With school holidays upon us we had a slightly smaller night than we’ve had recently (mostly thanks to the absence of the 4-strong West clan!), but still a very healthy 45 cars for this “non-points” night. We’ll return to Championship racing when our Spring season kicks off next fortnight.
I’m have a few operator-induced computer problems meaning that I’m yet to extract the full results, but I do have the race summary sheet, showing all the final results. See it here.
Race wins tonight went to Chris Murray (Novice A final), Michael Taylor (Novice B final), Sam Wells (10th Buggy), Andrew Mackenzie (Short Course A), Shaun Whatley (Short Course B), Steve Madziara (8th Big Bangers) and Rocket Houghton (Tourers).
There were some absolute highlights from a fun night of racing:
- Jordan Turner and Jade Chandler both made the leap from Novice into the regular Short Course class, and both made the A final on a first attempt. Awesome! Matthew Chandler likewise moved on from Novice and acquitted himself well in Tenth Buggy. Look for one or two more to make the move for the start of the Spring season – adding to the depth in the open classes, and making space for a bunch of first-time winners in Novice as the year unfolds.
- Chris Murray was on fire in the Novice A final, winning comfortably in a time that would have been well competitive in the open Short Course class. And this from a guy in just his second or third race meeting.
- Andrew Mackenzie took the win in one of the best 10-minute finals we’ve ever seen at Rutherglen, holding off Rocket in a tight, clean and fast Short Course final. Definitely Andrew’s best drive yet and a well deserved win. Shaun Whatley just missed the A final but drove to a ripper B final win and will be hard to keep out of the A next time.
- Shaun and Andrew Brett were both new to the club tonight, driving their first race meetings at Launceston R/C.
It was, all in all, a fun night of low-stress racing. Apologies for the couple of minor computer glitches tonight…I had one eye on my kids and helping them enjoy their race and missed a couple of things….!
Racing resumes next fortnight for the first round of our Spring series. And stay tuned for information on what we hope will be a working bee next Saturday (17th) to put the new track layout into place.