wade Fell and Berend Kaaks.
Late models appeared to be much more
suited to the revamped venue, with
their big horsepower able to be used. Seven
drivers were entered, but it was a short
night for Tony Howlett who struck issues
forming up for the first heat with smoke
seen coming from the engine bay and was
not seen for the rest of the night.
Steve Vaughan and Mat Crimmins took a
heat win each and would start from the front
row for the 12-lap feature. Vaughan looked to
get a good start, however Crimmins powered
around the outside through turns one and
two and quickly built up a four-car length
lead within two laps.
As Crimmins drove off into the distance,
Vaughan was being pushed hard by Mathew
Nulty for second. This is how they would
finish the race with Andrew Leach in fourth
and Zack Tyson in fifth.
Speedway karts are set to have another
practice/shakedown session on Friday,
February 6. If enough nominations are re-
ceived, this meeting will run as a full race
Nominations for this meeting close
Tuesday, February 3. To nominate for this
event, contact David Rea, SA Speedway
Karts Secretary, on (03) 5021 0564 or by email
(firstname.lastname@example.org). Gates are set to
open at 5pm with racing from 7.30pm. This
will be the last hit out at the venue ahead of
their Australian Title, held over the Anzac
Day weekend in April.
The next race meeting at the Sunline
Speedway is set for March 7.
Currently on the program is Round
Three of the Robert Gwynne Memorial
Track Championship for junior sedans,
super sedans, lightning sprints, modified
sedans, formula 500s, modlites and street
stocks. To contact the promoters, phone Rob
Stevens and Jen Lemar on 0412 474 289. Keep
an eye on the Sunline Speedway facebook
page and website for further information.
solid showing on track
Locals in action
JOSH Fraser won a heat in the Robert
Gwynne Memorial Track Championship
at the Sunline Speedway on Sunday after
placing fourth in the SA Junior Sedan Title
held at the Renmark Speedway on Saturday
PHOTO: Grant Schwartzkopff
ABOVE: Glen Schreiber goes for a hit for the
Waikeire Black Sox baseball team recently.
BELOW: Anton Barrow playing for the Waikerie
Photos: Grant Schwartzkopff
ABOVE: Tim Strauss playing for Waikerie in a
recent lawn bowls game. BELOW: Nathan Cronin
playin for Waikerie in lawn bowls.
ANTHONY Fulwood prepares to bowl in a recent
game for Waikerie.
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