Local hero Steven Lines warmed up for next weekends Australian Sprintcar Championship in style as he claimed his first Kings Challenge at the Borderline Speedway in Mount Gambier on what was an excessively hot day. After starting on the pole Lines lead all 30 laps to just edge out James McFadden in what was an entertaining finale.
Although the race up front was close the real battle was for the final podium position as American Carson Macedo and Presidents Cup winner Robbie Farr traded the third spot on several occasions in turn four before the American got the better of the intense dual. Farr would hold onto fourth with Kerry Madsen, who had a relatively quiet night, finished fifth.
Jamie Veal, who was back in his familiar #35, was sixth after starting from position 11, with Jason Johnson, Brock Hallett and Americans Parker Price-Miller and Dom Scelzi rounding out the top ten.
The only incident of the A-Main came in turn four when young Victorian Jordyn Charge and Ben Atkinson made contact with Charge rolling his #60 and leaving Atkinson with front end damage that also ended his night.
The only other red-light stoppages involved Daniel Pestka, who rolled the Dave Challons owned #45 in Time Trials while Jake Tranter hit the wall and rolled in turn three during the B-Main.
Earlier in the night the five heat winners were Atkinson, Brad Keller, Lines, David Murcott and Cory Eliason.
Chad Ely and Jesse Attard progressed from the C-Main while Atkinson, James Inglis, who was impressive all night, Charge and Darren Mollenoyux made it into the A-Main via the last change qualifier.