BIG fields and even bigger battles were the order of the day as the region’s drivers gathered to fight it out in the second round of the Riverina Cup at the weekend.
In the Sportsman 125 light there wasn’t much to separate the three very competitive drivers in Chris Tomas, Peter Centofanti and Alex Smith.
Tomas was disadvantaged by a pre-race penalty and Centofanti unfortunately had engine troubles in the first race, though both bounced back, with Tomas picking up first, Centofanti second and Smith a close third.
Sportsman 125 heavy was a head-to-head race with Tony Woodward and Matt Cappello both going toe-to-toe in every race, with the outcome decided in the last race. Woodward claimed first outright, Cappello second and Simon Mezzomo nabbed third.
In the cadet’s class, Thomas Sargent proved too good, taking pole and winning all the heat races, while second went to Lilly Bowditch and third to Coby Elliot.
In the rookies division, Lachlan Zanesco continued his form from round one, comfortably taking first outright, with Jeremy Gilbert in second and third going to Henry Jenkins.
The junior national heavy-light class was a carbon copy of round one as Stewart Wiegand, Bryon Woolner and Jack Dare were at it again through all the heats. It was Wiegand who claimed the top podium position with Jack Dare in second and Byron Woolner in third.
In the junior national heavy Jarrod Whitty was looking to dominate the round again but Jamie Prendergast proved too good the second time around and took the win ahead of Whitty, with Harrison Post in third.
Clubman heavy saw the return of Trevor Whitby and he did not disappoint, claiming a clean sweep of all the heats to take the win. Richard Drooger took second and last round’s winner Julian Scanu took third.
Clubman super heavy was a three-horse race with Brendan Post, Matthew Jenkins and
Garry Schultz. It was a tight competition all day but Brendan Post took home the bragging rights, while Matthew Jenkins had to settle for second and Garry Schultz third.
In the senior national heavy, it was the two Wagga drivers battling it out for first, with Mark Thomas taking it out in the end and Jake Goodyer coming second.
In the Clubman light, Phillip Betteridge was a class above the rest, dominating all day to take first place. Second was James O’Malley and third was Peter Breed.
In the Rotax restricted light, Clint Everingham claimed the top spot with a consistent drive over the day, second was Alex Cattle and a close third was Greg Woolner.
In the Rotax restricted heavy, Anthony Monahan took a well-deserved first place. Gavin Gilbert took second and Tarren Cooper came home in third.
The final round will be held on Saturday, November 10 with a junior and senior Riverina Cup champion to be awarded and a few special surprises are in store.