The Sun Shines on Oceanview
Written by Cindy   
Tuesday, 01 November 2016

By Tony Stuart & Aimee Barnes

 The sun again shone on Supercheap Auto Oceanview Family Speedway for the second meeting of the new season, although a southerly wind kept things cool. Competitor numbers were up on the first meeting, with a number of drivers turning out for their first drive of the new season

 The Elite Mechanical Stockcars once again took top billing. Last year’s series winner Dion Mooney had repaired the malfunctioning power steering pump that kept the immaculate 2NZ machine in the pits last Sunday, and quickly showed he will be the man to beat again this season.

 Mooney took a clean sweep of four wins, including the PAUA Print Grand Slam. The first race saw the 22v of Scott “Scooter” McIntosh take an early lead. Scooter has contracted to Oceanview this season, and will be a welcome addition to the Stockcar ranks. However Dion Mooney was on the charge and after spinning 78V Mark Johnston powered through the field climbing over the front of the 22v car on his mission to claim the chequered flag. 52V Francis Potaka was quick in his first time out finishing in third behind 22v and a tremendous drive after the spin saw with the 78v of Johnston close behind in fourth.

 Mooney’s domination continued as the day wore on, but there were some fierce battles back in the field. Francis Potaka discovered his bumper, Mark Johnston pushed his way towards the front, and Scooter was prominent in the attacking department, but taking punishment as well as dishing it out.

 In the Grand Slam there was action right from the start with the 52V car spinning the 22V into turn 1, then coming out of turn 2 the 81V Superstock of Karlos Holloway turned the 81V Stockcar of Trevor Greig into the wall. The 98v of Gerry Linklater managed to come out of turn 1 in the lead of the race but after clipping a parked car that was quickly remedied by the 2nz who chased him down and took the lead. McIntosh tried to stall Mooney and allow Mark Johnston to sneak past but couldn’t stop the 2nz. 78v decide to have a little fun and spun the 81v car on the back straight then taking him to the grass the next lap in the exact same place. In the end the 2nz couldn’t be stopped and took home the win with 78v home in second.

 In the Sharp As Superstocks, Scott Duncan was joined by 599V Ron Tye, 81V Karlos Holloway and 66S Clint Hill. Their first race started with a bang…from the 599v car which launched from the start only to become stranded with what looked like the driveshaft sitting on the track behind it. A restart was called and 23v Scott Duncan led the race from start to finish, the first of three wins for the day as Tye did not return.

The Remax Realty Youth Ministocks saw wins to Karl Rowe (43P), Trazarn Ryland-Annabel and Brody Casey, son of class sponsor Jon. Brody Casey was greeted with several buckets of water upon his return to the pits after his victory lap, having achieved his first-ever win. His form suggested that his first win will not be his last!

Ayrton Smith (64P) and Bradley Korff (86 S) shared the spoils in the River City Press Adult Ministocks, Korff winning the second race of the day with a daring last-lap pass of Smith.

 The Caird Bobcats Production Saloons first race saw Steven Davis (17V) lead from start to finish uncontested. Grant Loveridge returned to the track today in a production saloon. In the feature race a great battle raged on for the lead of the race between Davis, Grant Little (5V), John Huijs (74V) and Jason Pointon (71V), with the Little car taking the win.

 The Minisprints were welcome visitors. Shane Dewar’s new 41P machine was the class act of the day, powering to a clean sweep of victories after Cameron Hurley (82V) lost power while leading the opening race. Trent Leslie (46V), Kurt Phillips (33S) and Warren Riddick (5S) were also prominent.

 Racing starts at 3pm this Sunday afternoon for our third meeting of the season, and the programme features Superstocks, Stockcars, Youth and Adult Ministocks, Sidecars and Production Saloons.

 There’s a short break after this week’s meeting, after which we’ll be into Saturday night racing, starting with our annual Fireworks meeting on 26th November. That’s a night you won’t want to miss, and as well as our best Fireworks display yet, we’ll be featuring the Trev’s Concrete Stockcar Shootout and the West Coast Youth Ministocks.

 There’s sure to be a big crowd at this meeting, so get here early to get your favourite spot. Bring a picnic tea, or there’ll be extra Gourmet Express vans on site with burgers, hot dogs chips, hot and cold drinks and all your favourite speedway fare; be there!