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In addition to taking out last weekend’s Northern Territory 410 Sprintcar Title at Darwin’s Northline Speedway and claiming a $5,000 payday for his efforts, Tim Van Ginneken has also picked up the runner-up spot in the Chariots of Thunder Series, having continually been competitive throughout the last three weekends of competition.

Opening his NT Title campaign with an encouraging second-place result in the preliminary feature race last Friday night, after starting from pole position, the Warrnambool, Victoria-based racer managed to go one better the following night.

Starting out of position two, Van Ginneken slipped back to fourth in the opening laps, before making his way back up to second and setting his sights on leader James McFadden. Chasing down McFadden over the next 13 laps, the determined racer finally made a move on the multiple Australian and World Series Champion, making it stick and going on to greet the chequered flag in first place to claim the title crown.

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Photo: Nakita Pollock Photography

“It been an awesome three weekends up in the Northern Territory, and to finish what has been a competitive run with a victory over James McFadden in the NT Title, as well as finishing second overall in the Chariots of Thunder Series, is a pleasing outcome,” expressed Van Ginneken, who is the current and two-time Western Australian 410 Sprintcar Champion.

“A lot of effort has gone into making this trip happen, which included Trevor Anderson driving the truck up to the Northern Territory, and I can’t thank everyone enough for their help, and it’s great to reward them with a consistent run of front-running performances.

“This run is the perfect lead up to the upcoming season down south with my new Phoenix Performance Industries race engine and I’m looking forward to getting out there and working towards being a regular front-running contender on any given night.”

Although Van Ginneken didn’t have the best of starts to his Northern Territory campaign, experiencing an unfortunate DNF while running at the pointy-end of the field during the opening round of the Chariots of Thunder Series, which was run in conjunction with the Make A Wish Cup, he bounced back the following weekend, placing fourth in the Defend the Top End event. In the Make A Wish Cup, he starred in the Pole Shuffle earlier in the night by charging from eighth to pole position.

Returning to the track the following night for the Pope 65 Bob Ekins Memorial, Van Ginneken unfortunately blew an engine during his heat race, and was lucky enough to take part in the B main, when fellow Victorian racer Ryan Davis loaned the team his engine crane to fit their spare engine. Van Ginneken’s team, along with rival teams, worked hard to execute the swift engine change. Earning his transfer spot into the feature race with a second-place result in the B main, Van Ginneken delivered an impressive drive in the feature race to come home in fourth, after starting towards the rear of the field.

Van Ginneken’s 2017-18 season debut in his home state of Victoria will be on the Saturday night of October 14 at Geelong’s Avalon Raceway for the opening Eureka Garages & Sheds Series round.

Van Ginneken would like to thank his 2017-18 season sponsors: Lowes Auto Repairs and South West Conveyancing, GJE, Novara, and VG Build. Special thanks go to his wife Brony and their kids Chase and Lexi, along with his crew Lowey, Alex, Leigh, Lindsay and Graham, his car owner Harry Droste and the rest of the Droste family, and Trevor from Anderson’s Bobcat Service. Also, thanks to Kevin Quinlan from KQ Autos and Scaffy’s Workshop for their great hospitality.

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