Thursday, 21 September 2017

RSA STREET STOCKERS

In what was a mixed start to the 2016-17 season, Aaron Barnes has hit some impressive winning form of late, after driving to victory on three separate occasions in major events over the past month.

Having now contested six race meetings in his brand-new NSW # 55 The Head Men - Maryville-backed BA Ford Falcon after making a return to racing earlier this season, Barnes has without a doubt begun to assert his dominance, winning three major events: the Owen Campbell Memorial for Four Cylinder Sedans and both the NSW Title and Stocksville for RSA Street Stockers.

After what was admittedly a slow start in the Owen Campbell Memorial at Nowra Speedway late last month, Barnes managed to qualify fourth for the 20-lap feature race, finding his pace and going on to work his way into podium contention in the early stages and then later inheriting the lead from Ed Newton to take a $475 win and commencing what was the beginning to his run of winning form.

Heading to Dubbo’s Morris Park Speedway, following a weekend off, to contest the NSW Title for RSA Street Stockers, Barnes once again had a slow start to the night, finishing sixth in his opening heat race, after he had earlier spun out. Quickly making amends, he managed to win his remaining two heat races, qualifying him fifth for the 25-lap feature race. Working his way into the lead just three laps in, Barnes held on to the top spot for the remainder of the race to reclaim the NSW Title crown. The win was Barnes’s third consecutive NSW Title; however, only the second that he was able to keep, having been disqualified in last season’s running of the event, due to a technical breach.

Last Saturday night at Grafton Speedway, which has been a happy hunting ground for the racer, having previously won a NSW Four Cylinder Sedan Title at the track, Barnes qualified on pole position for the 25-lap Stocksville deciding feature race, after he had collected two thirds and a win from his three heat races. With the feature race going flag to flag, Barnes dominated proceedings and was rewarded with his third major victory this season.

“It’s an amazing feeling to be enjoying this great run of form, but I’m not getting too far ahead of myself and am just taking each race meeting as it comes,” expressed the 26-year-old racer from One Mile Beach in NSW.

“Each one of my three wins has been special in its own way, and none of these wins have been achieved easily, which makes all the effort put in from my dad and I all the more satisfying.”

Barnes will this Sunday head to Canberra’s ACT Speedway for the running of the ACT RSA Street Stockers Title. After winning the 2015 running of the event, but being unable to defend it last season, Barnes is looking to deliver a strong performance to reclaim the title.

Barnes would like to thank the following 2016-17 season sponsors for their valued support: The Head Men - Maryville, Abundance Auto Recycling, U-Beaut Signs, G-Force Performance Centre, and Dean’s Tyre, Brake & Mechanical Repairs. He would also like to say special thanks to his dad (Lindsay), Jayden (brother), along with the rest of his family and friends.

To find out more about Barnes and his team, LIKE them on Facebook by searching Barnes Motorsport.

Photo: Tony Powell Speedway Photos

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