Heartland Raceway, Moama welcomed the SDAV Hot Rods back for their Thunder Down Under Series – Round 3 and Legends Cup on Saturday 07th December 2019. The Hot Rods are known to bring the thunder and they did not disappoint!

From the start it was clear that it was going to be an exciting race. Podium saw the Marco Brothers side by side with Stan Marco Jnr (#11 – A1 Automotive) taking 1st with some spectacular driving, Tommy Marco (#6 – Darby Paints) in 2nd and Russell Hovey (#25 – Ribeau Transport) pulling in 3rd.

You know you’re in for a good night when the racing has you on the edge of your seat!

With Tommy Marco starting on pole in heat 1, it wasn’t long before Stan Marco Snr (#VIC1 – Fabricare Engineering) came from 3rd position to take 1st. It was clear from the start he was thirsty for the win. He was followed closely behind by Shannon Meakins (#84 – Pizza Box Geelong) taking 2nd. It looked like it was going to be a battle between Marco Snr and Meakins for the Legends Cup. But everyone knows in racing that anything can happen!

Heat 1 finishing positions: 1st – Stan Marco Snr, 2nd – Shannon Meakins, 3rd – Tommy Marco, 4th – Stan Marco Jnr, 5th – Kali Hovey, 6th – Russell Hovey, 7th – Phil Jenkins, 8th – Daniel Mills

Meakins and Marco - Photo courtesy of Shayne T Wright Photography

Meakins and Marco – Photo courtesy of Shayne T Wright Photography

Heat 2 had it all! The battle continued between Stan Marco Snr and Shannon Meakins with Meakins in 1st place Marco Snr in 2nd and Marco Jnr chasing hard. Unfortunately, during lap 5 Marco Snr’s engine ceased, slamming him into the wall on turn 1 causing a yellow flag while he was taken infield. Racing resumed with Meakins holding 1st, Marco Jnr in 2nd and Tommy Marco in 3rd. On lap 7 Daniel Mills (#9 – Sacrifice Scooters) spun on turn 2 causing another yellow flag. In an epic, crowd cheering manoeuvre Tommy Marco took 1st place overtaking both Meakins and brother, Marco Jnr. He held his position till turn 2 on what would have been lap 8 where he spun causing Meakins to run over his back tyre and the cars to tussle. This sadly sent Tommy Marco rear of field due to a yellow flag stopping the race and the race was called with Meakins in 1st.

Heat 2 finishing positions: 1st – Shannon Meakins, 2nd – Stan Marco Jnr, 3rd – Russell Hovey, 4th – Phil Jenkins, 5th Kali Hovey, 6th – Daniel Mills, 7th – Tommy Marco, DNF – Stan Marco Snr

Stan Marco Jnr - Photo courtesy of Shayne T Wright Photography

Stan Marco Jnr – Photo courtesy of Shayne T Wright Photography

The Marco brothers were driving hard, just like Marco Snr they were thirsty for their own win. Heat 3 had Stan Marco Jnr in 1st place until lap 6 where he regrettably spun on turn 2 causing a yellow flag and his position being put back to rear of field. Shannon Meakins expertly moved round the track taking his position from 7th to 2nd by lap 4 with Marco Jnr holding him off for 4 laps till he spun leaving Meakins in 1st. In some of his best driving, Tommy Marco moved up from 5th position to 2nd. Notably, after being sent rear of field, Marco Jnr came back from 7th to 4th position in one lap.

Heat 3 finishing positions: 1st – Shannon Meakins, 2nd – Tommy Marco, 3rd – Russell Hovey, 4th – Stan Marco Jnr, 5th Kali Hovey, 6th – Phil Jenkins, 7th – Daniel Mills, DNS – Stan Marco Snr

In true SDAV Hot Rod fashion, the final was nail biting and exciting with incredible driving from the racers. Lap 1 was restarted after Russell Hovey spun. Stan Marco Jnr then spun on turn 2 but in typical Marco style continued on without stopping. However, the yellow flag was called after Daniel Mills also spun on turn 2, this time stopping the race.

3rd Russell Hovey, 2nd Tommy Marco, 1st Stan Marco Jnr - Photo courtesy of Shayne T Wright Photography

3rd Russell Hovey, 2nd Tommy Marco, 1st Stan Marco Jnr – Photo courtesy of Shayne T Wright Photography

With the final restarted, Stan Marco Jnr got the jump on Shannon Meakins for 1st position at the start line and in outstanding racing, kept him at bay for an exhilarating and tense 13 laps before Meakins had to pull infield with electrical problems. Tommy Marco held 3rd position until Meakins was out, leaving him in 2nd. Russell Hovey drove consistently the whole night snagging himself 3rd.

Final finishing positions: 1st – Stan Marco Jnr, 2nd – Tommy Marco, 3rd – Russell Hovey, 4th – Kali Hovey, 5th – Daniel Mills, 6th – Phil Jenkins, DNF – Shannon Meakins, DNS – Stan Marco Snr

 

SDAV Hot Rods would like to thank their major sponsors Ribeau Transport, P & S Automotive Services and The Pizza Box Geelong.

SDAV Hot Rods would also like to thank Siteworks Excavation and Drainage for sponsoring their Thunder Down Under Series – Round 3 and Legends Cup.

 

Written by:
Rebecca Berry

For SDAV Hot Rods