Travelling to Prince George may not have been a short trip for Victoria’s Tim Christy, but that didn’t slow him down on the race track at the Central Builders 100.
The seven-time Western Speedway champion picked up a victory in the Katana Powerboats sponsored sportsman series, held last Saturday at the PGARA Speedway.
The Rix Racing Natural Pak #06 Christy was able to work his way to the front even though he qualified fourth. For Christy, who circled his Monte Carlo around the track ahead of Mark Berriau of Penticton and Victoria’s Bart Smith, the victory is his first in the 2007 tour.
In the early stages of the 100-lap feature race, Penticton’s Steve Hancock took a nasty spin coming around Turn 1 and his #31 car smashed against the wall. The driver’s side of his car took the hardest hit, and he had to be transported to hospital by ambulance.
Ron Bramble, the announcer at the speedway, couldn’t confirm the extent of Hancock’s injury but said he heard that the driver lost consciousness.
Korbin Thomas of Williams Lake also hit the wall hard, as his #18 CP Electronics Monte Carlo car smashed against Turn 3 while he held the lead on Lap 92. The opportunistic Christy moved past Thomas and into the lead, capturing the checkered flag shortly after. Thomas’ Monte Carlo had to be pulled off the track and he was finished for the night.
Bramble was pleased with the races despite the unfortunate crashes.
“They were good, entertaining,” he said.
The attendance took a hit as well, as there were lots of empty seats. Bramble attributes the low turnout to above-seasonal summer weather.
“I think because of the heat and what not a lot of people went to the lake,” he said. “I think the crowd could’ve been better. There were maybe 100 people in the stands, if that, and around the track who knows.”
The next event in the Katana Powerboats stock car series is scheduled for Penticton on the August long weekend.
As for the PGARA race track, the Prince George speedway is hosting a Hit-to-Pass and Thunders event on July 28. For more information, visit the speedway’s website at www.pgara.ca.