Penticton, B.C., August 4 & 5, 2012......Dave Hemrich of Delta, B.C. was the winner of the 12th annual Gordie Mannes Memorial Race at Penticton Speedway this past weekend for the ASA Advance Testing BC Late Model Tour.
The six time and defending Agassiz Speedway champion had the most total points after the two nights and received the $1,700 top prize. The race format awarded points for qualifying, heat races and main events both nights.
Hemrich drove his Hemrich Brothers Garage-Harding Motorsports Supply-Richmond Racing Engines Chevrolet Impala to a third place finish on Saturday night and fifth spot on Sunday. He also set fast time the first night and was third quickest the next evening. The 2010 race champion, Tom Berrow, of Coquitlam was second overall in the weekend points while last year's winner, Korbin Thomas from White Rock was tied for third with Geoff Morris.
In Saturday's 100 lap feature race Berrow took the lead on lap 25, after starting seventh, and dominated the final 75 laps on his way to the victory. Brandon Carlson was second and Hemrich charged from the twelfth starting spot to finish third. Mark Berrieau and Wade Bland rounded out the top five.
Sunday's main event, also 100 laps, was a non stop race that went green to checkered in just 25 minutes and 32 seconds. Defending series champion, Geoff Morris of Victoria, led the entire race and won in convincing fashion. He was the fourth different winner in the four races so far this season.
The two fastest qualifiers, Korbin Thomas and Matt Stephenson, moved up nicely to finish second and third after starting eleventh and twelfth. Berrow was fourth and Hemrich was fifth. Berrow remains the series season point leader.
Victoria's Ryan Wade won both main events in the Street Stock class while Chilliwack's Curtis Williams did the same in the Hornet division. Over 60 cars from all over B.C. competed in the three classes during the two day show that is traditionally held each year on the BC Day long weekend.
The ASA Advance Testing BC Late Model Tour wraps up the 2012 season on August 24 and 25 at Western Speedway in Victoria with the Reg Midgley Memorial Canada 200.
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Saturday, August 4
Fast time: Dave Hemrich 14.143
Heat 1: (10 laps) Tom Garnett, Wade Bland, Sarah Cornett-Ching, Bob Kuhn, Harvey Hoogenboom, Brandon Carlson, Dale Highberg.
Heat 2: (10 laps) Matt Stephenson, Geoff Morris, Tom Berrow, Dave Hemrich, Mark Berrieau, Rob Angus, Korbin Thomas, Brent Morris.
Feature: (100 laps) Berrow, Carlson, Hemrich, Berrieau, Bland, G Morris, Cornett-Ching, Angus, B Morris, Kuhn, Garnett, Thomas, Stephenson, Hoogenboom, Highberg.
Lap leaders: Bland (1-4), Carlson (5-25) Berrow (26-100)
Red Flags: None
Yellow Flags: Two
Sunday, August 5
Fast time: Korbin Thomas 14.426
Heat 1: (10 laps) Geoff Morris, Brandon Carlson, Wade Bland, Sarah Cornett-Ching, Tom Garnett, Dale Highberg, Phil Scarfo.
Heat 2: (10 laps) Mark Berrieau, Brent Morris, Tom Berrow, Bob Kuhn, Rob Angus, Dave Hemrich, Korbin Thomas, Matt Stephenson.
Feature: (100 laps) G Morris, Thomas, Stephenson, Berrow, Hemrich, B Morris, Cornett-Ching, Bland, Carlson, Hoogenboom, Highberg, Angus, Scarfo, Kuhn, Berrieau.
Lap leaders: G Morris (1-100)
Red Flags: None
Yellow Flags: None
Overall two day points
1-Dave Hemrich 146
2-Tom Berrow 141
3-Korbin Thomas 127
Geoff Morris 127
5-Matt Stephenson 123