Weather was perfect for the final speedway meeting of 2017. Not to cool or hot and most importantly no rain. After the November meeting was cancelled just as racing was about to start the speedway club was hoping for a fine night for their Goulburn Auto 1 Christmas Cup meeting and that is what they got.
From the start the action was fast and furious with drivers keen to see what they could achieve after wash out meetings and cancellations over the past month.
The Super Sedans, competing in the GJ Gardner series were divided into two divisions A for the faster drivers, mostly with V8 powered machines and B for the newer competitors and with the cars running smaller engines.
Kurt Kranitis was running in the B division but although he seemed to be performing fairly well in this group, particularly considering it was his racing debute. However his night was ended prematurely with a blown head gasket.
Paul Kranitis showed that he was one of the better performers throughout the night however in the final feature race he was out driven by, former NSW Champion, Lachlan Onley from Orange.
There was quite a dice between the top three or four cars in the feature race, with Onley winning followed by Kranitis and in third Andrew White.
It was a night for minor mishaps and mechanical failure. Winner of the Production Sedans Christmas Cup Damien McAlister suffered a flat tyre in one race. The same fate forced several competitors to withdraw from heats or caused them to drop back in the field.
Craig McAlister suffered a similar problem to Kurt Kranitis with mechanical issues ending his night prematurely.
Goulburn had a strong presence in the production sedans, including long time speedway campaigner David House, a multiple national speedway champion in Super Sedans and other classes. Finishing second to McAlister in the production sedans was Darren Snowden with Wes Barnes from Dubbo third.
Barnes commented that Saturday night’s racing was a good preparation for him, toward the Goulburn Speedway’s January 6, Rocky Hill Royale which is likely to attract a large field of cars in this very competitive class of racing. In the final event of Saturday night, the Lightning Cars Dean Eden was first, Danny Stone second and Chris Davis third. Eden said it was a long time since he last raced in Goulburn.