Tuesday, 26 September 2017

COMPACT SPEEDCARS

Nathan Mathers continues to go from strength to strength in his first full season in Compact Speedcars, after scoring his best result yet with an impressive third-place finish in Saturday night’s Australian Title at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway.

Off the back of two feature-race wins at his home track, Archerfield Speedway, Mathers reached new heights in his first full season with the class when he managed to mix it up with the country’s best Compact Speedcar drivers to finish third behind eight-time Australian Champion Darren Vine and second-placed Robbie Stewart.

“If someone had have said at the beginning of this season, I’d have already scored two feature-race wins and a third-place finish in my first Australian Title, I would’ve said that they were mad,” expressed Mathers, who had been hoping for a top-10 result heading into the meeting.

“I’m absolutely rapt with the result. We seem to be getting better with each race meeting, which is in no small part due to all of the hard work and support from my crew, my family and my sponsors, so I have to say a huge thanks to them.”

Opting to change the setup of his Qld # 28 Inksane Tattoo Studio supported ZX-10 Kawasaki powered Eagle car, Mathers struggled to navigate the rough track conditions on the opening night of competition, coming away with a fifth, a fourth and a second-place finish in his heat races, leaving him eighth on points heading into night two.

Photo: The Carrells

Reverting back to his original setup on Saturday night, the Brisbane-based racer was back on the pace, finishing third in his final heat race and putting him out of seventh for the 30-lap Australian Title-deciding feature race.

Confident that his car was in strong form, Mathers had already moved up into fifth by completion of the second lap, proving that he was more than capable of being a top-five contender. The retirement of the Wayne Corbett on lap 10, elevated Mathers to fourth, where he became involved in a hard-fought battle with current Victorian Champion Justin Paull for third.

Finally managing to pip Paull for good on lap 20 to claim third place, after trading positions in the middle stages of the feature race, Mathers proceeded to chase down second-placed Robbie Stewart. Unable to bridge the gap to Stewart, Mathers greeted the chequered flag to take the final podium place and in doing so, achieve the highlight of his season thus far.

Mathers now turns his focus to the Queensland Title, which is set to be held on the Saturday night of March 25 at Maryborough Speedway.

“Maryborough is my favourite track, mainly because it’s a real driver’s track,” he added.

“This will be our first visit to the track with our new car, so hopefully we can carry our recent form into the Queensland Title and come away with a good result.”

Mathers would like to thank the following 2016-17 sponsors for all of their valued support: Inksane Tattoo Studio and Danz Paint and Panel. He would also like to give special thanks to his girlfriend Kerri, his dad Bernie, his mum Tracey Valentine, his brothers Gavin and Jayden and his crew chief Justin Carlisle.

To find out more about Mathers and his team, LIKE them on Facebook by searching Inksane Racing.

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