Large crowds turned out in person and tuned in online to witness two action packed nights of racing at Timmis Speedway over the Easter weekend.
“Crowd numbers were huge,” Mildura Speedway Drivers Club media liaison Angelo Halacas said.
After COVID restrictions were implemented in Brisbane the week before Easter, plans to broadcast the event live were turned on their head with the Queensland based company set to do the feed unable to travel.
The club decided to trial their own broadcast of the event and it was well received.
“The live feeds over the weekend had over a 100,000 hits and sat at about 1000 devices viewing at one single time,” Halacas said.
“This peaked at 1700.”
Halacas said the highlight for many was the Sprintcar features on both Friday and Sunday nights.
“They were wild,” he said.
“And then there was the Modified Sedan racing where they were at times running four wide.
“That was epic.”
Fans were also treated to the running of two State Titles – the South Australian Modlites Title on Friday night and the Victorian Modlites Title on Sunday night.
Queenslander Terry Leerentveld won both events, with South Australian Ryan Alexander finishing second on both occasions.
The Modified Sedans were a crowd pleaser with some very close and exciting racing throughout the weekend.
Australian champion Kye Walters won the first mini feature of Night One, while Todd Atkins won the second mini feature on the same night.
Local driver Wade McCarthy was in great form, finishing second to Walters in the first final.
On Sunday night Taleah Dolic earned her place in the A Main following her win in the B Main with an impressive performance.
In the Murray Magic, the final for the Modified Sedans, on Sunday night, the local drivers didn’t fair well, with David Smith the top performer finishing in seventh place.
In the gruelling 50 lap final, Mildura’s Jarod Waters finished 10th, the last driver of the 24 strong field to go the whole distance.
Jake Drewett completed 38 laps, Martin Hawson 37 and Dolic 10.
In the first night of racing for the Sprintcars – the final round of the All Stars Series – local driver Jason Bolitho was involved in a massive roll-over but miraculously made it out for the B Main after borrowing a top wing from fellow local Corey Sandow, who retired from racing after blowing an engine.
Cameron Waters was the top performers for the local drivers, finishing in 11th place for the final.
Fellow local Jay Brown also made the big dance, but was only able to complete 29 of the 30 laps.
Sunday night saw the sprintcars back on track for the 360 Easter Nationals.
Again, Waters was our top driver in the final, coming home in eighth place.
The Timmis Speedway calendar culminates on May 8 with AMCA Nationals, the Street Stock Top Gun and VMPA Modified Sedans.