Record crowd sees Seton sizzle

By Benalla Ensign

A record crowd of about 19500 people witnessed one of the major sporting events ever held in north east Victoria — Round five of the Shell Australia Touring Car Championships on Sunday (May 16, 1993).

The thrills and spills, the crashes and bangs of Australia’s best motor racing drivers in the tight and demanding Winton Motor Raceway kept the crowd on their toes.

Winton chief executive Mick Ronke was a happy man at 5pm when everything was over.

‘‘It was undoubtedly a very successful motor racing event,’’ Mr Ronke said.

‘‘The competitors are happy, and very many of the spectators complimented us for a terrific spectacle and for the smoothness of the meeting.

‘‘I must say it was a good meeting, one of the best we ever run at Winton... everything went well.

‘‘And Mike Raymond, the Channel 7 motor racing commentator was extremely happy with the meeting.

‘‘He said it was the best racing so far of all rounds they’ve telecast this year.’’

As for the racing itself, Peter Jackson driver, Glen Seton, in an EB Falcon, easily won the two heats of the round on Sunday after setting a new lap record of 59.65, shaving almost two seconds off Mark Skaife’s record set last year in a Nissan GT-R.

Also in the news this week in 1993:

●Vandals caused damage at Moorngag Cemetery.

●Deputy Premier Pat McNamara said the Regional Veterinary Lab in Benalla would not be closed.

●The Romani Association held a reunion in the Benalla Gardens.

●Noel and Rachel Joyce announced their recent wedding in The Ensign.

●Benalla’s Tim Symes was selected to play for the South Australian State league football squad.