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JUNIOR SEDANS

The family tradition continued for Matty Smith recently at Arunga Park Speedway in Alice Springs, when he claimed victory in the 2015-16 season Northern Territory Junior Sedan Title.

Last season, Smith won the Queensland Title and finished the Australian Title on the podium (third), which were both feats achieved back in 2012 by his older brother, Tim, and earlier this month, Matty Smith won the Northern Territory Title – an event Tim had also won back in 2012 at Darwin’s Northline Speedway.

“It’s funny how everything my older brother has won, I have managed to win a few seasons later, which is something special for our whole family,” expressed the 16-year-old Toowoomba-based racer.

“Tim is one of my biggest supporters and he is always there to offer me advice, and that support has certainly played a big part in the success I have achieved.”

Just like last season’s Queensland Title win, Smith had to fight tooth and nail with current Australian Champion Brock Atkins for the Northern Territory Title spoils.

“Brock (Atkins) and I have a great rivalry, and it’s one where we have a mutual respect for one another – both on and off the track,” the Qld # 1 CF Performance supported Datsun Sunny driver explained.

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“At last season’s Queensland Title there was less than a car length between us, and it was pretty much the same at the Northern Territory Title, and although we’re racing closely, we haven’t ran into each other, but we certainly don’t give each other an inch out of there.”

In the Northern Territory Title deciding feature race, Smith had chased after Atkins for the opening 12 laps of the 25-lap event before being able to capitalise on a slight error by Atkins and then move into the lead. Once out in front, Smith was never headed but was hounded by Atkins all the way through to the chequered flag.

Earlier in the night, Smith had finished his three heat races with a win, a second and a third, and that put him fourth highest on points heading into the feature race.

The next major event for Smith is going to be the Australian Title at Carrick Speedway in Tasmania on January 8 and 9. Before then, he will run a few club shows in his home state in order to fine tune the car for the Australian Title.

Smith would like to thank the following 2015-16 season sponsors: CF Performance, A1 Bodyworks, RPM Mechanical, and Smith’s Silage Contracting.