NYORA Raceway’s first event of the season on Sunday was a fun day, where the biggest winner was ‘Camp Quality’ who support families with a child battling cancer.
The committee that manages the Speedway Club, Nyora Raceway Inc, handed over a significant sum of cash to the cause.
It was discovered that there was at least four families in the crowd that are a part of the Camp Quality family, along with a couple of ex Camp Quality people who are now cancer survivors and enjoyed the activities on the day.
Some of the Nyora members handed out giveaway merchandise, promotional items such as Ducks youngsters could snuggle with and there were sausages in bread to raise funds.
It was also an opportunity for race car owners whose divisions have not quite began their season to come for a last minute hit out and promotion in front of local sponsors.
Whilst other divisions had already started, it gave an opportunity to have more time on track before the season kicks off at Nyora on November 12.
Results didn’t really matter on charity day, but you could not say the drivers were taking it easy out on the clay.
In Mini Sprints, Dave May is the top driver in the class leading into the season by way of results.
He started off with much of the same from last year when he won the first and second heat.
Brad Lowe won the third heat race before the division reversed the feature field with Wonthaggi’s Darren Schnoor taking the victory from Jason Lynn and Lowe.
The National Junior Sedans with 1200cc engines had a nice little field with Nyora member Zoe Young winning the first heat of the day.
Tyler Barton from Melbourne’s Eastern suburbs won the second and the third heat of the day and carried momentum into the final.
Barton defeated the Nyora driver in the final.
Unlimited Sedans and Sports Sedans combined to run as Open Sedans.
Robert Bickham from South Gippsland took a heat victory before visiting driver Matt Stampfli took the victories in heats two and three, and the final ahead of Sean Lister.
One of the organisers of the Camp Quality day was Polly Perkins and he couldn’t have hoped for better day when he won the first two heat races in Standard Saloons.
Garry Charles won heat three and Perkins won the final.
Polly’s son Bailey, fresh off victory the night before at Rosedale, won all three heat races and the final in Junior Standard Saloons ahead of rookie driver and new member Lewis Williams.
Ladies Standard Saloons, Speedcars, Dirt Modifieds, Wingless and Vintage Super Modifieds and Sprintcars also took to the track in support of the great event.
“We would like to thank the volunteers, committee and drivers from Nyora for making this day happen, and to the spectators for the support by attending,” Polly said.
“Any day we can raise funds and awareness for families working through this terrible disease, is a great day.”
Racing for the season kicks off on November 12 with Wingless Sprints headlining the show with an expected 30 cars, the traditional Dave Maslen Memorial for Division 2 Hot Rods and Junior Standard Saloons plus other club classes.