TWELVE year-old Zoe Young aided and abetted by the equally young Seth Bent stole the spotlight on Saturday night (February 1) with a spectacular double roll-over and sky high launch during heat racing action for the 1200cc Junior sedans at Nyora Raceway.
Thankfully and incredibly neither driver was even slightly injured and will have a wild tale to tell come show and tell at school this week.
The headline act was meant to be the Lucas Oil Southern Speedcar Series and the big banger V8 Dirt Modifieds but they were both outdone to an extent by the spectacular Junior Sedan mishap.
After an absence of some time, the mighty midgets or Speedcars returned to the tight Nyora Raceway and here it was that Troy “Flash” Jordan returned to victory lane in his CycleHouse #11 after leading every lap of the main event, Paul Farrell in the Moto Tech #2 chased valiantly but was unable to mount a pass on the leader despite getting close on numerous occasions.
Finishing third after a torrid night was last round winner Travis Mills in the Sacrifice Scooters #10.
In earlier heat action straight after the Junior Sedan flip fest, Keith Astrella added to the upside down action when he rode the wheel of Matt Coombe and endured a series of high speed barrel rolls into the turn one fence.
Astrella emerged unharmed.
Jordan and Andy Pearce (Lucas Oils #5) had shared the heat wins.
Local ace Daryl Hickson (Mornington Garden Supplies) was the big winner in the V8 Dirt Modifieds leading home veteran Trevor Perry and Andrew Katz.
Katz and local legend Lloyd Hobson won the preliminary heats.
Standard Saloons featured in the Miles Elimination Cup which saw Chris Stewart take the win over the three part, two directions, 30 lap race.
Stewart never hit the lead until the last lap of the second 10 lap stanza and then went on to lead the final portion to the chequered flag with Gordon Russell grabbing a late second place from Nick Chrystie, early race leader and pole starter Leigh Gooding and local racer Ash England in fifth.
Mark Miles, Gordon and Stewart won the first three heats while Stewart crossed the line first in the fourth heat but was black flagged for oil smoke handing the win to Jason Parsons.
The Junior sedans for drivers between the age of 10 and 16 started out sedately with Donald Young leading the first heat before Seth Bent took control.
These two finished heat two in the same order and then all hell broke loose in the third heat.
As the field raced three wide into turn three Seth got sideways in front of the pack and was hit by Zoe Young.
As Bent’s Daihatsu Charade started rolling it became a spring board for Young who drove up and over Bent before landing and then rolling over also.
Bent gave the big thumbs up as he exited his car while Young sagely stated later that what goes up must come down.
The heat was declared a non-race.
In the final the depleted field saw Donald Young take the win from Shona Bent, Courtney Meakins and Jack Ramsdale.
VSC Open Sedans were also in the house and Dale Meade took his first win of the season from Darren O’Brien and Marcus Reddecliffe. Meade and O’Brien shared the heat wins.
Next event is February 22 for the prestigious Geoff Moule Memorial for Mini Sprints and the wild and willing Crash ‘n’ Bash brigade plus supports.