Beau Saunders was in no mood to let other Fender Benders past him last Saturday at the Rockhampton Showgrounds.
Beau Saunders was in no mood to let other Fender Benders past him last Saturday at the Rockhampton Showgrounds. MEGAN LEWIS

Lennon ends his drought

IT seems like a long time since Danny Lennon had a chance to see the chequered flag, never mind flutter it from his driver’s window.

On Saturday night at Rockhampton Showgrounds all that changed as Lennon was dominant, putting on his best display for a long time and getting the large crowd on its feet in support.

Over the past months Lennon’s Super Stocker has ended most meetings in the middle of track with Lennon looking on forlornly as the other competitors zoom around towards the chequered flag.

On Saturday all that was forgotten as Lennon took his chances to get to the front where he was able to stay out of trouble.

Early in the evening there had been plenty of competition in the heats.

As always, Jeff Ohl was up at the front, taking his usual line at the top of the track and leaving the more powerful vehicles to slip and slither as they took the tighter line further away from the wall.

In the Feature, Ohl was forced to try other tactics as the power under the bonnet of the Lennon car saw him clear away to a big lead with Ohl only able to make up a bit of ground when the pair had to get through the traffic, lapping back-markers.

As always in this division of racing, entry numbers were high with the drop-out rate during each race almost matching it.

Mark Hogan is normally one of the front-runners, but he was one missing when it came to the Feature. However, it mattered little since, with Lennon and Ohl on the front row of the grid, it was always going to be a competition for the third position.

Throughout the evening Lee Briskey and Brenton Scott showed signs they might be in the mix for a win, but in the end it was the “Old Firm” of Lennon and Ohl that dominated.

The V8 AMCA Nationals keep on increasing in popularity and on Saturday there was a field of 13 cars despite the national championship of the category being held in South Australia.

With two of the season leaders on the AMCA points ladder, Andrew Baker and Glen Boulter, facing off, it was expected the main battle would be between those two.

Rockhampton racer Rene Frenken had other ideas.

Looking good in the heats Frenken was too quick in the Feature also, leaving Boulter (2nd) and Baker (4th) to fight over the scraps.

Tony Curd was the third place-getter in the main race, while Alice Purcell can be happy with her return to racing and Luke Frenken is beginning to get competitive as he gains more experience.

Beau Saunders was unbeatable in the Fender Benders, but for the star of the division his triumph came at a cost.

Saunders was too quick throughout the program and repeated the performance in the Feature.

Sure enough, Saunders took the chequered flag only to blow his engine as he crossed the finish line.

Heath Simpson, who had been challenging Saunders all night, finished second while Brad Slattery took a good third placing with Brendan Crane settling for fourth.

In recent meetings the number of Fender Bender nominations had dropped, but last Saturday there were signs interest in the “introduction” division is picking up.

It is not often you see a racoon racing against a gorilla, but that was also a part of the show on Saturday.

Congratulations to the Rockhampton Saloon Car Club for providing entertainment during the intermission in the program.

The Carline Mufflers National Super Sedan series ended over the weekend, but there was to be no late surge from Rockhampton racing star Michael Doblo.

Two meetings were held to round up the 10-race series with Kevin Purton winning in Adelaide and then Darren Kane taking the flag at Murray Bridge.

However, it is all about consistency throughout the series with Matt Pascoe going into the final race needing to finish in the top half of the field to claim the title.

Finishing ninth in that race, one place behind Doblo, was enough to make him the 2010 champion.

The next meeting at the Rockhampton Showgrounds is on February 6, featuring the Super Sedans.

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