Tuesday, 26 September 2017

SUPER RODS

Off the back of winning the Podger Memorial earlier this season, Andrew Howard once again found himself in victory lane on Saturday night, winning the Victorian Super Rods Title at Mortlake’s Mid-Western Speedway.

Currently contesting his third season with the class, the Greenvale, Victoria-based racer reached new heights on Saturday night when he capped his 2016-17 season in the best possible fashion, achieving his maiden Victorian Title win, after also winning the Podger Memorial at Simpson Speedway for the first time earlier this season – two of the most prestigious events on the Super Rods calendar.

Securing pole position for the Victorian Title-deciding feature race, by virtue of a second, a third and a win in his heat races, Howard slipped back to third at the drop of the green flag, but managed to compose himself, quickly closing back in on the front-runners and making his way into the lead by lap five. From there, he could not be headed, going on to take a comfortable victory.

“To win one of these events, let alone two of them, after trying to do so for three seasons is a fantastic achievement and a real testament to the hard work continuously put in by the whole team,” commented the laidback pilot of the Vic # 13 Penrite Oil supported car, who has previously dabbled in 360 Sprintcars and SDAV Hot Rods.

“We just tried to head into the Victorian Title as relaxed as possible, so as not to psych ourselves out and thankfully it paid off. I’m absolutely honoured to join the calibre of drivers who have previously won the Victorian Title – including my dad, Chris Howard.

“Along with my family, the rest of my team and our sponsors, I have to say a huge thank you to my co car-owner Ron Jones, whose support has been invaluable and has played a huge part in our success this season.”

Photo: Robert Lake Photography

With his dad, Chris, also racing Super Rods, Howard has a strong speedway pedigree, which has no doubt assisted him in consistently becoming more competitive throughout the past three seasons, with the 34-year-old racer also shifting his focus solely to Super Rods in the last two seasons, having previously split his time between racing and assisting friends with their Sprintcars.

Experiencing ongoing driveline issues last season after building a new car, Howard, Jones and the rest of the team were able to get on top of things towards the end of the 2015-16 season and have been able to go from strength to strength this season as a result, contesting around 15 feature races and remarkably finishing no worse than second place in each of them.

Already looking forward to next season, Howard and his team plan to undergo more engine development during the off season, which they’re hoping will allow them to continue improving on their solid 2016-17 season form.

Howard would like to thank the following 2016-17 season sponsors for their valued support: Penrite Oil, PRP Engineering, CGDM, Flowcraft Heads & Engines, Monster Ignition, Lock Shocks, and Chris Howard Race Engines. Special thanks: Ron Jones, Chris Howard (dad), Marie (mum) and Shaun (brother).

Photo: Robert Lake Photography

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