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Mick proves to be too slick

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April 12, 2018

Michael Coad to the Victorian SDAV Hot Rod title at Rushworth Speedway on Saturday. Picture: Random Panda Photography

Goulburn Valley Auto Club hosted the Victorian title for the SDAV Hot Rods at Rushworth Speedway on Saturday.

The annual Junior Sedan feature and the visiting Compact Speedcars also made for a great night’s entertainment keeping fans on the edge of their seats.

In the SDAV Hot Rod title a number of competitors were in with a realistic chance of winning including Shannon Meakins, Stan Marco Sr and Michael Coad.

Each competitor competed in three of the four qualifying heat races with Coad winning the first of those before Meakins won the second.

Marco Sr then won the third and the fourth heats to put himself off the front row for the title race.

The popular hot rods with their sleek 34 Ford-based body designs powered by mostly Chev 350 engines then got stuck into the 20-lap title race.

Marco Sr led the field early before Meakins made a move on lap four and swiftly took the lead, while Coad sat in third until lap seven when he moved ahead of Marco.

On lap 15 Coad passed Meakins who dropped as low as fifth before passing Jamie May and Marco Sr to get back to third.

Coad secured his first SDAV Hot Rod title ahead of Dean West and Meakins.

In the Compact Speedcars, Butch Hutchinson, Alan Pitcher and Justin Paull all won the qualifiers with Paull recording a fast one-lap time of 16.872 in his third heat win.

Hutchinson led the feature race early, before Paull pounced on lap six to be the third leader of the race.

Hutchinson tried a number of times to get past Paull, however, the finish came at just the right time with Paull winning Hutchinson and Pitcher.

In the annual Junior Sedan feature racefierce competition was expected between Lachie Fitzpatrick and Tristan McGraw and they didn’t let anyone down.

After some keen heat racing, Fitzpatrick went on to win the final from McGraw and Josh Cecil.

The next meeting at Rushworth Speedway is on April 28 with the Super Sedans and V8 Dirt Modifieds the major races for the evening.

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