Youngsters thrive in big weekend

ON THE PACE: Demi Jennings was on the pace in the Junior Sedans. Pictures: PARIS CHARLES

By Paris Charles

A QUARTET of Junior competitors from the South East region, representing the Borderline Speedway Club of Mount Gambier, ventured across the state for speedway action last weekend, taking in two nights of competition as they further their race craft education, gaining valuable experience on different dirt tracks.

The first night was in Mildura on the Friday, then the following night in Waikerie.

Jayden Garner, Violet Thorne, James Becker and third generation racer Demi Jennings all enjoyed the weekend of competition.

The weekend kicked off at the Timmis Speedway, Mildura, in support on the opening night of the Speedway Sedans Australia Australian Production Sedan Championship.

In the New Stars final Victorian Jackson Warrener was the victor, while Thorne was a well-deserved runner-up.

Jennings and Becker claimed fourth and sixth respectfully.

Garner contested the Top Stars section and against a field on nine, finished fifth in the 15-lap final.

Meanwhile, Waikerie’s Sunline Speedway, located in the Riverland region of South Australia served up some strong traditional club-style racing as a large attendance gathered to watch the action.

While there was no featured class, the racing across the board was at a competitive level.

The Junior Sedans Top and New Stars were bundled together for the evening.

With the Top Stars being more experienced, they controlled the front of the field.

From the eight-lap heat races, Garner fared the best to claim two of the three wins to qualify on pole position for the 12-lap final.

Fellow heat winner Lachlan Brown, from the Murray Bridge club, claimed the remainder to share the front row.

Garner led the early proceedings before Brown took the lead.

The race encountered a single stoppage period when Jennings was spun by another competitor.

Fellow Borderline Speedway representative Becker was left with nowhere to go and ploughed into the side of Jennings, but both continued at the restart.

Brown led the field away and Garner pushed hard, chasing the race winner to the chequered flag.

Mildura’s Deisel Fallon rounded the Top Stars podium while Seth Greig pushed hard in fourth overall and first in the New Stars, followed by the fast females Thorne and Jennings.

Chasing them down to the wire was Brodie Reichstein, Rylan Hartman and Becker.