Gripping meeting drops chequered flag on the season

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Demolition derby winner Danny Reynolds.
Camera IconDemolition derby winner Danny Reynolds. Credit: SWB Photography

Mt Barker Speedway wrapped up a big season with their grand final, which provided an entertaining day of racing at Les Gorman Park last Saturday afternoon.

The final meeting of the season was the last chance for drivers to gain club championship points, while the popular demolition derby, ladies’ and mechanics’ novelty races were also held.

Damon Trouchet was able to prevail in the overall points standings for super sedans after a consistent afternoon when he won both preliminary heat races and finished second in the 12-lap final.

Chris Pavlovich won the final but could only manage second on points and veteran Kevin Bell finished third overall.

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In a very competitive production sedan field, local member Bill Penn took home top honours after winning two of the three events. Penn narrowly edged out Jason Batchelor by 0.891 seconds in the 10-lap feature, with visiting driver Rick Musarra and Batchelor claiming second and third respectively in the points standings.

Bill Penn on the inside of Rick Musarra in the production sedans.
Camera IconBill Penn on the inside of Rick Musarra in the production sedans. Credit: SWB Photography

Paul Bowman dominated the two street stock heats before he was beaten by Clinton Coleman by only 0.273 seconds in the final, but Bowman still won the overall points battle from Coleman and Peter Bassett.

In the junior sedans, Hope Batchelor produced a dominant display to win every race by a big margin. The novelty races went to Narelle Batchelor (ladies), Jay Ford (mechanics) and Robert Baines (super sedan mechanics).

Danny Reynolds was the last car standing in the demolition derby to claim the winner’s cheque and he was also best presented, while Paul Spinks won the most damage award.

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