It has certainly been an up and down 2019-20 season. Totally Speedway’s Daniel Powell has gone out and put together his top 10 driver rankings for the Modified Sedans.
1: Aidan Raymont (Qld)
It may have been an early finish to the season and numerous major events unable to be run, but there was no denying that Raymont was the form driver. To justify his top spot in the rankings, his six feature-race wins during the season included a NSW Title win at Valvoline Raceway, along with a second-place finish in the Kings Royal event after an enthralling battle with current Australian Champion and eventual winner Kye Walters.
2: Kye Walters (Vic)
The current Australian Champion’s highlight of the season was taking out the Kings Royal event and his battle with Raymont went down as the best Modified Sedan race of the season. Off the back of two round wins, he also took out the VMPA Series point standings win. It was unfortunate that the season was brought to a premature end, as the part two of the Walters and Raymont battle would have been fantastic to see at the rescheduled National Title that was to be held in Tasmania.
Photo: Tony Loxley
3: Andrew Blackwell (Vic)
Blackwell was a consistent top-five contender throughout the VMPA Series and consequently ended up fourth in the final point standings. At the Victorian Title, which was held at Timmis Speedway, just prior to the coronavirus hit, the 2010 National Champion stepped up to the plate and come away with an impressive win, which was his fourth win in the event.
Photo: Tanya Eastwood
4: David Smith (Vic)
The 2012 National Champion enjoyed an impressive season, but he was unable to crack it for a major win. Smith ran second in the NSW Title and fourth in the Victorian Title. Another highlight was his victory in the penultimate VMPA Series round at Heartland Raceway, which doubled as the Di Watson Memorial and was his third win of that event in a row.
5: Brock Atkins (Vic)
Atkins was unlucky to miss out on capturing the overall VMPA Series honours and due to some misfortune in the closing rounds ended up second in the final point standings behind Walters. In this season’s VMPA Series campaign, he picked up a pair of round wins. The former National Junior Sedan Champion had absolutely no luck at either of the Victorian or NSW Titles.
6: Michael Shelford (Qld)
In what was a standout season for Shelford, despite a massive car-destroying crash in the middle of the season, the highlight was an impressive NSW Title third-place finish. Apart from three minor podium finishes at Hi-Tec Oils Speedway (twice) and Archerfield Speedway, he recorded the Gold Rush event win at the beginning of the season at Gympie’s Mothar Mountain Speedway.
7: Cameron Waters (Vic)
The Supercar star once again returned to speedway for a handful of cameo appearances driving for Mildura, Vic-based car owner Travis Shore. In the former National Champion’s three appearances this season, he finished third in the Victorian Title, fifth in the NSW Title and a second-place finish in the fifth VMPA Series round.
Photo: Tony Loxley
8: Brody Chrystie (Vic)
Like fellow Victorian Blackwell, Chrystie was a top-five contender throughout much of this season’s VMPA Series, and he ended up third in the final point standings. Over the five completed rounds, he came away with a pair of second-place finishes and a third.
9: Brad Herbert (Tas)
Herbert came away with a total of four feature-race wins, as well as just as many minor podium finishes, in his home state during the season. As one of the leading home state contenders heading into this season’s rescheduled National Title, it was deeply disappointing for Herbert to not be able to take on the country’s best on home soil.
10: Branden Fraser (WA)
By virtue of winning the Western Australian Title and the WA Series point standings, Fraser was the star of the season in his home state of Western Australia and this is what locked him into a top 10 rankings spot.