Arno Bay dirt circuit brings field of 44

A huge crowd attended Dirt Circuit Racing at Rehn’s Raceway on August 19.

Forty Four competitors nominated for the event from across Eyre Peninsula and turned on a day of competitive racing in all classes, including the ladies who have certainly improved since this class was included at the start of the season. 

Kate Morgan was spectacular all day and achieved three firsts and a third, but certainly did not have it all her own way with pressure from both Laura Beaumont and Chloe Chenoweth.

Kate Grainger is finding the competitors pretty tough but is improving every race.

Shanae Elliott had her first attempt at racing, starting from rear and gave her mother a few anxious moments when she drove into the scrub in round one and into the wall in round two. No damage though and brother Logan raced all day.

Fourteen nominations for the street stock class created good racing in every round. Jack Grainger finished with a first, a second and two thirds and is certainly one of the younger drivers to watch.

Darren Mead who was married on Saturday tried the impossible when entering the straight too fast and hit the wall finishing upside down. Darren was checked out by St John Ambulance and had no serious injury.

Brothers Jed and Jardin Trenowden both drove well and were good to watch. Junior Ian Ellis would have been disappointed when his car developed trouble and he could not continue racing.

The modified class was fast and very hard racing, but you can not take it away from Tom Harris who was spectacular to watch all day.

David Couzner and the McCallum boys all had their moments and were hard to catch. Josh Smith also drove well but a fourth place in round three cost him dearly.

Adam Schmidt certainly has his car going well after mountains of problems and lots of help from his father Ian to get it going. Overall this is a very competitive class and was great to watch.

Ten open wheelers provided some amazing racing and it was good to see Jason Buckley and Mark Wedding attend, although they did not take home the trophy.

Kym Schmidt had a great day with some very serious battles with Glen Wedding and Ian Wedding, with the least horse power, had a great effort and won round one. Logan Elliott had his moments in his new open wheeler and is going to get better with experience and will be hard to beat. Arno Bay has some very fast open wheelers and any one can win in this class.

Three all-comers were held, Jack Grainger won the street stock class, Andrew Schmidt the modified class, Chloe Chenoweth the ladies’ and Kym Schmidt the open class. The day was sponsored by Leader Distributors, Elders and Trevor Pritchard. The next race meeting is on September 15.

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