In the action-packed final event of the 2020/21 Goulburn Speedway season, Jason Bates was the big winner and left more than $6,000 richer.
The marquee event of the night on Saturday, May 22, was the 86 Lapper Wingless Sprints race, which drew a huge field and an even bigger crowd.
Anticipation was high for this particular event, as it had been postponed twice during the season due to inclement weather.
"We were expecting a big crowd, because it was the last meeting of the season and it's a pretty special event," Goulburn Speedway race secretary, Tony Kranitis, said.
"We were pretty pleased to get it happening, and of course so was everybody else."
Bates, a veteran of the Wingless Sprints and former state champion, was a dark horse to win from the outset.
He led from the start of the race, but was hotly pursued by Australian champion Kyle Mock for many laps.
In the latter stages, Mock was eventually overtaken by Todd Hobson, but Bates kept clear of the Victorian and held on for an emotional first place finish.
Goulburn's Peter Granger was the only local driver to make it through to the A Main, and he finished the race in what Kranitis called a "pretty good effort".
Other winners from the night were:
- Junior Sedans - Jack Murphy
- Compact Speedcars - Grant Lahiff
- Limited Sedans - Kevin Sherwood
While the event was in large a resounding success for the Goulburn Speedway, one incident put a damper on proceedings.
During the heat races, Wingless Sprints driver, Jake Ionn, lost control of his car and crashed.
The crash crew and medics reacted quickly to secure Ionn and he was taken to hospital, where fractures were found in his neck.
He was helicoptered to Nepean Hospital, but an update from NSW Wingless Sprints mentioned that he was in "good spirits".
The crash aside, Kranitis said the event went very smoothly and was a fitting end to the season.
"Everything went like clockwork, it was really good," he said.
As the action at Goulburn Speedway calms down until the beginning of next season, members have one last event to look forward to.
On June 12, a 50th anniversary party will be held at the Goulburn Workers Club. The event will mark a massive milestone for the speedway, and Kranitis said a good night is expected.
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