Former Canadian Speedway and National Champion, John Kehoe made a surprising return to the Welland Speedway track on Saturday night after an absence of over 2 years.
He did so with an amazing win in his first heat race. He was joined by Aaron Hesmer, Mike Hammond, Terry Rideout and Glen Brown in the Division 1 class.
Tommy Hensby, Alan Chisholm, and Gary Moody continued their Division 2 campaign, with the addition of Kristy Dulaj for some great racing.
Tommy Hensby got a flyer into corner one and looked certain for a heat
win, when Kristy Dulaj took a bad hard tumble coming into turn 1 on lap 2, the race was stopped as Dulaj on the borrowed bike of Glen Brown was left shaken up. The bike was a wreck leaving Brown to seek alternative machinery in his first heat. The re-run saw Gary Moody
determined to beat out the electric Hensby to the first corner, which he did to keep both Hensby and Chisholm behind him.
Glen Brown borrowed Mike Hammond's second bike and looked fast and
controlled aboard this loaner bike. Terry Rideout got a flying start, but was taken back as the red light came on, as the referee spotted a
leaking bike on the race line from Aaron Hesmer, after some quick fixes to Hesmer's bile, they lined up again, John Kehoe got a fast clean getaway and held the lead to crown a great first heat return. Mike Hammond pushed Kehoe hard but was unable to catch him. Both
Hammond and Terry Rideout seemed to pull up as pulled away from the
tapes, after seeing a red light ahead, but released that it was something other than a real red light, they pressed onward. Hesmer was suffering from lack of power, but did a good job of hunting and
passing Brown and Rideout to take a good solid third place.
The track was watered prior this speedway heat and a few safety laps
were performed to ensure that the clay surface was ok. This time Hensby made sure that his start was there to take the heat win, with
Moody and Chisholm equally spaced behind him.
Mike Hammond proved his worth in this heat, as he powered ahead of
Glen Brown on his other bike, both bikes looked fast. John Kehoe
battled hard with Terry Rideout coming out the third place winner. Aaron Hesmer suffered mechanical problems on lap 3 forcing a DNF.
Division 1 Final:
A crash filled flat track final prior to a late track watering, forced a delay of the final, the referee decided that the Division 1 final should go ahead of the Division 2 final, and with the delays the anticipation rose as John Kehoe was forced to withdraw from the final as his bike suffered mechanical problems. Aaron Hesmer gated and held the lead ahead of Mike Hammond, who struggled with the grippy surface, with Glen Brown dueling with Terry Rideout behind for 4 laps, he grabbed the well deserved 3rd place.
Division 2 Final:
Gary Moody and Allan Chisholm withdrew from the final, leaving Tommy
Hensby as the only qualifier for the final, so he was awarded the win by the referee, without even starting his engine.
Division 2 Final
1: Tommy Hensby
2: Gary Moody (DNS)
3: Allan Chisholm (DNS)
Division 1 Final:
1: Aaron Hesmer
2: Mike Hammond
3: Glen Brown
4: Terry Rideout