Photo Credit – Maximum Action Photography
Round 1 of the NSW Compact Speedcar Clubs season point score kicked off with a bang at ACT Speedway Canberra today under overcast skies, which helped hold the moisture in the track surface for the early part of the day.
Former sedan racer, Canberra local, Mark Shepherd started the season in the best possible way driving a very heady race to win the first feature of the season. On a track which had now gone black slick, Mark kept some more fancied opponents at bay over the shortened distance.
It took three attempts at a start before some serious laps were completed. Compact rookie Keiran Macklyn was the first to bring on the yellows after a bump with Shepherd sending Macklyn into the turn 4 wall. Darren Hawksworth then looped exiting four. The next stoppage was for Alan Day after he went into turn 1 way too hot and executed a series of nose to tail rolls. Alan exited the car under his own steam, a little sore, but otherwise OK.
With the field thinning a single file start was called. Mark Shepherd got the jump holding the lead for the first two laps before Rob Eyeington took over the lead. Eyeington looked likely to be the seasons first feature winner before having a half lose in turn 3. Eyeington gathered it and re-entered the track in fourth.
Shepherd was under all amounts of pressure from Mitch Biner, but he drove a very heady race and held on for his maiden Compact feature race. Biner crossed in second. Jason Essai was given third after Eyeington spun exiting four after contacting Biner.
Heat one was a stop start affair. Rob Eyeington recorded the first win of the season. Jason Essai showed plenty of speed to take second. Mark Shepherd came from 6 to claim third.
The second heat ran without incident. Alan Day lead home Rob Eyeington, Jason Essai, Mark Shepherd and Darren Hawksworth. These five ran nose to tail for the entire distance.
Dan Biner debuted his number 7 but suffered teething problems as did Chris Ferguson in his number 9 machine. Gavin Gay had a massive vibration and didn’t complete a racing lap. Andrew Coppock recorded a fifth in his first heat before drive line failure end his day.
Next weekend the boys head to Goulburn for round 2.