Dirt circuit returns after hiatus with new fence

The Arno Bay Dirt Circuit Club held the opening of its new safety fence prior to racing at the day meeting on Sunday, June 23.

The opening was officiated by landowner Peter Rehn after the grand parade.

Peter in his opening speech made mention of the club's improvements over the years.

The surrounds looked absolutely immaculate for the occasion and are a credit to the committee and its hard working volunteers.

From the beginning, it was evident there was going to be some hard racing.

David Couzner won the first modified heat from Chloe Provis and Emma Newland but it was Adam Schmidt that drove well all day with three firsts and a second, Hayden Harris beating him in round two.

Josh Smith had been finding the pace pretty hot but won his heat in round three.

Tom Harris had been near the back of the field all day but scored a win in the last round.

The modified class is very popular and with 19 competitors on the day, mentioning everyone is impossible.

Other drivers to do well were Brody North, David Couzner and Kevin Hillman.

Two heats of five nominated in the street stock class with some very intense competition from a few learners.

After a few breakdowns, the heats were joined with seven cars finishing the day.

Popular drivers Mark Baldock, Jack Grainger and Craig Couzner had good days.

The only exception was Mark 'Dog' Baldock being cut off and going over the finish line sideways in round one but he made amends with a first place in the following round.

Ian Ellis Junior is only 11 years of age and did a fantastic job with three wins, a second and winning the all comers class.

It is pleasing to see more of the younger generation taking part in this great sport.

Only five open wheelers nominated.

Kym Schmidt had a mixed day with some car trouble in round two.

Glen Wedding and Brad Stringer unfortunately did not finish with technical issues.

Overall it was a great day of racing with lots of action provided to the crowd.

Many thanks to all who attended and celebrated our club success with the opening of our new safety fence.

The upgrade has been a fantastic achievement for the growing club.

Sponsors were EP Tribune and Cleve Rural Traders.