Weather woes for season opener

Justin FrisSouth Western Times
Brad Blake was one of several Bunbury-based drivers who performed well in Perth last weekend.
Camera IconBrad Blake was one of several Bunbury-based drivers who performed well in Perth last weekend. Credit: Richard Hathaway

An untimely spell of heavy rain ensured an early end to the opening meeting of the 2018-2019 Make Smoking History Bunbury Speedway season opener on Saturday.

Rain lashed the course as the lights took full effect, with track officials abandoning the night after only six events.

Club president Barry Hunter said a decision was made by club officials to halt proceedings after the rain effectively turned the track into mud – along with visibility potentially an issue for drivers due to no windows in the cars.

However, for all of the disappointment of the wash out, club officials are optimistic for Saturday’s Speedway Sedans Western Australia 50th anniversary meeting.

“It’s going to be absolutely huge,” Hunter said.

“We’ve got 140 cars nominated, the pits will be full and we will also have camping available.

“It’s a big honour of us to be hosting it and being an anniversary meeting it is extra special. We are hoping for a big crowd.”

In the event part of Saturday’s meeting is washed out, Hunter confirmed a “rain out day” policy would be enforced on Sunday in order to complete the program.

There was good news for Bunbury drivers Todd Davis and Brad Blake however, who shone during Sunday’s meeting at Ellenbrook Speedway in Perth.

The pair, who are two of several South West drivers in excellent form, finished at the business end of their feature races.

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