Thursday, 19 July 2018


In their first appearance at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway since late January, it was John Lodge Jnr who managed to clinch Saturday night’s final Western Sydney Street Stocker Club Championship round.

Making a cameo appearance in Kiona Sunerton’s N # 13 Ford Falcon while she is on holiday overseas, Lodge Jnr was a force to be reckoned with in the 20-lap feature race, consistently powering through the field from his 15th-place starting position, only to steal the lead from Brendan Wakeman on the final lap to take what was a hard-fought victory. Having led the majority of the feature race, pole-sitter Wakeman was forced to settle for second, while Shane Carlson completed the podium in third, after he had started from position 10.


 Photo: Tracy Roberts

Despite slipping back two places after starting on the outside of the front row, Andrew Espener’s fourth-place finish was enough for him to seal the Western Sydney Street Stocker Club Championship point standings win, while Ray Tyler was able to maintain his starting position, coming home in fifth.

Rounding out the top-10 finishers were Steve Walsh, Blake Doyle, ‘birthday boy’ Mat Alexander, Blake Milton and John Upston. The remaining finishers included Anthony Attard, Mitchell Farrelly, Steve Kurtz, Butch Dawes, Brad Ring, Matt Hope, Justin Wilson and Rodney Jones.

It was an unfortunate night for Denis Pana in what was the debut race meeting for his VE Holden Commodore, being forced to retire due to an overheating issue with seven laps to go. Joining Pana on the sidelines were Robert Vide, Steven Sharpe and Shaun Davoodi.

In the earlier heat races, Doyle, Tyler, Espener and Davoodi picked up wins, while Wakeman managed to defeat Espener, Alexander and Doyle in the first ever Western Sydney Street Stocker six-lap Dash.

John Lodge Jnr and Post Race

Photo: Crashy's Photos

The focus for many of the Western Sydney Street Stockers competitors now will be contesting this Saturday night’s Australian RSA Street Stockers Title at Gunnedah Speedway in north-western NSW.

To find out more about the Western Sydney Street Stockers Club, LIKE them on Facebook by searching Westernsydney Street Stockers.

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