Saturday, 26 May 2018


Darren Vine wrote his name into the history books on Saturday night at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway, becoming the first ever Queensland-based driver to win the Speedcar Brisbane 50 Lapper in the nine-year running of the event.

Despite having collected no less than eight Australian Compact Speedcar Titles, along with a number of other blue-ribbon events in Compact Speedcars, the win was a career highlight for Vine in Speedcars, and was also his second of the 2016-17 season, having previously won the opening Polar Ice Midget Series round earlier in the season.

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Photo: Matthew Paul Photography

Showing solid pace from the outset, Vine was the equal highest point scorer heading into the feature race, having scored two runner-up finishes in his heat races, and lined up in position four. Quickly making up ground and moving into second on the opening lap, Vine set about chasing after leader and newcomer Scotty Farmer, with the pair pulling away from the rest of the field.

Approaching heavy lapped traffic at the middle mark of the 50-lap distance, Farmer made a mistake which caused him to spin out, gifting the lead to Vine, who managed to hold on to the lead on the restart. Vine continued without incident, surviving another restart with one lap to go, before going on to steer his Qld # 6 Mike Vine Turbo supported Esslinger powered Spike chassis, owned by brother-in-law Paul McMannim, to an impressive win.

Not only did Vine create history by winning the event, but even more history was made with Queenslanders locking out the top three for the first time since the inaugural 50 Lapper, with Brock Dean and Rusty Whittaker completing the podium.

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“It’s an amazing feeling to have been able to win the 50 Lapper and create history in the process, and it’s a real testament to the continued hard work of the whole team,” commented Vine, who worked quite hard on his fitness in the weeks leading up to the event.

“The car felt perfect all night and we had great speed from the outset. 50 laps is a long race, so I had to make sure that I wouldn’t let the car down by tiring, which is why I put so much focus on improving my fitness levels prior to the event.

“It’s great to prove that we can be competitive in another class, not just Compact Speedcars, and this win was really a whole team effort, so I have to say a huge thanks to my family, the team and our sponsors for all of their support.”

Vine’s final hit out for the 2016-17 season will be the final Polar Ice Midget Series round on the Saturday night of May 27 at Archerfield Speedway, where he will be looking to consolidate his lead in the Queensland Club Championship point standings. Vine is also currently sitting fourth in the Polar Ice Midget Series, having previously dropped one round.

Vine would like to thank the following 2016-17 season sponsors for their support: Mike Vine Turbos, Men at Work Exhausts, and Mobile Injector Services.

To find out more about Vine, LIKE him on Facebook by searching Darren Vine Racing.

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Photo: Matthew Paul Photography

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