Saturday, 18 November 2017

GOS SEDANS

Thurgoona-based racer Daniel ‘Mongrel’ McCarten returned to Speedway racing for the first time this season and he drove like he hadn’t been out of the car in 365 days when he went on to take a big comeback win competing in the Goulburn Oven Sedan Association.

McCarten, who had only recently been cleared to compete after some health concerns, drove superbly all night to take the feature-race win ahead of guest driver in the Victoria # 1 car Mitch Watts and Corowa businessman David Walton in third.
The night included debuts, returns, crashes and black flags to keep the fans and stewards on their toes.

Six heat races were completed to determine the start positions in the feature race and in heat one driving his father in laws car on a still wet track, Watts settled in at the back of the field and made sure he finished with the car in one piece.

McCarten piloted his Pro Bar Bumper Bars supported Falcon to the finish line ahead of Walton, Scott Calander, Mick Bunt, Tom Barnard, Tom Bowers, Jack Milthorpe the rookie and Watts in heat one.

With two heats each round a second group competed with Chelsea Cornelius taking a win in her first heat race on what was a special day for her as the host club Corowa-Rutherglen recognised her Grandfather Arthur through a memorial race held on the same day for another division. Cornelius won from Clint Henderson, Mark Pollard, Wally Dewar, Jamie Atkin, Mick Quinn and Stuart Balins.

Watts started at the front of the field in his second round heat race and he was gunning for a win in clear space. He made a jump at the green flag and despite some competition from Henderson and Watts went on to win with McCarten in third spot then Dewar, Calander, Atkin, rookie Harry Walliss and Balins.

Bowers had a much better run in the second round when he won from Walton, Cornelius, Milthorpe, Bunt and Pollard.

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McCarten made it two from three in terms of heat victories for the night when he won his last heat race ahead of Cornelius with Watts in third place. Bunt continued to perform well and finished ahead of Atkin, Balins and Rusell Taylor another rookie in the class.

Henderson after two seconds earlier, finally picked off a win in his LS1 powered VE Holden Commodore defeating Walton, Dewar, Bowers, Milthorpe, Calander and Pollard in the last heat of qualifying.

With McCarten and Henderson at the front of the field, Watts, Walton, Cornelius and Dewar up in the mix also the battle was one of the best the Goulburn Ovens Sedans put on for the season. McCarten was strong out front, Henderson found himself battling with McCarten and Watts and the leaders caught their way up into the back markers.

A crash involving Dewar and Cornelius that tore up the front of the latter’s car as it slammed the back straight concrete wall, resulted in the chief steward handing out a black flag to Dewar ending his race as well as the crashed Cornelius and her car.

Milthorpe progressed forward and started to look like he had a handle on his new car before he pulled infield not comfortable with his steering. Henderson later tried to make an outside pass around Balins a lapped competitor and the two touched and Henderson slammed into the concrete wrecking his night and his fight for the win.

Through all this McCarten maintained his composure and went on to win from Watts, Walton, Bowers, Calander, Pollard, Atkin, Barnard and Walliss.

Goulburn Ovens Sedan Association would like to thank their 2015-16 season sponsors:
Max’s Motor Museum - Corowa
Maverick Boats - Corowa
Elle Mae Hair & Beauty - Corowa
Corowa Kitchens & Cabinets
Psychic Tina - Leeton
Wahgunyah Rock Yard - Wahgunyah
Stevo’s Painting Services
Cornelius Classic Panels - Corowa
Ace Smash Repairs - Leeton
MP Sheds - Leeton
Corowa Glass - Corowa
Dunkley Paint & Panels - Corowa
Sf Photo Graphix - Mulwala

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