Plenty of thrills and spills at Southern 500
FAST racing and the ever-popular caravan demolition derby were the highlights of action at Heathmere’s Southern 500 Speedway on Saturday night.
The final of Formula 500 Speedweek provided the best of the racing, and was well supported with standard saloons, production sedans, junior sedans also racing, while the Anton Domburg Caravan Race capped off a great night at the track.
With strong crowd numbers in attendance for the night, Southern 500 Speedway president Darren Pumpa said a great night was had by all on and off the track.
“It was a really good night, the weather was really good and the crowd turned out; we think we had about 3000-5000 for the night,” Pumpa said.
“The Formula 500s and the caravan race were the highlights; we had an American driver going around with a few good Aussie drivers.
“They were pretty fast throughout the night and although there was a few bingles, we didn’t have too many accidents; there was a lot of passing as well.”
Victoria Dion Bellman was victorious in the Formula 500 A-main final, finishing ahead of Western Australian Thomas Davies and American Jake Andreotti.
Local racer Angus Hollis was also among the 22-driver field, finishing 14th in the final, but was able to consolidate a 10th overall finish for the series in just his second season in the category.
The standard saloons class was won by Jason Heaney, with John Calderwood winning the production sedans and Todd Atkins taking home the trophy for the junior sedans.
Local driver Matt Domburg was crowned the winner of the caravan race and Pumpa said the event provided plenty of highlights.
“It’s always an entertaining race and the kids love it when the drivers start crashing and smashing the caravans up.
“There were seven caravans in the end, which is what we get for the event most years.”