The Late Model fraternity from Victoria & South Australia left the Redline Raceway venue wanting more on Saturday night the 29th of November & although the final was not completed & a winner not confirmed there was enough high side passing, low line dives & of course the huge rumble from the engines that kept the fans wishing they could have had more. The Victoria v South Australia Shootout was officially round two at Redline after a Murray Bridge washout the week prior & included contracted competitors & South Australian top gun Mat Crimmins, New South Welshman Scott McPherson (# N7 Mopar – Better Trailers Canberra) & Victorian Graham Forte who have chosen to enter selected races. Contracted competitors include Gary Bryans, Luke Raymond (# S5 Chev – Dassa Motorcycles), Justin Pearson, Stuey Hill & Mick Hetherington & at the end of the three heats both Crimmins & Forte claimed front row starting positions ahead of Bryans (# V26 Chev – Masterbilt Racecars Australia) & Raymond. Each driver competed in two of three heats to qualify for the final event beginning with heat one where Raymond and Hill began at the front. In a ten lap heat with nine starters eight finished with Darryle Launer (# S21 Ford – DJ’s Scrap Metal) unfortunate to make contact with the concrete in a first lap four car melee and not get to finish. The other three involved restarted & then Hill converted his front row start into victory, Raymond finished second then came McPherson, Bryans, Steve Vaughan (# S67 Chev – Performance Techniques), Crimmins, Pearson & Hetherington. With Forte Engineering supporting the round, Forte & Pearson (# V10 Chev – Healesville Directional Drilling) then began from the front row in the second heat with the # 7F driver Graham Forte keen to secure the win. Pearson though was not as sentimental as Forte would have liked and Pearson threw his machine into turn one a couple times before finally getting away to win from Hetherington a rookie driver who was sensational in progressing from ninth place at the start in Pearson’s old machine, then came Forte, Danny Amato (# 0 Chev – Australian Racing Products) & McPherson. Various accidents and incidents resulted in Matt Nulty, Launer, Chevy Edwards (# AX21 Chev – Lake Eildon Houseboat Sales), Wayne Belk & Hill not finishing with Launer being the worst of the non finishers after slamming into the wall in the middle of turn three & four to avoid others who had come to a halt head on at full speed. The hit left Launer a little battered as he was taken to hospital for checks before later being cleared of any permanent damage. The final heat race lined up with Vaughan & Amato at the front of the field & it wasn’t long before Crimmins (# S10 Chev – Ruston Engineering) showed why he has finished in the top three of some of the countries biggest races as he drove strongly to hit the front and take the win from Bryans, Forte who moved forward from eighth place, Raymond, Nulty (# 29S Chev – JB Irrigation), Vaughan & Belk (# 32V Mopar – Clearview Mirrors) whilst Amato ended up crunched against the front straight wall as a non finisher in a hard hit with no other competitor involved. The feature field starters in order after the qualifying heats were Crimmins, Forte, Bryans, Raymond, Pearson, McPherson, Hetherington (# V40 Chev – Wayne Horne Earthmoving), Vaughan, Nulty & Belk with Hill (# 84S Chev – Hytek Concrete), Launer, Edwards & Amato unable to start the final. After a couple of false starts to the feature where some crashes took some time to clear the track Bryans got the Victorian crowd on their feet when he made a low line move into the lead only for another crash to halt the race. The last crash also resulted in the division being caught by the venue curfew at the three lap mark of the race preventing any further attempts to continue. As a result, the current point score for the contracted drivers is based off the heat results only & the standings are Bryans 45 pts, Raymond 45 pts, Pearson 44 pts, Hill 40 pts, Hetherington 34 pts, Amato 23 pts, Vaughan 23 pts, Nulty 19 pts, Launer 15 pts & Edwards 5 pts. The next LMRV race date is January the 24th at the 670 metre long Wahgunyah Speedway where, for the first time under Late Model Racing Victoria leadership, the Victorian State Title will be held. The Victorians will have some stiff competition arriving from both New South Wales and South Australia to contest this event. You can get involved with the association by contacting either Rod Edwards the President on 0427 837 385, Justin Pearson the Vice President on 0408 356 729 or Lisa Edwards the Secretary on 0427 007 907. Late Model Racing Victoria Inc. is proudly supported by Kevin Carey – K C Pty Ltd Australian Racing Products Belkblast Pty Ltd Forte Engineering Healesville Directional Drilling Lake Eildon Houseboat Sales Huckers Car & Truck Hire Horne Enterprises Pty Ltd Written by Dean Thompson DMT SPORTS MEDIA for LMRV Inc.