Where the dust flies

Melbourne visitor Jeff Oldfield sends the dust flying. Picture: LYN ANDREW PHOTOGRAPHY

Melbourne visitor Jeff Oldfield sends the dust flying. Picture: LYN ANDREW PHOTOGRAPHY

SWAN Hill Sporting Car Club (SHSCC) continued to impress visiting drivers when it staged another race day late last month. 

Despite a scheduling clash with several premier sporting events including the AFL and NRL Grand Finals and more locally, the Deni Ute Muster, the club drew 23 competitors.

SHSCC president Chris Gibson said losing an hour with daylight savings had little impact on the time spent on the track with near perfect conditions for racing.

"We have a two kilometre track, so with 500 starts that is 1000 kilometres of fast paced action and racing," he said.

"We also trailed a new smoother method of administration which worked well with the end result being a lot less stress on the people doing all the paperwork. 

"Ruth Vallence and Carolyn Donnan also did an amazing job taking on the roles of canteen managers.

"On the track she was slippery with odd bursts of traction making for a great level of excitement on every run."

In the class wars, Stawell's Reg Johnson was the man to beat in Class C. 

New club member Ian Brain enjoyed his first event at Chisholm Reserve. Picture: LYN ANDREW PHOTOGRAPHY

New club member Ian Brain enjoyed his first event at Chisholm Reserve. Picture: LYN ANDREW PHOTOGRAPHY

He edged out Swan Hill's Glenn King-Gee in his Mitsubishi Galant, with King-Gee ten seconds off the pace in his in his Suzuki Swift. 

Class D saw the tables turn on last month's winner Neil Donnan with Chris Gibson edging him out in his Mitsubishi Lancer.

Barry Middleton came in third place with a great drive.

Club photographer Lyn Andrew wore a layer of dirt after Chris Gibson's car got out of shape on a bend, but he assured her it was accidental.

Class E was hotly contested with Leigh Passalick having an amazing run in his Holden Commodore to take first place followed by Kelvin Jobling also in a Commodore in second. 

Jesse Schifferle tested out his V8 and has sorted out some previous issues. 

Karli Vallence and Carolyn Donnan also had an amazing battle in the Ladies and Juniors Class with only 0.40 of a second separating them in the four-lap dash.

In the end it was Donnan who took the win.

Class P newcomer Andrew Blake went out to see what it would be like and found himself in first place in a Hyundai Elantra. 

Neil Albert put his Lancer through its paces taking third position in his class. Picture: LYN ANDREW PHOTOGRAPHY.

Neil Albert put his Lancer through its paces taking third position in his class. Picture: LYN ANDREW PHOTOGRAPHY.

Terry Ingram took second in his Holden Commodore, followed by his father Mick Ingram, who was having his first try at autocross racing.

"He said to me if you had told me I would be starting a new hobby at 65, I would never have believed you," Gibson said.

"He thoroughly enjoyed the experience."

Ian Brain was another new member to the club and travelled from Ballarat with his very well prepared Class P Peugeot 205 GTI.

"Looking at his times he is a very consistent driver as over 16 laps he was only 3 seconds different on them all, a great display as he gets ready to contest in the VCAS series in 2018," Gibson said.

Class W saw the fastest times of the day with Glenn Williams having a good crack in a Subaru Liberty to take out first place and also broke into the 100 club (completing a lap in under 100 seconds) by three seconds followed behind by Jake Vallence in second in a Subaru Impreza.

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