Morrison the new queen of standards and Millar still king at Nyora Raceway
Nyora Raceway’s latest show had something for everybody and a little more than we bargained for with a Demolition Derby won by Ben West, a Fireworks display, Wingless Sprints win to Travis Millar, a Ladies Standard Saloon Victorian champion crowned, being Ally Morrison and unfortunately a visit from the Victorian Air Ambulance and local emergency crews after a huge crash left everybody stunned.
The ‘Raceline Motorsport Racewear’ Ladies Victorian Standard Saloon title was the highlight event for many and especially more so due to Mother’s Day the following day and the amount of local race driver representation. Nyora member Trish Dike was the defending champion going into the event with Ally Morrison the last runner up also in the event again along with Tracey Ingram another representative of the Nyora club and all three of the Ladies were considered great chances to win.
Six qualifiers were run with Courtney Meakins, Jaimi Barber, Trish Dike, Meakins again, Ingram and Sarah Meakins, (Courtney’s mother) all winning. Morrison and Courtney Meakins providing the crowd with the youngest Ladies title front row in a long time. With at least eight women in the field that would trouble any man in any race, a cracking race was provided. Morrison controlled the early laps from Courtney Meakins and Ingram.
Early in the piece a crash into the wall by Sarah Price unfortunately also resulted in Hanna Domburg’s car being damaged, both Ladies were the major race casualties. Morrison, Meakins and Ingram had their own little battle whilst back behind them others battled for fourth and fifth with positions changing back and forth every lap.
Zoe Young ran the highline providing entertainment as she kept scraping the back straight wall, it was not her car, and it will buff out. At twenty laps Morrison drove past the chequered flag as the winner from Meakins, Ingram, Dike and Young the top five. A post-race officials decision changed the positions and an after-presentation protest once the change in positions had been raised resulted in the protest being upheld and the positions reverting to the original result.
Ally Morrison from Officer thanked those closest to her. “I have to thank Brad and Krystal Hill the owners of this race car for providing me the best car I have ever raced. Thank you to all my family Dad and Sharon and the team’s sponsors and my personal supporters. Well done to the other Ladies, Courtney and Tracey and thank you to well done to Trish on being a great champion for so long, I am sure we will be side by side for many more laps.” Shared Morrison.
The Wingless Sprints had their own monster feature race on the night, for them it was a prize money feature event supported by ‘Idigit and ML Automotive’ with $2000 to win on the line, however after a major crash that all changed. The racing in round one went to plan with Thomas McDonald, Travis Millar, Matt Mills and Brett Milburn taking wins, then a second round began.
In the attempt to run race two of round two, Ben Poliansky had a violent rollover after entering turn three that was all over in less than a few seconds with roughly seven rollovers occurring. Venue safety crews, local ambulance and fire brigade rescue crews all attended the crash scene where many feared the worst after seeing a tarpaulin erected around the crashed race car.
Thankfully Poliansky regained consciousness and an air ambulance was called to the scene and took Poliansky away for treatment, tests, and observation.
Together between the host club, the Wingless Association, and the Officials an adjusted non feature event programme was arranged to ensure the Ladies title could be completed, the final for Wingless could be held and the Demolition Derby and Fireworks could also take place.
Millar who had been dubbed the ‘King of No Wings’ at Nyora after many wins in short succession at Nyora as a Wingless Sprint racer, took the early feature race lead from Nyora hero Brett Milburn and was never headed in a shortened event race after stoppages. Millar won from Milburn, Mills, Chris Temby, and Kyle Mayson.
In supporting Sports Sedan action Jamie Paull won the final from Marcus Reddecliffe, Wayne Alberni, Scott Angus and Bailey Perkins in a great race between Paull and Reddecliffe. In Speedway Sedan’s Australia Juniors Lachlan Robins from Tasmania won from Seth Sloane and Kiara McKercher also of Tasmania based on their points results in qualifying as no feature was run.
Ben West then sent the crowd home Happy after he won the Demolition Derby whilst Marcus Reddecliffe and Stephen Douglas were casualties in the Derby both being injured after some hard hits.
A spectacular ‘Northern Fireworks’ presented fireworks display sent all the families home happy. Nyora Raceway will be back on May 29th with the Speedway Sedans Victoria Junior Sedan state title and Wingless Sprints will run there $2000 ton win event.
Nyora thank the Club sponsors for this season:
Miles Mechanical Pakenham
Total Autos Pakenham
Rip it Up Earthworks Bittern
PRO1 Race Parts
Cut N’ Core
South East Paving
Tooradin Sports Club
All Care Exhausts Pakenham
John Duff & CO – Shell
J Allcock Plumbing
SS AG Services
Polly’s Auto Salvage
Sherlow’s Used Cars
Concept Trade Solutions
Metal Station Farming Products
Sticky Biz Apparel
Earth Link Electrical
Peninsula District Towing
Somerville Motor Body Works
BAM Inspect & Build
Pakenham Accident Repairs
BGN Auto Glass
Affordable Auto Salvage
Dandenong Pest Control
Wise Steel Sales
Victorian Crane Trucks