April 11 2020
Thanks to Bomber Fan (Travis Nelson), Stock Car fans can now watch the highlights of the third round of the 1996/97 Australian Super Speedway Championship season.
Kim Jane started from pole position and was passed on the first lap by Dean Wanless with the two avoiding wrecking each other in Turn Two.
John Faulkner inherited the lead with Wanless in second and Neville Lance moved up to third.
Wanless and Jane moved ahead of Faulkner and Neville Lance got ahead of Faulkner who was dropping down the order.
Dean Wanless had a scare when he dove down the inside of Daryl Coon in the #10 only to hit the apron which resulted in him getting loose and then almost hitting the back of Paul Stocker, it could of been the end for the #75 but he got it under control and raced on.
Paul Kell spun his #99 around but he was able to get back underway.
Early contender Jim Richards was having a bad day as he took his #1 down pit road several times as his team struggled to find out what was wrong with the car.
Terry Wyhoon had a bad day as he first spun his #25 Ford Thunderbird resulting in hitting the wall but not putting him out of the race before an engine failure later on made sure he was out of the race.
John Faulkner also found the wall after he was charging up the field while Bob Middleton spun to avoid Faulkner’s #46 which was coming down the track.
Neville Lance spun in the same turn moments later and also ended up in the wall resulting in the #46 and #14 being out of the race
Kim Jane and Kevin Schwantz pitted under yellow but were penalized as they entered pit road through the grass instead of the entrance and the two had to go to the back of the queue.
Dean Wanless led the field to the restart with Kim Jane and Kevin Schwantz charging through the field to try and catch him before the chequered flag flew but the duo were not successful with 2.32 and 2.78 seconds behind the #75 Thunderbird.
John Maultsaid was fourth in the #96 Ford Thunderbird that was sponsored by Couriers Please.
This race was Dean Wanless’ first win in what must of been a crazy race for him after almost crashing twice over the course of the race.