Western Speedway’s Saturday night race season kicks off in Langford

Track has been busy with everything from go-karts to sports cars, but traditional racers are back at it

Springtime is the kickoff for racing time at Western Speedway, and Saturday saw the track busy with season-opening action in four different classes.

In the bombers division, Mike Dionne took the checkered flag for winning the 40-lap main event, beating Bobby Cyr, Giles Cyr, Rich Gerhardt and Brian Wakelin to the line, in that order. Other winners were Aaron Cameron in the trophy dash, Wakelin in the first heat race and Don Hallgarth in the second. Sam Lagan posted the fast qualifying lap time of 19.79 seconds.

In the demo car/truck division, Smokin’ Joe Liberatore started the season in style with a win in the 15-lap main event. He finished almost nine seconds ahead of second-place finisher, truck driver Kenny Baker, who was seven seconds better than Billy Stidson in third. Jim Young wound up fourth and Denise Woodruff fifth in the main.

Warmup races saw Liberatore take the cars-only and combined cars/trucks trophy dashes, as well as the combined heat race, while Baker won the truck trophy dash. Fast times were recorded by Young (20.960) and Baker (20.852).

In the mini figure 8 class, Ryan Lewis captured the scheduled 40-lap main event by a comfortable margin ahead of Tanner Jacobs. Following up were Rhett Szevics, Kevin Knight and Kail Beck in third through fifth. Previously, Szevics won the trophy dash, Kyle Ridley the first heat and Beck the second heat race. Sean Robertson had the fast qualifying time of 13.81 seconds.

This Saturday’s card sees the non-wing sprint cars joined by the Old-Time Racers, stock cars, mini-stocks and dwarf cars. Time trials are at 5:30 p.m. with racing at 6:30.

If you’re into sports car racing, the Vancouver Island chapter of the Porsche Club of America will be on the track in the morning and afternoon until 2:30 p.m.

editor@goldstreamgazette.com

Just Posted

Const. Sarah Beckett’s family honoured on Remembrance Day

Victoria Mountie was killed in the line of duty April 2016

West Shore peewee footballers have huge hearts

Westshore Warriors give back to their community

Greater Victoria bike sharing company looks to lock out thieves, vandals

U-Bicycle has lost about 10 per cent of its fleet to theft and vandalism

Provincial housing boss brought home more than $350,000 in 2017-18

BC Housing develops, manages and administers a wide range of subsidized housing options

STUDENT VOICE: Why it’s important to balance your school and sleep schedule

The debate of whether or not to guzzle multiple cups of coffee… Continue reading

Calgarians vote ‘no’ to bidding for 2026 Winter Games, in plebiscite

Out of 767,734 eligible voters, 304,774 voted and 171,750 said ”no.”

B.C. man wanted for alleged ‘serious domestic assault’ in Alberta

Sterling Miles Booker has ‘ROCK’ and ‘ROLL’ tattooed on his hands

Vancouver Island teen aims to build a bionic arm

Prosthetic prototype project latest in Nanoose student’s math, tech ambitions

Canada wants free trade deal with southeast Asian nations, Trudeau says

ASEAN nations combined have nearly 650 million people, an economy of US$2.8 trillion, and are already Canada’s sixth-biggest trading partner.

Olympic and Paralympic committees disappointed, but respectful of Calgary’s vote

The majority of voters said ‘no’ to a potential Calgary bid for the 2026 Winter Olympics and Paralympic Games.

Island man survived for ‘days’ trapped in smashed truck

Duncan Moffat, 23, found by hunter by the side of the road near Sayward

Wildfire death toll rises in California as search for missing continues

Authorities reported six more fatalities from the Northern California blaze, bringing the total number of dead so far to 48.

B.C. MLAs urge Trudeau to call byelection immediately in Burnaby-South

Four NDP provincial politicians from British Columbia are urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to immediately call a byelection in the federal riding of Burnaby-South.

Prince Charles turns 70 with party, new family photos

Charles is due to have tea on Wednesday with a group of people who are also turning 70 this year

Most Read