It was a night of firsts at Goulburn Speedway last Saturday when the Compact boys went out to play.
On a track that tested everyone Litre Car convert Steve Zarb held all at bay to record his first race win since making the switch winning the first heat.
Rob Eyeington ended on his lid at the start of the feature in his first roll over ever.
Lee Stokes recorded his first feature race podium with a great second place behind Steven Hawksworth who scored his first feature race win.
As mentioned previously the track was a real challenge, rough from top to bottom making for some very exciting racing with passing opportunities at a minimum.
Steve Zarb managed to stay ahead of the tightly packed field to take out the first heat in his Allach/Datsun. Unfortunately for Steve this would be the only race for him to start, breaking a fitting on the brake master cylinder that could not be repaired, even after all the best efforts of his crew. Gavin Gay (Foster/Suzuki GSXR) was the best of the back markers coming through the pack to score second ahead of Darren Margules (Jackson/Mazda). Craig Hickey (Allach/Yamaha R1) and Alan Day (XXX/Suzuki GSXR) were fourth and fifth respectively.
Gavin Gay set a blistering pace on an ever worsening track to win the second heat. Steven Hawksworth has been quickly coming to grips with his KHP/Yamaha FZR and held out Rob Eyeington (Stealth/Suzuki GSXR) for second. Darren Margules and Craig Hickey rounded out the top five.
The track conditions would play a part during the feature race with Alan Day breaking a chain while making a charge for the lead. The start was short lived after Rob Eyeington and Darren Margules made contact entering turn one with the red number 98 ending up on its side. A punctured outside rear tyre resulted in the Eyeington car being pushed infield. Margules exited his car to inspect damaged and subsequently blacked flagged for breaking his belts.
Steven Hawksworth led the field away with Alan Day, Gavin Gay, Craig Hickey and Lee Stokes behind. Days chain broke late in the race. Gavin Gay looped the number 15 trying an outside move for the lead and was the collected by the closely following Hickey. With time running out the track steward declared the race early. Steven Hawksworth was given the chequered flag for his parade lap with Lee Stokes picking up second and Craig Hickey given third.
Next weekend it’s on again this time at Nowra. This will be the last opportunity for a run at the South Coast track before the state title.