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 Junior Sedans.
1: Blake Iwanow (WA)
Over the past two seasons, one of the standout Junior Sedan drivers has without a doubt been Iwanow. The Western Australian has been near unbeatable in his home state and he recently graduated from the Junior Sedan class into Wingless Sprints. Just prior to his departure from the class, he certainly went out on a high by claiming back-to-back Western Australian Title wins. In the previous weekend’s National Title, he proved to be the fastest throughout the weekend after qualifying on pole position before he suffered a tyre issue during the early stages of the feature race and consequently dropped back down the field to finish back in 11th. Despite this season’s National Title campaign not going according to plan, Iwanow was without a doubt the best Junior Sedan driver of the season.
2: Mitchell Baker (WA)
Heading into this season’s National Title, Baker was not considered as one of the favourites, but after the weekend, he made his mark by taking an upset win and therefore announcing himself to the rest of the country. The Geraldton-based racer was competitive throughout the entire season and recorded a pair of eighth-place finishes in the Western Australian Title and Tom Green Memorial events.
3: Drew Flatman (SA)
Breaking up the Western Australian domination in this season’s rankings, the highlight of the season for Flatman was his second-place finish in the National Title. After being unlucky in the Western Australian Title and failing to finish, he was a regular feature-race winner in his home state and he also ventured into Victoria a few times during the season and won the second round of the Neville Pike Memorial at Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway.
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4: Beau Oldfield (WA)
With the past two seasons in Western Australia being pretty much dominated by Blake Iwanow, Oldfield was often a runner-up finisher in the major events behind him. This season just gone Oldfield ran second in the state’s biggest events: Western Australian Title and Tom Green Memorial. At the National Title, he was amongst the leading runners during the weekend and finished inside the top 10 (ninth).
5: Brody Day (WA)
A third-place finish in the National Title and a fourth-place finish in the Tom Green Memorial turned out to be the highlights of the season for Day and it was those two results that locked him into a rankings spot. The only lowlight of Day’s season was recording a DNF in the feature race during the Western Australian Title.
6: Braith Hogan (Qld)
Hogan was one of the best during the season on the east coast and a victory in the New South Wales Title topped his list of achievements. In total, he scored a total of seven feature-race wins across both his home state of Queensland and NSW. It was disappointing that the Queensland Title was unable to be run due to coronavirus, as it would have been interesting to see if Hogan could have claimed the Queensland and NSW Title double.
7: Harry Auton (Tas)
There was no better Junior Sedan driver in the state of Tasmania during the season than Auton. Fittingly, he dominated the Tasmanian Title and picked up more than his fair share of feature-race wins at a club level.
8: Kayne Dellar (WA)
Dellar was a model of consistency throughout the season and that was proven by his sixth-place finish in the National Title, a fifth-place finish in the Western Australian Title and another sixth-place finish in the Tom Green Memorial. With the above-mentioned events being the biggest events of the season in Western Australia, Dellar certainly showed plenty of class.
9: Linken Patterson (Vic)
In the hotly contested state of Victoria, one of the most consistent during the season was Patterson. During this season’s JSPA Series, in the four rounds that were held, he won two of the rounds and ran second in another. In other events, Patterson ran third in the Williams Yeoman Memorial and second in the opening round of the Neville Pike Cup.
10: Darcy Wilson (Vic)
It was a tossup between Wilson and the other Darcy in Darcy Micallef for the final spot in these rankings. Although Micallef enjoy a strong season, Wilson won the spot off the back of a victory in the Neville Pike Memorial with a win and a second over the two rounds, an impressive third-place finish during the Kings Royal support event at the Kingaroy Speedway in Queensland, and a win and a second place in two club race meetings in his home state at the beginning of the season.