LIGHTNING SPRINTS

Having recently attended the annual NSW Lightning Sprints presentation night at the Bankstown Sports Club, Chris Davis came away with numerous spoils, after experiencing what was a fantastic 2016-17 season.

Opening his season in the best possible fashion with a feature-race victory at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway and going on to score another two feature-race wins at Valvoline Raceway and Nowra Speedway, Davis’s NSW Club Championship campaign came down to the final double points round at Gilgandra Speedway, where the Hilltop, NSW-based racer managed to edge out rival Matt Reed to claim the Championship glory, after greeting the chequered flag in first place.

Continuing to deliver solid performances throughout what was his seventh season with the class, despite experiencing disappointing runs in both the Australian and NSW Title, the former NSW Champion’s consistency also saw him claim top honours in the NSW A Grade Driver’s Championship and the Country Series, while placing runner-up in the Valvoline Raceway Track Championship. Davis was also presented with the Driver’s Driver award, with his crew chief Dylan Sansom being named Crew Chief of the Year.

“One of our goals this season was to chase the Club Championship as hard as we could, so to have been able to come away with first place, particularly after such a nail-biting finish, is an amazing feeling,” expressed the 24-year-old racer, who had even more reason to celebrate following the presentation, after proposing to his girlfriend, Mel, who he met in Junior Sedans and who couldn’t have been happier to say yes.

“While speed hasn’t really been an issue for us previously, we wanted to focus on improving our reliability, so we did a lot of work on the engine this season, which evidently paid off.

“This success is no doubt a result of the hard work put in by the team, so I have to give them, along with all of my sponsors, huge thanks for their continued support.”

Davis team shot

Photo: Crashy's Photos

In the upcoming 2017-18 season, Davis plans to continue working on his consistency aboard his NSW # 4 Crane Co. backed Suzuki GSXR 1000-powered Henchcraft, in order to attempt to come away with some strong title results, while he’s also looking to reclaim the NSW Title crown. Mel will also be stepping into the Lightning Sprints class, where she will take over driver duties in the team’s second car.

Davis would like to thank the following sponsors for their support throughout the 2016-17 season: Crane Co., Sydney Trucks and Machinery, Hills Performance, Auto Parts Tahmoor, Hills Auto Electrics, TSA Metal Products, Windcone, Central Coast Motor Group, Townsend Signs, and Karters Haulage. Special thanks go to his fiancé Mel, Dylan, Luke, his brothers (Jason and Stevie) and his mum and dad (Sam and Rod).

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Photo: Crashy's Photos