Article by Kye Richardson
The Speedway Sedans Australia categories were out in force last night at the Murray Machining and Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway last night, Dec 5. Forty Four sedans were part of a packed pits at the bridge on a rather windy Saturday afternoon.
The SSA Junior Sedans were the first to hit the track in event 4, with Drew Flatman winning the heat in greasy conditions, Callum Crossing second and Kirra-Lee Pitcher home third. Flatman made it two from two in heat two winning a much faster paced race in front of Nate Trewin and Chelsea Gwynne. Kirra-Lee Pitcher would then hold off Callum Crossing in heat three with Nate Trewin coming third.
The feature event was a 12 lap journey which saw Drew Flatman claim his second feature win at Murray Bridge for the season, Kirra-Lee Pitcher continued her in form driving with a second place in front of Callum Crossing.
The ever consistent field of SSA Street Stocks rolled up for another night of action. And after many laps of the pits to find a park late, Carey Weston would win heat one in front of Darren Brumfield with Tony Prideaux third. Heat two was right up afterwards and saw another FG Falcon victory, this time Nigel Reichstein in front of Jayden Edwards and the fast Bryan Brown. Heat three was an identical top three to the earlier heat one, Weston, Brumfield and Prideaux. Heat Four saw the interstate visitor in Stuey Robinson win by the length of a pop rivet in front of Bryan Brown and Nigel Reichstein. The feature saw Carey Weston and Darren Brumfield off the front row, but only three quarters of a lap was completed with Andrew Hardacre and Bryan Brown coming together in turn four. A complete restart then saw a similar incident in the same corner between Daniel Karpinski and Ryan Buchanan. The third time was a charm, with the race going until a caution on lap eight. The restart saw the final seven laps consist of battles all throughout the top ten, but at the end of it all it was Carey Weston who would win in front of a hard charging Jayden Edwards, third Nigel Reichstein followed by Anthony Buchanan and Darren Brumfield who was at the pointy end of the field up until two laps to go, having to settle for fifth.
The second round of the SA Modified Sedan series saw 7 cars hit the track including Tony Hardy in the newly built XF, Neil Watson in the VS Statesman and David Haseldine coming out of retirement. A good night was to be had, with Justin Demaine in the #89 win heat one in front of Rob Uren in his AU Falcon with Terry Brown third. Heat two like most heats in the second round was a faster affair and saw Terry Brown get the win in front of Neil Watson and Justin Demaine. The feature would begin with a statesman attack into turn one with Neil Watson providing the dive of the night into turn one on lap one, he would later retire on lap six. Terry Brown kept his form to win the twenty lap journey in front of Rob Uren and Tony Hardy.
The SSA Super Sedan regulars were once again on the move around the Bridge. Coming on later in the program with their first heat being event fifteen, Kym Jury let no time get wasted in claiming the first heat win of the night, beating Steve Schwarz and Paul Blenkiron. Event twenty eight would see the SSA supers roll out for their second heat with Paul Blenkiron beating Steve Schwarz and Kym Jury. Event thirty two saw the V8 sedans our for their feature event. The fifteen lap journey saw its first caution on lap one with Sarah Pope having a minor spin. The event was back under way until lap seven were Steve Schwarz and Kym Leyson came together in turn four, seeing the right rear of Schwarz going across and over the top of Leyson’s car. Leyson would not restart and Michael Brown also had issues and would end up with a DNF. The feature was eventually won by Kym Jury ahead of Paul Blenkiron, Steve Schwarz and Sarah Pope home in fourth on the lead lap.
The next showing of SSA classes in South Australia will be next weekend at Renmark’s Riverland Speedway with round one of the MJS Street Stock series along with super and junior sedans.