Mother nature tried her best to spoil the hopes of the Speedway faithful that fronted for the meeting at Nowra on Saturday night only to be foiled by the efforts of the track crew and drivers who won out, bringing the race surface back after early showers looked like bringing the meeting to an end before it had started.
Alan Day made it feature win number 3 in his XXX/Suzuki GSXR using the highline to great effect on a track that was as near to perfect as you could get. Coming from the back row Day disposed of the likes of Aulsebrook, Hickey and Gay before coming up to the rear of his cousin Lee Stokes and accelerated to the lead going down the back stretch. Day then drew well clear rattling off some pretty quick laps on his way to another feature race victory.
Craig Hickey (Alach/Yamaha R1) took over second place mid race leaving Lee Stokes (Infinity/Suzuki GSXR) to try and hold off a determined Gavin Gay (Foster/Suzuki GSXR) and Tony Aulsebrook (Hombre/Suzuki GSXR) over the closing stages. At the fall of the checkers it was Day, Hickey, Stokes, Gay and Aulsebrook the top five.
Heat one was run on a very wet and greasy track. Making the most of his front row start was Steve Zarb in the Alach/Datsun. Zarb looked set for another race win before the Datsun dropped onto three cylinders. Tony Aulsebrook took over the lead with two to run. Alan Day managed to get by Carl Yenne (Breka/Suzuki GSXR) as the checker was waived. Steve Zarb held off Gavin Gay for fourth.
The second heat saw Yenne left in the pits with front end damage. Alan Day is proving to be a very regular heat race winner taking out the second heat from Steve Zarb who’s Datsun powered machine was still only running on three cylinders which proved to be an advantage on a track that was now very greasy from some light rain that started to fall prior to the race start. Aulsebrook placed third with Stokes and Hickey in fourth and fifth.
With the State title on at Nowra on Saturday the 8th March expect some sensational wheel to wheel open wheel racing on the best racing surface in the country. Hope to see you there.
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