Dha McLeod Morden, MB (July 9) Shane Rehill of Winnipeg started the race day at ALH Motor Speedway this past Sunday in sixth place in 4 Cylinder standings. That is roughly where he usually finishes. However this day turned out to be the day for this driver who one could easily term the underdog.
The heat races were plagued by dust, dust and more dust. So at intermission the track was watered heavily, something that is not often done. The 4 Cylinders are the first feature race after intermission and they made many more laps behind the pace truck than is usual in an attempt to work the water in. When they were given the green in one lap signal it was plain to see that the track would be quite tricky.
Rehill started on the pole and on the start he began what would turn out to be a brilliant drive as he would lead every lap in getting the win. The rest of the competitors in the class on this day tried to get their cars to the front on the first lap. Too much speed into the first corner saw a number of them slide up the track losing valuable time to Rehill who seemed to be feathering the throttle through the middle of the corners and not losing much momentum.
He used that technique throughout the 15 lap race even managing to get the jump on the field on a few restarts because of cautions. He was challenged by Ryan Higgins of Winnipeg who finished second. Also by Ian Cabernel of Bruxelles who was third and points leader Dean Miljure of Winnipeg who came home fourth.
After the win brother Brandon made his way to the infield to congratulate Rehill on his well earned win. One observer was heard to say that it seemed many of the other competitors were frustrated by the result of the race. Seems to me that all had the same track to run on and Rehill was the best at adapting to the race conditions and thus deserved the victory.
Feature – Shane Rehill, Ryan Higgins, Ian Cabernel, Dean Miljure, Zach Demers, Sheldon Simoens, Alexander Farr, Josef Adler, Madison Brown (DNS), Denis Seguin (DNS).
Heat 1 – Higgins, Cabernel, Farr, Adler (DNF), Seguin (DNS).
Heat 2 – Simoens, Rehill, Miljure, Demers, Brown (DNF).