A GOOD sized crowd turned out at Western Speedway for the opening meeting for the 2013-14 season and there was plenty of action for the season opener.
American Geoff Ensign captured the win in the Eureka Sheds & Garages SRA 360 Gold Cup, with fellow American Kyle Hirst taking second spot and Victorian Matt Reed in third.
The heats had been hotly contested with Domain Ramsay, Kyle Hurst, Brenton Farrer and Chris Solomon all taking wins, while Solomon had also notched up the points for a front row start for the Top Six Shootout.
Hurst, who had showed a brilliant turn of speed during his first heat, had an incident during his second heat, which saw his car upended, but he was quickly back to the pits, and his crew soon had the car race worthy and ready to go again, but, of course, he had lost valuable starting points.
The top six starting order would have been Solomon with Ramsay on the front row beside him, but unfortunately a lengthy delay in the program due to an incident in the wingless sprint racing, saw organisers delete the Top Six event from the program.
This left the grid for the SRA 360 Gold Cup to start from heat points alone.
This saw Ramsay take the pole position, with Solomon electing to start from the outside row, followed by Farrer and Michael Cunningham.
Further back on the grid were Lumbar, Gardiner and the Americans, Ensign and Hurst, while Matt Reed, who had had a very poor return for his heat races, was well back on the grid.
Ramsay took the lead at the start, but with less than a lap down Hennessy rolled his machine, which brought the race to a halt.
Full story in the Spectator on Thursday, December 19, 2013