Tuesday, 26 September 2017

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V8 DIRT MODIFIEDS

The 2017 Australian V8 Dirt Modified Championship over the weekend at Rockhampton Speedway in Queensland resulted in a new career highlight for youngster Chris Corbett by the way of an impressive third-place podium finish.

In what is only his second season in the V8 Dirt Modified class, the 19-year-old racer drove outstandingly throughout the 35-lap Australian Championship deciding feature race to charge his way from position eight to complete the podium in third.

“My car was awesome for the feature race and that was coupled with chancing my luck by venturing to the high line of the track were the keys to my result, as I was able to pass some of the country’s best racers in what was a non-stop race and was rewarded with a podium result,” expressed Corbett, who steers the NSW # 48 Gulf Western Oil / RedPoint (Coffs Harbour and Kempsey) supported Troyer car.

“Heading into the weekend, my goal was to finish somewhere within the top 10 of the feature race, so to come away with a much better outcome than I had hoped for is something I, along with my hard-working team, are very proud of.”

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Photo: Darren Hastings

Despite the impressive finish to the weekend, it wasn’t all plain sailing for Corbett. On the opening night, Corbett was running strongly in the Silver Dollar preliminary feature up until he crashed out. This saw him 10th on points after the opening night and also gave his team plenty of work to do in order to repair the car’s damage, which included replacing the entire rear-end.

Corbett’s team-mate and older brother, Dale, was also on the pace throughout the weekend and was ninth on points after night one. The second and final night saw him earn a direct transfer into the Australian Championship deciding feature race and then go on to finish 11th. Leading up to the Australian Title, Dale had confidence-boosting result of fourth in the Victorian Title.

Prior to contesting this Saturday night’s Queensland Title at Maryborough Speedway, Chris Corbett is attending the annual Speedway Australia Rising Star program in Canberra (ACT) over the next three days. There, he will learn more about sports science at the Australian Institute of Sport in order to help him progress in his speedway career.

“I’m really looking forward to being part of the Rising Star program and learning more about what it takes to advance in my chosen sport,” enthused Chris Corbett, whose previous season highlight was a third-place finish in the South Australian Title.

“Coming off the back of my Australian Championship performance, I’m more determined as ever to succeed in V8 Dirt Modifieds, and I’m confident that my time at the Rising Star program is going to play a part in helping me reach to the next level.”

Corbett would like to thank his 2016-17 season sponsors: Gulf Western Oil, RedPoint (Coffs Harbour and Kempsey), K1 Race Gear, Coffs Harbour Automotive, Grafton Automotive, Coastal Aluminium, and Wayne McIntosh. Special thanks must go to Cindy (Mum), Mick (Dad), Dale and Tia.

To find out more about Corbett, LIKE him on Facebook by searching Corbett Boys Racing.

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