Thursday, 19 July 2018


Brendan Wakeman ended his 2016-17 season in the best possible fashion on Saturday night at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway, driving to the feature-race victory in the Western Sydney Street Stockers club show.

Qualifying in pole position for the feature race, by virtue of a win and a runner-up finish in his heat races, Wakeman made the best of the start to immediately take the lead, going on to lead hold his position out front against some tough competition for the entire 20-lap distance to claim the win, in what was the class’s final hit out for the season.

WakemanSydney Podium

Photo: Crashy's Photos

Second and third-place starters Ray Tyler and Andrew Espener fought tooth and nail for the duration of the feature race, with Espener getting the better of Tyler on lap nine, but being unable to hold off his rival, with Tyler reclaiming second place on lap 16 and beating Espener to the finish line. The pair was lucky to visit the podium, after a racing incident with a lapped car could’ve potentially cost them their races.

After starting ninth, Paul Patterson put in a solid performance to finish just off the podium in fourth, as did Steve Walsh, who came from position 10 to complete the top-five finishers. Anthony Attard, Mitchell Farrelly, Mat Alexander, Shannon Alexander, Kai Jones, Ken Murray and Courtney Cotton rounded out the remaining finishers.

Just two laps into the feature race, Steven Sharpe retired to the pits and he was later joined by Chris Marino, John Upston, Lindsay Cornwell and Shane McPhee.

The top-three feature-race finishers were also the top-three performers throughout the earlier heat races, with Tyler and Espener collecting the two remaining heat-race wins.

Brendan Wakeman 12

Photo: Crashy's Photos

It was a disappointing final outing for newly-crowned Australian Champion Shaun Davoodi, whose night was brought to a premature end, due to dramas in his opening heat race.

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

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