What an incredible start to the 2014/2015 Race Season at the Steel City Race Way on Saturday October 18 for Round 1 of the Club Championship. With the new and improved track and spectator mound both racers and spectators were impressed by the hard work which has been undertaken over the off season. The weather was great and with many new entrants’ it surely didn’t disappoint with the quality of cars, great crew and competitors putting on a show for everyone to enjoy. It is a tribute to all of the hard work which the Track Committee put into the track and dedication and hard work of others that made the improvements possible it surely didn’t disappoint the competitors with many of them running PB’s (personal best times) throughout the day
Mark Hunt (Huntsman Racing) put on some impressive passes in his Yellow 56 Ford Customline with his best run being a 5.288 @ 130.05 mph
Modified Eliminator saw local man Paul Utting bring his 427 Chev Rear Engined Dragster out for a play running a 5.171 @ 133.59 mph
Super Sedan was a strong field with many of a regular super street and bike racers stepping up to run faster and stronger and many new racers from Adelaide with Michael Jennings a great supporter of the Club in the Max Cranes Lane 1 taking the win in his Chevy Nova running a 6.83 at 100.79 MPH on a 6.84 dial in. Jennings breaking out but not before Vlado Turic leaving a little early and running a red light in Hi-Tec Oils Lane 2 in his Ford Mark 2 Cortina running a 5.65 on a 5.64 dial in
It was a battle of the local boys and their Chevy Camaro’s in Super Street with Lee Hunter taking the win over Leigh Donaldson. Hunter taking the win in the Hi-Tec Oils Lane 2 running a 7.84 @ 87.6 MPH on a 7.80 dial in over Donaldson breaking out running a 7.13 @ 96.15 MPH on a 7.15 dial in in Max Cranes Lane 1.
The Street Challenge bracket was only a small field but still entertaining with Paul Jennings in his Ford Mustang in the Max Cranes Lane 1 taking the win running 9.87 at 61.38 MPH on a 9.50 dial in over Ron Matthews in his Ford Falcon Sprint leaving early and running a red light in Hi-Tec Oils Lane 2.
Malcolm Price and Bryan Finn had the battle of the bikes once again and as usual the Modified Bike Bracket put on a great show for everyone. Price riding his newest addition a Yamaha R1 takes the win in the Max Cranes Lane 1 running a 7.09 @ 113.56 MPH on a 6.95 dial in over Finn on his Honda Solo in the Hi-Tec Oils Lane 2 running 7.128 @ 99.98MPH on a 7.00 dial in
Junior Dragster racing was a competition of the girls with Kelly Donnelly taking the win in the Max Cranes Lane 1 running a 9.24 @ 68.2MPH on a 9.150 dial in over big sister Michelle Donnelly in the Hi-Tec Oils Lane 2 running a 8.03 @ 78.4 MPH on 8.02 dial in. Congratulation girls!
Best Burnout Trophy went to Joe Ridenti driving his Holden Torana, and best presented car and crew went to Huntsman Racing – Mark Hunt
We thank all competitors who travelled to our track and congratulations to all the winners of Round 1 of the Club Championship. Round 2 of the Club Championship is not until the 21st February 2015 the Club will be holding a couple of Race Your Mates on the 6th December and 17th January so come out and see the track and spectator improvements.
To the Committee of the Steel city Race Way congratulations on yet again another successful meeting and great track preparation.
To our Lane Sponsors Max Crane & Equipment Hire and Hi-Tec Oils thank you; Gold Sponsor Martelco Equipment Hire and all of the Clubs other sponsors we thank you for your support and sponsorship.
The Club is always looking for new members and volunteers if you like more information about the Steel City Drag Club contact Mark Kuhn (President) on 0438 259 079 or Lia Kuhn (Race Secretary) on 0407 607 176.
Mark Hunt (Huntsman Racing) Supercharged Outlaw
Joe Ridenti – Super Sedan
Nigel Hartmann and Corey Pocock – Super Sedan