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Swan Hill shines in Autocross challenge

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The Swan Hill Sporting Car Club (SHSCC) and Shepparton District Car Club (SDCC) have battled it out in a two-day Autocross club challenge that saw the SHSCC claiming overall bragging rights. 

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With the event taking place in Swan Hill, drivers from the SHSCC looked right at home, dominating all weekend as Ian Johnston and his Toyota Lexcen won both days outright producing some brilliant driving.

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Fellow SHSCC members, Dylan McFarlane and Adrian Coatsworth rounded out the podiums on both days, each driving a Subaru WRX, with Coatsworth grabbing second place on the first day, and McFarlane replacing him on the day two. 

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Lachlan Melton lead the charge for team SDCC, as the Subaru pilot missed out on a podium finish by under one second on day one and picked up fifth on day two to finish fourth overall. 


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The next best SDCC member was Greg Melton who picked up sixth and eighth respectively as the WRX driver had entertaining battles with the SHSCC’s Andrew Katz and  Neil Donnan.

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Katz eventually won the three-way battle in his Subaru Outback Wagon placing seventh and fifth, while Donnan in the Ford Focus Hatch grabbed sixth and seventh respectively. 

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As 43 competitors took part in a weekend that saw over 1000 runs of the Swan Hill course, SHSCC president Chris Gibson was thrilled with the event’s success.

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“This would have to have been one of our best weekends,” Gibson said in a post-race report.

“It was great to see 350 odd runs starting Saturday afternoon, 180 in the dark and a massive 584 runs on Sunday on a record breaking track for a lot people.

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“If the goal of the club challenge was to get some people out of their own places to meet and chat with other likeminded people, while having a great time and getting some good results, then I would say it was huge success.

“Thank you all that have helped make this weekend come together.”

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The Shepparton District Car Club will have their chance make amends when they host the Swan Hill Sporting Car Club for another round of the club challenge on 4 -5 August.

Click here for more information and photos on the Swan Hill Sporting Car Club.

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Published: 10 July, 2018
Photographs: Lyn Andrew