Wednesday, 22 November 2017

SPEEDCARS

Continually producing fast and competitive racing, Speedcars did not disappoint in the 2016-17 season, with our top-10 drivers all but picking themselves, after delivering a slew of impressive results.

1. Nathan Smee (NSW)
The shining light in Speedcars in 2016-17, Smee continued to go from strength to strength as the season progressed, winning no less than three state titles in Victoria, Queensland and SA, along with the Australian Grand Prix. Continuing to display his solid form in the Australian Title, Smee claimed the final podium spot in third behind two internationals, while also running second in the Speedcars Australia 6 Crown Series, third in the overall Speedcar Super Series point standings and fifth in the NSW Title.

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2. Adam Clarke (NSW)
Thanks to his consistency throughout the season, the four-time Australian Champion, known as the ‘Hunter Valley Hurricane’, claimed top honours in the Speedcar Super Series, finishing a considerable margin clear of his nearest rival, while also taking out the Tim Crouch Memorial at Murray Bridge Speedway in February, proving that he’s still one of the best drivers of the current era.

3. Michael Stewart (NSW)
A slew of impressive results in blue-ribbon events have earned the youngster his number three spot in our rankings, with the hard-charger capping his season by taking out the NSW Club Championship. Other notable achievements include finishing second overall in the Speedcar Super Series, placing second in the NSW Title, third in the Victorian Title and the Australian Grand Prix, fourth in the SA Title and the Tim Crouch Memorial and fifth place in the Australian Title.

4. Kaidon Brown (NSW)
It’s been a long time since we’ve seen a teenage rookie step in and make such an impact from the outset, but that’s exactly what the 16 year old did this season, impressively clinching the runner-up spot in both the Queensland Title and SA Titles, and completing the podium in third in the Tim Crouch Memorial.

5. Dayne Kingshott (WA)
Always a front-running contender in his home state, despite suffering varied misfortune throughout the season, Kingshott managed to regain the WA Title crown, after previously winning the event in two consecutive seasons (2014, 2015), and also picked up a solid third-place result in both the NSW Title and the NSW 50 Lapper.

6. Darren Vine (Qld)
Running double duties in both Speedcars and Compact Speedcars this season, Vine’s Speedcar campaign was highlighted with a historic win in the 50 Lapper at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway, where he became the first Queenslander to claim the victory in the nine-year running of the event. He also drove to a fourth-place finish in the Danny Davidson Memorial and came home fifth in the Queensland Title.

7. Travis Mills (Vic)
A standout competitor in Victoria, Mills’s consistent approach rewarded him with first place honours in both the VSDA Driver's Championship and Avalon Raceway Track Championship. Off the back of delivering a great performance in the Victorian Title, where he powered through the field from eighth to claim the runner-up spot, Mills mirrored his result in the Tim Crouch Memorial, coming home in second, after qualifying in pole position.

8. Rusty Whittaker (Qld)
In addition to taking out the overall Polar Ice Series, a trio of strong performances and third-place finishes in the Queensland Title, the Brisbane 50 Lapper and the Danny Davidson Memorial place the 20 year old firmly in our rankings.

9. Matt Jackson (NSW)
Jackson’s consistency throughout the season, which included two feature-race wins at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway and Geelong’s Avalon Raceway, was enough to earn him second place in the NSW Club Championship. Despite being unable to crack into the top three, competitive drives in the NSW Title and the Australian Grand Prix at Valvoline Raceway saw Jackson finish just off the podium in fourth in both events.

10. Joe Lostitch (Vic)
It was a season of accomplishment for Lostitch, who claimed a victory in the inaugural Tasmanian Title in March, achieving his maiden feature-race win in the process. Having contested five of the six state titles, the Victoria-based racer also wrapped up the Speedcars Australia 6 Crown Series, earning him a $4,000 payday.

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