Lahiff wins at Sapphire Speedway

Grant Lahiff became feature winner number two for the season after scorching to his second big win at Sapphire Speedway Bega last weekend, he joins Mark Heaton who won round one at Cullen Bullen at the end of September.

A good field of Compact Speedcars were on hand with support from Victorians David Hutchinson and Louis Rodriguez. Having their first run in Compacts were Brad Rawlings and fellow Canberra driver Kyle Sharpe. Young Robert Heaton was also making his Compact debut. Former ACT champion Rob Rawlings returned to Compact action after almost 15 years.

The hosts provided another awesome race track for the Compact boys to strut their stuff. Louis Rodriguez made his intentions clear by romping away to claim heat race 1 ahead of Mark Heaton and Rod Burns. Unfortunately for Ayden Elliott his night ended after only four laps when his power plant let go.

Rob Rawlings return to Compacts couldn’t have gotten off to a better start after taking out the second heat in front of Grant Lahiff and David Hutchinson.

Louis Rodriguez ripped the track up breaking the lap record on the way to claiming his second win. Rod Burns, ever improving, held off Brad Forgeard for a great second placing. Mark Heaton’s night wasn’t going to plan with power steering issues forcing his retirement.

Grant Lahiff held off the Rawlings team in heat four beating home Rob and Brad. Young Robert Heaton was making steady progress showing plenty of skill keeping the car straight and out of trouble.

Rod Burns night just kept getting better and better winning heat5. Brad Forgeard brought his number 99 machine home second ahead of Andrew Coppock.

The final heat saw Grant Lahiff claim his second heat win again ahead of Rob Rawlings. David Hutchinson found the lower line was the faster line to finish 3rd a short distance back.

The reds were called for after a couple of laps into the feature for Andrew Coppock. An electrical fire had the fire crew quickly in attendance before any real damage could occur. The race restarted with Grant Lahiff resuming the lead, a lead he would extend for the remainder of the 15 lap feature. Rob Rawlings topped of a great return to compacts claiming a fast finishing second. Never outside the placings all night was Rod Burns bringing his ride home in third. “Butch” Hutchinson just got faster as the night went on resulting in a fine 4th placing ahead of a very consistent display from Brad Forgeard. Stewart Henderson overcame a poor earlier night to recover to be just outside the top five. Kyle Sharp made a very consistent start to his Compact career finishing every race and taking the car home straight as did Robert Heaton.

We are now looking forward to the third round in a few weeks at Goulburn Speedway.