Victorian State Title at Rushworth

An impressive contingent of interstate competitors will challenge Victorian drivers in the Compact Speedcar State Championship, to be held at Rushworth Speedway next Saturday, 10th December.

Defending his Victorian Title, Queenslander Wayne Corbett, who also wears NSW 1 will be joined by Emma Harris, also from Queensland. Harris took out third place in NSW last weekend, and is expected at adapt well to Rushworth. Additional entries from NSW are to be confirmed, at the time of writing.

Fourteen drivers from the Victorian Compact Speedcar Club (VCSC) will compete. The Victorian racers want to make sure that the Title does not escape over the border again, because the last two year’s Victorian Championships have gone to Corbett (Qld) in 2015 and Rob Eyeington (NSW) in 2014

Last year’s Title, also contested at Rushworth Speedway produced some on the most exciting action that the Compacts had seen for some time. Ultimate winner, Queensland Champ Corbett had made the long trip together with Australia 2 Darren Dillon. Dillon’s race unfortunately came to a spectacular end when he launched into the air and finished with a spectacular series of rolls after riding over the wheel of Danny Stainer during the race.

Local Shepparton driver Geoff Meyers had qualified on pole and had opened a lead over Corbett when he came together with another car in a controversial incident which saw him crash heavily into the fence. Mark Cecil was holding a safe second place as they approached the chequered flag, only to have his clutch fail and was lucky to roll over the line in fourth, having been passed by Will Van Der Ark and Danny Stainer, who claimed second and third respectively.

Both Meyers and Cecil recently ventured into sedans at Rushworth, and surprised many fans by winning both Feature events in their respective classes, which says a lot for their driving abilities gained in Compact Speedcars. Cecil has since taken a “Gap Year” from the Compacts, and will return with a new car next season. Meantime, Daniel Kettles has purchased the ex-Cecil car and now joins the Victorian entrants.

From Victoria, the two races already run by the Compact Speedcars at Rosedale and Darlington have produced some interesting results. Meyers took out the first event, followed by fellow Shepparton racer Louis Rodriguez who took second place in the VCSC points last year, then Butch Hutchinson. Rodriguez and Hutchinson then claimed first and second respectively at Darlington. All three will be keen to get high on the qualifiers list for this year’s title.

Possibly Geoff Meyers, currently VCSC Club Champion and last year’s points winner, with local experience on Rushworth and pole last year must once again start as favourite. With a history of being dogged by bad luck, Meyers says “I just want to finish a Victorian Title.”

Of the “Interstate Interlopers” again extremely competitive and craving the trophy, Corbett looms large as the obvious threat. Currently holding two state title, and also Queensland 1 last year, he has proven that he can win on Rushworth.

The battle of Meyers vs. Corbett, which was unfortunately cut short last year, just may eventuate again. If it does, fans will be hopeful that it lasts the full 25 laps of the Title event.

.. Ray Read for VCSC.

Pictures by Mark Cowin Photography