Alan Day scored an emotional Compact Speedcar feature win on Saturday night at the Falcones Bread Nowra Speedway in front of a sizeable holiday crowd. It was 21 years to the day that Alan’s brother Rodney tragically lost his life in a Speedcar accident at Parramatta Speedway and Alan dedicated this win to his brother.
Starting the feature from near the back in his XXX/Suzuki GSXR, Day was the only driver able to make the high line work to any real effect on a somewhat slick race track. He managed to steadily move his way forward taking over the lead at near half race distance. Once in front he opened a sizeable gap over the rest of the pack.
Darren Hawksworth was an early casualty after making contact with Johnny Kyriacou before a lap had been completed. Tony Aulsebrook, Hombre/Suzuki GSXR, made a blinder of a start from mid pack to take up the early race lead. The yellows came on for a spun Kyriacou at about the half way point. At the restart the field was lead away by Aulsebrook from Day then came Gavin Gay, Rob Eyeington, Darren Margules, Lee Stokes, Craig Hickey and Kyriacou.
Alan Day drove around the outside of Aulsebrook to take up the lead just after the restart and with his brother riding on his shoulder he drove a sensational race to clear out and take a popular feature win. Gavin Gay, Foster/Suzuki GSXR and Rob Eyeington, Stealth/Suzuki GSXR managed to move in front of Aulsebrook on the last lap to come in 2nd and 3rd respectively. Darren Margules, Jackson/Mazda had a great night coming home 5th behind Aulsebrook.
A couple of early night casualties were Victorian Joe Lostitch, who had a major oil leak which he wasn’t able to repair and Steven Hawksworth who’s Yamaha engine wouldn’t fire on all fours.
Heat 1 was a cracker with Darren Margules taking an early lead before being rounded up by Gavin Gay who eventually went on to record the win. The action deeper in the pack, from position 4 back, was sensational as nothing separated the dicing hoard. A minor error by Margules was all that Aulsebrook and Hickey were waiting for relegating the Queanbeyan driver to 4th with Eyeington rounding out the top five.
The second heat was just as good as the first with plenty of side by side action with no quarter given. Johnny Kyriacou lead for more than half of the scheduled laps before being forced wide in turns one and two by the hard charging Carl Yenne in his Breka/Suzuki. Rob Eyeington chased the yellow 55 home to take second with Craig Hickey in third. Hawksworth, Kyriacou and Gay got caught up in pit corner with a lap remaining. Alan Day and Darren Margules completed the top five.
The final heat was no different to the previous two other than the placings. The racing was just as intense. This time though it was Margules who drove a sensational race to hold out Aulsebrook and Eyeington, with Day passing Kyriacou on the last lap to claim 4th. Carl Yenne made things difficult for all those behind him setting off a massive smoke screen before retiring to the infield with a loose oil line.
Lee Stokes deserves special mention. Driving his Allach/Suzuki GSXR he had without a doubt his best meeting hitting all sixes in the heats and feature. (placed 6th in all races). A podium is not too far away for the South Coast racer.
The photos accompanying this article are courtesy of Maximum Action Photography. Also search Compact Speedcars on YouTube for some excellent footage from this meeting.