Stokes wins maiden feature at Nowra

After talking up the potential of 17 year old Jack Stokes since he made his debut at round one, he really produced the goods last night winning the Compact Speedcars feature race leading from go to woah in a faultless drive on a somewhat difficult track at Nowra Speedway.
The field of cars was thinned with the Heaton teams 3 cars being watched over as the fires burning south of Sydney threatened the Heaton’s property at Bellimba Park.
Craig Hickey and Kyle Sharpe were early casualties, Hickey with no oil pressure and Sharpe with a clutch drama, whilst both were running strong in the first heat.
So the night was all about the “B” grade drivers and their performances provided plenty of entertainment for the crowd on the hill.
Highest point man, Stewart Henderson drew the marble to determine the starting order for the feature. Unfortunately for him he drew rear this put young Stokes off poll after the late withdrawal of Butters Burnham who was now out with what appeared to be a fuel pump issue.
With time slipping away the feature was shortened. One of the most impressive drives all night was from another of the younger generation, Ethan Brown who consistently move his way forward and picked up his first feature trophy with an outstanding 2nd placing. Andrew Coppock, who has also been gaining in confidence scored 3rd. After winning 2 of the earlier heats, Stewart Henderson recovered from the poor pill draw to come home 4th. Rounding out the top 5 five was second meeting rookie, Grant Crook who’s lap times just got better and better as the night wore on.
Jack Stokes was the other heat winner and set the fastest lap times in every race.

R Eyeington