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  • Nathan Smee produced a drive for the ages to claim victory in tonight’s 2017 Victorian Speedcar Title having overcome a deflated inside rear tyre prior to the drop of the green flag.

    With a stout field in the house the heat racing action was frantic on a racy surface, beneath sunny skies at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool.

    Ben Hall in the SA71 entry was the first to make a statement when he made the most of a front row start to win the opening heat from an ominous looking Nathan Smee and Michael Stewart.

    Another front row occupant Ashley Booker then claimed heat two, from Luke Ferguson with Travis Mills turning in an eye-catching performance coming from position eight on the grid to third.

    The final heat of the opening bracket went to another of the heavy hitters in New South Welshman Troy Jenkins, with Nick Parker claiming second and Anthony Chaffey emulating the feat of Mills in the previous heat in coming from position eight to third.

    The second bracket of heats commenced with a win for Mitch Whiting aboard the V17 entry, with Michael Stewart all but locking in a Top-8 Shootout start with a solid second place run with Jenkins doing likewise as he finished third.

    Heat 5 for the Speedcars was won by Anthony Chaffey from Andy Pearce and Stuart Ferguson while the sixth and final heat of the night went to Nathan Smee who put on a clinic as he went from position eight at the drop of the green to victory lane come the completion of the ten-lap journey.

    Coming home in second was Travis Mills while the V64 of Mark Brown was beginning to find its mojo with a third-place finish.

    Troy Jenkins showed he was up for the battle which would lay ahead in the 30-lap Victorian Title decider when he claimed victory in the Gold Shootout, subsequently claiming pole position for the A-Main in the process.

    Joining Jenkins on the front row was Ben Hall in the SA71 entry, while fellow Gold Shootout combatants Nathan Smee and Anthony Chaffey did enough to occupy the second row.

    The last chance B-Main was punctuated by a nasty roll over involving Ryan McKenna before a lap had been completed.

    With four cars to transfer to the back of the A-Main it would be Glen Shaw, Stuart Ferguson, Grant Patton and Joe Lostitch who would make the 20-car field for the A-Main.

    With a somewhat drama filled pre-race, which included a four-wide salute and then seemingly cars randomly deciding to cease operation as initially Ben Hall’s car wouldn’t play the game and then Nathan Smee was forced to the infield to change a deflated left rear tyre prior to taking the green flag.

    As the field eventually got underway, Hall pulled to the in-field – his night done V6 of Anthony Chaffey and the 4 of Stuart Ferguson were also forced to retire.

    The early race was a battle in two with Jenkins (N78) and Stewart (SA9) waging war as they initially checked out on the field., it was only a mere handful of laps into the race, with the leaders running hard that some attention turned to Smee, who having started from the rear of the field was beginning to make some headway.

    The free flowing, racy nature of the racing surface provided the perfect platform for Smee to showcase his talents as by the ten lap mark he had already progress to position seven behind Jenkins, Stewart, Mills, Whiting, Mark Brown and Nick Parker.

    With the laps continuing to click off, Smee’s charge continued and by lap 20 he was well and truly within striking distance sitting fourth, with Jenkins having led the entire 20 lap journey thus far.

    On lap 22 however Smee would pounce with his car seemingly superior to those of any of his competitors, he swept by Stewart to inherit second and then he set his sights on Jenkins with the seemingly inevitable finally happening on lap 23 when Smee not only took the race lead but made the race his own!

    Not even a race stoppage with five laps left to run could curtail his dominant effort as he greeted the chequered flag in what was a win for the ages.

    Nathan Smee had been crowned the Victorian Speedcar Champion winning from Travis Mills whose last lap pass on Jenkins was enough to secure the runners up spot, while Stewart who had been stout all night long wads third.

    Finishing fourth was Whiting followed by Jenkins in fifth while sixth through tenth was filled by Kaidon Brown, Paul Farrell, Mark Harrington, Justin McMinn and Grant Patton.

    Rounding out the finishers were Joe Lostitch and Glen Shaw.

    In the Wingless Sprints as a part of their AWSR Victoria Super Series Luke Weel seemingly did as he pleased aboard the V28 entry as he took out an entertaining 25 lap final to complete the nights racing.
    Weel was too strong for all comers, despite the best efforts of Sam Wren (V19), who chased Weel all the way to the finish line and eventual third place finisher Rhys Baxter who again found Premier Speedway to his liking with another podium result.

    In the Formula 500’s Liam Williams capped off what was successful week for the reigning Australian Champion when he claimed victory by leading every lap of the 20-lap journey.

    Allansford young gun Jack Bell re-acquainted himself with the podium by finishing second to Williams while rounding out the top three was the recently de-throned Victorian Champion James Aranyosi.

    Web: www.premierspeedway.com.au
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