Speedway enjoys record-breaking event

Colac speedway driver Chris Rodda was among competitors to find racing conditions tough during a record-breaking night at the Simpson Speedway on Sunday.

Colac speedway driver Chris Rodda was among competitors to find racing conditions tough during a record-breaking night at the Simpson Speedway on Sunday.

SIMPSON Speedway officials are on a high following the success of Sunday night’s record-breaking event at the track.

Club president Alan Symons said a crowd of “close to 3000 people” flocked through the gates to witness quality racing on a fast track, which provided tough driving conditions for competitors.

“It was unbelievable, it was a packed house – a record night for Simpson,” he said.

“Because we had the 410 Sprintcars and it was the holiday season everybody rocked up.

“The track was very hooky and fast, it was very exciting racing, there were lots of wheel stands, which had everyone talking.”

Mr Symons said Geelong-based driver Terry Rankin and Warrnambool’s Corey McCullagh stole the show on Sunday, with respective wins in the Formula 500s and 410 Sprintcars.

“Corey McCullagh won the 410 Sprintcars and that was his maiden feature victory, and he’s from Warrnambool,” he said.

“In the Formula 500s, Terry Rankin won.

“He’s from Geelong, but his father is a life member of the Simpson Speedway, and that was his maiden victory.

“Both of them were very popular victories.”

Mr Symons said the addition of the 410 Sprintcars helped attract quality racecar drivers, which reflected in the record crowd numbers.

“We usually have two 360 races and we dropped one and put the 410s on,” he said.

“They cost us a bit more to run, but they usually pay dividends.

“The feedback we had from the drivers and the public was really good, and it was just really satisfying because we put in so much work out there, so to get a crowd like that was awesome.”

The club also unveiled new corporate facilities at Sunday night’s event.

Mr Symons said having extra corporate boxes at the track was a massive boost for the Simpson facility.

“It was full up, I think we had 50 people in the corporate boxes,” he said.

“It’s good for the club, because we can make about $3000 or $4000 from it a night.

“We always had one corporate facility, that held 15, but we just built another one which has one room of 15 and two of 10.”

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