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Nyora Raceway’s traditional festive
season race event featured the visit-
ing Dirt Modified category and Nyora
favourite son Daryl Hickson went
home $1000 richer when he took the
big win in the Grand in the Hand fea-
ture race, also on the program was
the Sports Sedan New Years Chal-
lenge and David Donegan campaign-
ing a Holden powered Cortina, took
Other winners on the night includ-
ed Ally Morrison in the Junior Se -
dans, Trish Dike in Ladies Standard
Saloons and Warrick Taylor in Open
The Dirt Modified field included
competitors from Echuca, Mel-
bourne’s East and the Mornington
Peninsula and qualifying race wins
went to Hickson, Brett Clarke and
Mark Topperwien before a pole
shuffle to determine pole position
finished with Hickson defeating Hop-
The twenty lap final was in tricky
conditions that could not be helped
after one of the water trucks was put
out of action during the night, the
track went slick down low and dry
and dusty higher up and the freight
train of competitors kept their cars
on the black trying to force a mistake
on those in front of them.
Hickson was challenged by Hop-
kins and Clarke before going on to
win from Clarke, Hopkins, Micheal
Ardley and Mike Burke.
In Sports Sedan racing a couple
fancied entrants had a tough night
mechanically which opened the door
for some local long time members to
get in and amongst the leaders.
David Donegan whom had come
runners up a couple times over re-
cent seasons at Nyora in Open Sedan
events, finally took a win in the New
Years Challenge from club legend
Ray Gould who has been involved
with the Nyora club for fifty years,
both drivers were competing in Cor-
Broderick Stray then picked up a
third place finish with Chris Miles
and Darren O’Brien rounding out
the top five.
Warrick Taylor won all three quali-
fying races for the Open Sedans be-
fore he went on to defeat Dale Mead,
Daniel Angus, Scott Angus and Daryl
Nicolson in the final.
Trish Dike won a tight tussle with
Ashlee Wilson in the Ladies Stan-
dard Saloon final with Danielle Ard-
ley finishing third.
Earlier Sara Benson had won a cou-
ple of the qualifying races and looked
the driver to beat, however her car
crashed in another feature race and
she was unable to join the field.
Junior Sedan racing had a mixture
of A Grade and B Grade competitors
with Ally Morrison from Officer and
Connor Donegan the front runners.
Morrison won two of the three
qualifying races and Morrison the
other before Morrison took the fea-
ture win from Donegan, Logan Mair,
Tenayah Barton and Kiarna Barton
rounding out the top five.
The Standard Saloon final was de-
clared a non result when a big crash
on lap one and in turn one took out
the cars of Shane Ardley and Bren-
don Miles with extensive damage
and earlier in Open Sedan racing
Mick Evans had torn up his V8 Tor-
ana when he collected the concrete
hard on the back straight.
Nyora Raceway will now break for
a little while and return on February
the 10th with the Miles Cup for Stan-
dard Saloons, the Victorian Grand
Prix Midget title and Ladies Crash
and Bash the feature events.
IT MIGHT be summer but that doesn’t mean
we should expect to get four days in-a-row of
perfect sailing weather. Missed by one day.
We can’t really complain however. South
Gippsland Yacht Club was still able to conduct
six races of the Serious Surf Stuff Summer Se-
ries in a variety of conditions ranging from a
challenging 15 to 20 knots on Wednesday to
very light winds by Friday afternoon.
This produced a good spread of result across
the series as some sailors perform well in high
winds and others are particularly skilled in the
lighter conditions. Pete Kiely might be the ex-
ception as he proved to be nearly unbeatable in
Unfortunately Saturday was just too windy
with regular gusts of 25 knots. A small group of
brave souls attempted to race in the afternoon.
The wind seemed to be easing but just before
the start it sprang back up over 25 knots re-
sulting in one broken mast and abandonment
of the race. The club rescue boat was busy for
a while having to tow in the dismasted NS14
and its crew as a very strong outgoing tide tried
to extract them towards Tasmania. On the way
back to the boat ramp an exhausted wind surf-
er also hitched a ride back to shore.
Series presentations were made at the club’s
first social function for the season on Saturday
evening following a wonderful spit roast dinner.
Thanks to all members who helped out over the
course of the week whether in the rescue boat,
scoring or preparing lunches.
Serious Surf Stuff Summer Series results:
A Division 1st Pete Kiely, B Division 1st Keith
Cousens, C Division 1st Alana Lopez-Freeman,
A Division 2nd Shaun Freeman, B Division
2nd Aaron Lopez-Freeman, A Division 3rd Rob
McNair and B Division 3rd Steve Horton/John
AFTER a successful event last
summer, the Disabled Surfers
Association of Bass Coast is
bringing its all abilities surfing
event back to Inverloch Surf
Beach on Saturday, February
The event aims to help any-
one with a disability to come
out and have a surf and enjoy
the beach for the day. All surfing
equipment is provided for par-
ticipants and volunteer helpers
are led by trained team leaders.
With the help of DSA Morn-
ington Peninsula, as well as
Inverloch Surf Lifesaving Club
and the Lions Club, keen surfer
Stuart Yates and partner Jodie
Cvetovac of DSA Bass Coast
brought the event to Inverloch
for the first time last year, after
seeing similar events at other
beaches. They say Inverloch’s
waves are perfect for beginner
surfers, and after attracting
around 350 participants, carers
and volunteers last year, they’re
hoping for another great turn-
out at this year’s event.
Jodie says it’s well worth vol-
unteering to witness the joy that
being in the water brings to par-
“It’s mind-blowing. It brings
a tear to your eye. A lot of dis-
abled people can’t get down to
the beach, it’s just somewhere
they never go, and they’d never
get a chance to go surfing. But
because we have so many volun-
teers, they have so much fun.”
Anyone can volunteer at the
event; no surfing experience is
required, and there are various
roles in and out of the water
from helping with catering, to
registering participants. Work-
ing with Children’s Checks are
preferred and can be applied for
Participants can register on
the day, from 10am, or online
by heading to www.eventbrite.
com.au and searching for ‘In-
The event kicks off at 11am
at the Inverloch Surf Beach
behind the Inverloch Surf Life
Saving Club and runs until
3pm, with a free sausage sizzle,
water, fruit and lollies provid-
For more information contact
Jodie on 0428 666 050.
Hickson has a grand
night at Nyora Speedway
All abilities surfing fun
Sally Messer of Korumburra was the first surfer in the water at the first Disabled Surfers
Association of Bass Coast all abilities surfing event at Inverloch last year and hopes to par-
ticipate again this year. Sally is pictured with volunteers.
Summer Sailing at Inverloch
Among the winners at the South Gippsland Yacht Club over the weekend were left, Keith
Cousens 1st in B Division, right Pete Kiely 1st in A Division, front Alana Lopez-Freeman 1st
in C Division and Aaron Lopez-Freeman 2nd in B Division.
Keith Cousens sailing into first place in B
Division at the weekend.
Car 92 is Daryl Hickson, dirt mod winner. Photo courtesy of Random Panda Photography.
Car 75 is David Donegan, sports sedan winner. Photo courtesy of Random Panda Photography.
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