30 laps proves a few too many

PERHAPS it was the $1000 prize, but for the majority of Super Stocker drivers the 30 laps in the feature event at Blackwater proved to be a few too many.

For Danny Lennon the frustration must be building as he's followed a series of disasters at the end of last season with another series of mechanical malfunctions in this one.

Not that his latest DNF (did not finish) could have been predicted or prevented.

Organiser for Coal Capital Speedway, Ross Ballard, said the Super Stockers had attracted 12 cars, but only seven started the feature. Late in the race only four remained.

Leading the event was the reliable Jeff Ohl, but Lennon was pegging him back and looked set to take first.

Unfortunately for both drivers Ohl then lost a wheel, which not only took him out of the reckoning, but also caused the Lennon vehicle severe damage.

With the two leaders gone only two vehicles remained and the one driven by Kev Young was running sick.

That left Mackay “Outlaw” John Gravino a clear path to the line and winning cheque.

Ballard took his turn on the track for the Wingless Sprintcars.

“Ross Ballard had a night to forget,” Ballard said.

“It just didn't happen for me on the night.”

After enjoying a couple of third placings in the heats, Ballard finished towards the rear of the pack.

A Mackay driver also took out this feature with Nathan McFarlane winning and Townsville's Merv Domaine second while Kev Young gained another placing coming third.

It was an expensive meeting for Mackay's Brent Aprile as he left in a trail of smoke after he blew a piston.

No Fender Benders turned up for the show, but the V8 AMCAs added to the carnival atmosphere at the track and entertained the large crowd.

Tony Curd won the feature but the surprise placing in the race went to Alice Purcell who managed to take the runner-up position ahead of Chris Irwin.

Ballard said he was satisfied with the way the club's first meeting of the season turned out as it proved to be a community event with local sponsors, including the Rotary Club, and volunteers ensuring the meeting went ahead.

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