RSA STREET STOCKS

The recent running of the NSW RSA Street Stockers Title at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway saw history made in the form of Kiona Sunerton becoming the first female racer to win the event.

In a field of nearly 50 competitors from all over the state, the Hunter Valley-based racer was able to prevail in the NSW Title deciding feature race that saw her demonstrate plenty of speed but also have a bit of luck on her side.

After qualifying fifth for the feature race aboard her NSW # 13 BA Ford Falcon, Sunerton was confident of being able to challenge for a podium spot and she went on to remain in podium contention throughout the 25-lap event, which saw her survive an early race incident when a car spun her out and then later inheriting the lead late in the race after her younger brother, current Australian Champion and two-time NSW Champion John Lodge Jnr, was sidelined due to a broken radiator.

12 11 2015 Kiona SunertonPhoto: Crashy's Photos

For the remainder of the distance, Sunerton battled with defending NSW Champion Aaron Barnes for the lead, and she eventually lost out and crossed the finish line in second behind Barnes. However, in the post-race scrutineering, Barnes was disqualified and that gave Sunerton the win ahead of Ian Harris and Darren Quinn in second and third place respectively.

As one would expect, Sunerton, who has been racing speedway on and off since she was a teenager, was thrilled to create history by becoming the NSW Champion.

“To become a NSW Champion is something truly remarkable and to do it against such a massive field and at one of the country’s best tracks makes it even more memorable,” expressed the 32-year-old.

“Heading into the NSW Title, I was hoping to just qualify into the feature race, and when I had qualified strongly, I had to then adjusted my goals to contending for a spot on the podium – and I felt confident I could do that.

“I was involved in an incident early on in the feature race, but I managed to escape serious damage and push on, and as the race went on, I had a bit of luck come my way and in the end, I managed to take the win, which is all that matters in the end.”

Sunerton now joins her younger brother, John Lodge Jnr (RSA Street Stockers), and dad, John Lodge Snr (Fender Benders), as a NSW Champion.

“Speedway is a massive part of my family’s life, and to win a NSW Title means so much to everyone in my family,” commented Sunerton.

“The highlight of the night was being able to celebrate my win with my whole family, and also on the day it was my daughter’s, Tahni, ninth birthday, so that made my win even more special.”

Without the support of sponsors – John Lodge Water Cartage, SRE Race Engines and Smooth Suspension – Sunerton’s NSW Title success wouldn’t have been possible.

“I don’t have a lot of sponsorship support, but I’m very grateful for the support I do have,” she said.

“My dad is a massive supporter of my racing, along with Chris from Spencer Race Engines and Wayne from Smooth Suspension, and they all play a big part in helping my car run strongly.”

The next event for Sunerton is going to be returning to Valvoline Raceway on the Saturday night of December 12 and then Canberra’s ACT Speedway on the Sunday of December 13 for the running of the ACT Title.

“I can’t wait to debut number one on my car,” Sunerton enthused.

“My dad and brother think that running number one on your car in a curse, but I don’t care, because I have worked hard to earn it and I want to proudly show it off.”