Saturday, 18 November 2017

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V8 DIRT MODIFIEDS

In what was a thrilling 2016-17 season Australian V8 Dirt Modified Championship, which doubled as the fourth 5 Star Dirt Series round, at Rockhampton’s Rocky Speedway in Queensland last weekend, it was Kevin Britten who controlled the pace in the non-stop feature race to claim a dominant victory and defend his crown.

The 35-lap Australian Championship-deciding feature race was certainly a spectacle that produced fast-paced non-stop racing, with all but one driver greeting the chequered flag, 12 of those drivers on the lead lap.

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It was former Australian Champion Andrew Pezzutti (NSW) who occupied pole position for the feature race, in a reverse of last season’s Australian Championship front row starting positions. However, it was second-placed Britten (Qld) who made the best of the start, with the defending Australian Champion immediately pipping Pezzutti for the lead at the drop of the green flag. Once out in front, Britten could not be stopped, going on to lead the field for the full non-stop distance to claim back-to-back Australian Title wins.

After an early battle with five-time Australian Champion Tim Morse (Vic) for third place, newly-crowned Victorian Champion Scott Cannon (NSW) managed to overtake Pezzutti on lap 22 to clinch the runner-up spot, while youngster Chris Corbett (NSW) performed strongly to complete the podium in third, after starting eighth. Unable to fend off his rivals, Pezzutti was forced to settle for fourth place, with Morse rounding out the top five, after struggling to hold on to his third-place starting position.

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Completing the top-10 finishers were Dan Scott (Vic), Steve Milthorpe (Vic), Ray Klarich (Qld), Josh Rose (NSW), who delivered a standout performance, and Jai Stephenson (NSW), another former Australian Champion. Remaining finishers included Dale Corbett (NSW), former Australian Champion David Clark (Qld), Scott Quirk (NSW), Andrew Firth (NSW), Lee McKinnell (Qld), Trent Scofield (Qld), Simon Blandford (NSW), Graeme Holland (Qld) and Kevin Stow (Qld).

The only casualty of the feature race, Queensland-based newcomer Terry Leerentveld’s fortune changed for the worse, retiring to the infield with just six laps to go, after delivering a solid drive earlier in the night to win the Last Chance Shootout (B main).

The opening night of competition on Easter Saturday saw six different drivers achieve victory in their heat races, with Cannon, Britten, Chris Corbett, Milthorpe, Klarich and Scofield all scoring wins.

Continuing to show his pace, Milthorpe was the best in Silver Dollar Sprint 1, leading home Pezzutti, Scott, Britten, McKinnell, Stephenson, Blandford and Nick Knott (NSW), while Cannon claimed the win in Silver Dollar Sprint 2, ahead of Morse, Klarich, Rose, Dale Corbett, Clark, Leerentveld, Quirk, Firth, Stow, Holland and Chris Holdt (NSW).

Heading into the second and final night of competition the following night, it was Pezzutti who was the form driver, winning both of his heat races, with remaining wins going the way of Britten, Clark, Morse and Stephenson.

The Last Chance Shootout saw Leerentveld claim a convincing victory to secure his transfer spot into the feature race, along with fellow transferees Stow, Holland and Blandford.

Unfortunately for Garry Wathen, who finished seventh in last season’s Australian Championship at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway, his bad luck continued with another DNF in the Last Chance Shootout, which concluded what was a weekend of ongoing issues.

This Saturday night at Maryborough Speedway the rescheduled Queensland Title will be fought out. This event is going to double as the fifth and penultimate round of the 5 Star Dirt Series.

To find out more about Dirt Modifieds Australia, visit their website at www.v8dirtmodifieds.com.au or LIKE them on Facebook by searching DMA V8 Dirt Modifieds.

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