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Chasing The Ball At Brobenah – Proves Too Difficult As Charlie Wins

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    Mar 15, 2003
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    Seventeen Goulburn Ovens Sedan Association competitors headed to Leeton venue ‘Brobenah Raceway’ for the Victorian title recently & with misfortune affecting many of the in form pre event favourites, Wagga driver Charlie Ball converted his experience & determination into a state title much to the delight of many whom have known him over the years.

    Each driver competed in three heats before the big twenty five lap title race & as eluded too, things didn’t go exactly to plan for many.

    Ross Maclean (# 7 Commdore – Maclean & Co) a pre event favourite won the first heat of the night & that was to be the end of any glory coming his way as things went downhill from there.

    Maclean started on pole position & led every lap from Pettit, before McCarten passed Pettit with two laps to go, Mick Pettit, Alex Cheney, Justin Brockley, Dave Walton (# 43 Centura – Maverick Boats) & Danny Smith.

    In a race from start to finish without interruption, Leeton member Mitch Watts (# 54 Commodore -Ace Smash Repairs) mapped out his intentions clearly for all by winning by over eleven seconds from Wagga driver Charlie Ball, another Leeton member Mark Gordon, Chelsea Cornelius & Paul Barklem. Watts led every lap whilst Ball & defending champion Wayne Williams had a tight battle until mechanical issues put Williams out of the race.

    Cheney, in a close race defeated Clint Henderson (# 21 Commodore - Corowa Kitchens & Cabinets) by .0639 of a second after taking the lead from Henderson on lap seven of ten, with Ball & Pettit only .4 of a second behind Henderson. Gordon & Cornelius (# 76 Commodore – Cornelius Classic Panels) were the other finishers.

    McCarten (# 25 Falcon – Pro Bar) then took the win in heat four whilst Maclean ended up crunched against the concrete wall during the race. Watts, Brockley & Walton were the only other finishers.

    Things didn’t go to plan for many drivers in the fifth heat when only two drivers finished. Walton won by sixteen & a half seconds over Danny Smith at the line.

    Another heat win to McCarten propelled him to absolute title favouritism when Maclean again didn’t finish, this time with engine issues. McCarten was too good for Ball, Henderson, Brockley, Cheney & Gordon (# 91 Commodore – Menzplant).

    The twenty five lap title race is an absolute marathon around the 917 metre long track & McCarten lined up at the front of the pack with Charlie Ball (# 87 Commodore – Carter Plastering), Cheney, Watts, Walton, Justin Brockley, Clint Henderson, Mark Gordon, Mick Pettit, Danny Smith & Mick Quinn taking the starters flag.

    McCarten led Ball, Cheney, Watts & Walton on lap one before Walton snuck past Watts on the second into fourth.

    On lap ten Walton moved into third ahead of Cheney & a couple laps latter Watts got ahead of Cheney also. Watts picked off Walton in a great battle to take third on lap fifteen before exiting the race on lap twenty one with a flat tyre.

    Watts wasn’t the only change on lap twenty one as race leader McCarten had a battery fault with four laps to go & Ball moved into the lead of the race ahead of Walton & Brockley (# 15 Commodore – Steeline Albury).

    Brockley moved up to second the next lap & on the very last lap it all came un-stuck for Walton as he let go of third spot to local Pettit with Henderson behind him.

    At the chequer flag Ball would win by, 209 of a second from Brockley, Pettit (# Commodore – Chaffey Race Engines) three seconds back from the winner, Henderson, Cheney then Walton & Gordon.

    Charlie Ball was almost in disbelief at his winning result. “I really don’t know where to start. Thank you to everybody involved Rob Carter, Paul Barklem, my family, everybody I do not want to forget. Bad luck to Danny on breaking down, I was in the right spot at the right time & I was giving as good as anybody else so once Danny was gone, I was confident of holding on. What a ride tonight was, what a ride.”

    The G.O.S.A would like to thank their season supporters:
    Max’s Motor Museum – Corowa
    Maverick Boats – Corowa
    Elle Mae Hair & Beauty – Corowa
    Corowa Kitchens & Cabinets
    Psychic Tina – Leeton
    Williams Race Tech – Corowa
    Wahgunyah Rock Yard – Wahgunyah
    Stevo’s Painting Services
    Ricky D’s Pizza – Corowa
    Steel Line – Corowa/Albury
    Cornelius Classic Panels – Corowa
    Ace Smash Repairs – Leeton
    MP Sheds – Leeton
    Corowa Glass – Corowa
    Dunkley Paint & Panels - Corowa

    Written by
    Dean Thompson
    DMT Sports Media
    For Goulburn Ovens Sedan Association

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