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Fantastic Vsc Ladies Standard Saloon Title Won By Sarah Meakins A 4th Time

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    Mar 15, 2003
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    The Victorian Speedway Council Ladies Standard Saloon title has been run & won at Alexandra Speedway by a local club member in a fantastic display of race craft when Sarah Meakins stormed to a win to become a four time state champion ahead of Trish Dike & Kelly McDermott also a four time state champion.

    Sixteen Ladies signed in to race & each competed in three out of five heat race events before the twenty five lap final closed out the show.

    Defending champion Anne Gooding was amongst the competitors along with a number of racers that could have easily have been in the mix for a win, such as Tracey Ingram who had won the title fifteen seasons earlier, Tegan Bullard who has been strong this season, Emily Porter, Dike, McDermott, Meakins, Kim Eames & Sonia Nelson.

    Heat one got the meeting off to a great start as the Ladies ran eight laps non stop with Bullard taking a .199 of a second win over second row starting Meakins. The race was so close at the front that Porter finished within a second of the race winner giving the tightest finish to a race for the night. Ingram finished in fourth & was the only racer setting laps under 24 seconds in her Commodore with Sammi Mowat, Michelle Sinclair, Bridgette Morgan & Sharon Morrison finishing behind Bullard.

    The top three placegetters in the second heat were all running under 24 second lap times as Meakins from the back of the field took a one second margin to the line to defeat Nelson, Bullard, Dike, Eames, McDermott, Gooding, Melissa Tatterson, Renee Parsons & Morgan with all girls on the lead lap in another non stop race.

    A crash in the third heat eliminated Eames & sent her to hospital with potential breakage of bone that needed to be checked out whilst Sinclair’s car was damaged enough to put her out of this heat, she would be back later for her third heat.

    From the third row Ingram made her way to the front of the field & went on to win by almost six seconds in front of McDermott, Porter, Dike, Mowat, Parsons, Morrison & Amanda Burrows. Ingram set down the fastest lap of the night to this point of a 23.495.

    Meakins set a new fast one lap time in heat four when she clocked 23.489 seconds, however didn’t have things all her own way only beating home defending champion Gooding by 1.271 seconds. Bullard, Mowat, Nelson, Tatterson, Porter & Morgan completed their races whilst Morrison suffered some mechanical issues to end her race on lap five.

    Dike then set about winning the final heat of the evening in heat five setting a new fastest eight lap time of 3 minutes 16.329 seconds as she led to the finish Ingram, McDermott, Gooding, Tatterson, Nelson, Burrows & Sinclair with a huge distance of 7.675 seconds between first & second in Dikes borrowed Ben Randall owned race car.

    Heat results then gave us a line up of Meakins, Bullard, Ingram, Dike, McDermott, Porter, Gooding, Nelson, Mowat, Tatterson, Morgan, Sinclair, Parsons, Burrows & Morrison for the twenty five lap final.

    The twenty five lap event got underway with a spin by Bullard whilst second in front of the rest of the field causing a crash involving others who couldn’t avoid her stricken Commodore, Sonia Nelson & Sammi Mowat were amongst those & couldn’t restart.

    Meakins at the restart got away form Dike & quickly worked to put distance between herself and the others which included, Dike, Ingram, McDermott, Emily Porter, Melissa Tatterson & Gooding who were trying to stick with her.
    Meakins car dropped a plug & was running on five & the field still couldn’t catch her as she rounded up backmarkers running the high line around the top end of the track to perfection.

    When the chequered dropped Meakins in a popular home club victory had defeated Dike, McDermott, Ingram & Gooding with Sharon Morrison, Tatterson, Amanda Burrows, Michelle Sinclair, Bridgette Morgan & Renee Parsons with Meakins & the next three Ladies lapping fifth place.

    After the final the winner Sarah Meakins was very proud of her result. “To win a fourth title & at my home track is not something I would have thought about before the night with so much quality here. I have to thank my family & crew for keeping the car so strong & me so calm. Rod & Aaron thank you for everything you do for my racing, Kellie Jenkins thanks for your support tonight & everybody else you know who you are. Well done to the other girls for the fast clean racing we showed tonight. Thank you so much to the track crew at Alexandra Speedway for the fast track we had tonight.”

    The Victorian Speedway Council congratulates all & wishes Kim Eames a speedway recovering from her injuries.

    Written by
    Dean Thompson
    DMT Sports Media
    for Victorian Speedway Council Inc

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