It was certainly an eventful 2020 Australian 360 Sprintcar Championship campaign for Jordyn Charge at Simpson Speedway in Victoria over the weekend, but it was one that ended with him picking up a podium finish.
Despite Charge’s Australian Championship weekend starting in disastrous fashion following a crash in Friday night’s practice sessions, which was caused by a component failure on his car, the 20-year-old and his team never gave up hope and it rewarded them with a second-place Australian Championship finish.
With the Vic # 60 Western Nissan - Caroline Springs supported Triple X car suffering affects from Friday night’s crash following the team and rival teams helping repair the car so that they could continue their Australian Championship campaign, Charge endured a mixed run over the two nights.
Charge sat ninth in the point standings after the opening night of competition following a 10th place finish in the preliminary feature race. Earlier that night, he had posted the second fastest lap in his time trial group and followed that up by finishing eighth in his opening heat race and then ran third in his second and final heat race. Charge admitted that he was disappointed with his run, but he was determined to bounce back in the second and final night.
Following the opening night’s disappointments, Charge bounced back on the second and final night with a solid second-place finish in his heat race, which saw him as the eighth highest qualifier heading into the feature race.
In the Australian Championship feature race, Charge was on a mission throughout the early stages of the 40-lap event and that saw him power into third by lap three and by lap 10 had taken over second place. With the feature race being riddled with stoppages, Charge managed to maintain his second place and then threw everything at leader and eventual winner Brett Milburn in the closing stages but in the end greeted the chequered flag in an impressive second place.
As one would expect, Charge, who is enjoying a career best season across both 360 and 410 Sprintcar competition, was pleased with his Australian Championship performance.
“My team and I certainly had a busy Australian Championship weekend but to overcome everything that we did and go on to finish on the podium was truly an amazing achievement,” the Melton, Victoria-based racer said.
“The opening night of the weekend was a challenging one and I felt that I could have done a lot better. My run on the second night was a lot better and I had to put in a lot of work to move forward to get onto the podium amongst such a quality field, and that is what makes this result all the more memorable.”
The past month for Charge has been a tough one and as a result he has slipped down to third in the current Eureka Garages & Sheds 410 Sprintcar Series point standings, but this Australian Championship has lifted his confidence.
The next fortnight will see Charge contest the final two Eureka Garages & Sheds Series rounds, starting with this Saturday night’s 11th and penultimate round at Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway and then the 12th and final round at Geelong’s Avalon Raceway on the Saturday night of March 21.
Charge and his team would like to thank their 2019-20 season sponsors:
Western Nissan - Caroline Springs
Wil’s Auto Melton
Trev’s Removal and Cleaning Services
Victorian Towing Services
J n J Haulage & Sons Engine Reconditioning
Melbourne Accident Repair Centre
Australian Racing Products
Event Pix Photobooth
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