After the opening night of the Super Sedan Grand Prix at the Gulf Western & Independent Oils Raceway, defending Champion Callum Harper leads the points-standings.
Harper is five points clear of Queenslands Steve Jordan, with the pair winning the two preliminary A Mains of Friday night.
In the opening fifteen lap Feature, Jordan and South Australian Champion, Dave Gartner started on the front row, with Gartner getting the best of the early exchange. Queensland Champion, Matt Pascoe, momentarily moved to second, demoting Jordan to third, but in a matter of two laps, Jordan has passed both Pascoe and Gartner to take the lead.
Darren Kane who started on the third row started to make his presence felt, with the National Champion moving to third on lap seven, with a great battle raging for the minor placings which would see Pascoe drop to sixth, as Corey Smith and Steve Latham moved through the field.
Meanwhile, Jordan opened a large gap on the opposition, and was not troubled in the concluding stages, downing Kane, while Dave Gartner finished third in a blanket finish, holding off Steve Latham, Corey Smith and Pascoe, with the quartet separated by just 0.784.
The second preliminary feature was much different to the first, although, Callum Harper, despite winning in a race that went without and incident, did lose the lead to former National Champion, Mick Nicola Snr on lap eleven. Harper immediately took back the lead on lap twelve, a lead he held for the remaining three laps.
Ryan Alexander from South Australia would finish third, a position he held for all fifteen laps, finishing a third of a lap behind Harper. Mick Nicola Jnr would get the better New South Welshman, Andrew White, in the concluding stages to finish fourth, while Robert Bird made up three positions from the commencement of the race, to finish sixth.
Earlier, Steve Jordan, Mick Nicola Jnr and Steve Latham would win the opening round heats, with Jordan winning narrowly, while Nicola Jnr and Latham would be untroubled. Mick Nicola Snr, Matt Pascoe and Callum Harper would be successful in the second round with Mick Nicola Snr narrowly getting the win over Ryan Alexander, while Pascoe and Harper had comfortable victories. Harper, Dave Gartner and Lachlan Onley would record wins in the final round of qualifying heats.
Racing continues tonight, culminating in the 50 lap main event, with the first event scheduled for 6.00pm EDST, with live audio available via Speedway Sedans Australia’s website on Channel 2.
POINTS AFTER NIGHT ONE
T22 Callum Harper 118 Q10 Steve Jordan 113 S8 Dave Gartner 110 V3 Mick Nicola Snr 104 A1 Darren Kane 89 N23 Andrew White 87 S47 Ryan Alexander 85 Q1 Matt Pascoe 84 V23 Mick Nicola Jnr 78 N17 Lachlan Onley 75 T16 Corey Smith 62 T8 Steve Latham 59 N21 Darren Anning 57 T13 Rodney Bates 55 T48 Wayne Dillon 54 V0 Lucas Roberts 51 T71 Robert Bird 49 T24 Anthony Manion 47 Q26 Sean Black 44 T47 Lucas Dillon 32 T25 Joe Breitkopf 31 S93 Kym Jury 31 T3 David Nichols 30 V2 Peter Nicola 10 T41 Adam Beechey 8
Steve Jordan wins preliminary Feature on night one of the Super Sedan Grand Prix. Photo courtesy of Angryman Photography