Overwhelmed was just one of the emotions Ryan Fenech was feeling last Saturday night at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway when he scored the biggest win of his Late Model career in the NSW Title.
It’s been a season of largely positive results for Fenech, despite having experienced a slew of engine, gearbox and differential dramas while competing in Western Australia, and consistency has never been an issue for him. The soon to be 23 year old has impressively either won or finished on the podium in every feature race he’s completed this season, including his victory in the recent Easternapolis event, along with his Australian Title preliminary feature-race win.
Carrying that consistency into last Saturday night’s NSW Title on what was a fast Valvoline Raceway track, Fenech placed sixth in his qualifying hot laps, before collecting a pair of runner-up finishes in his heat races, earning him enough points to line up on the inside of the second row for the 30-lap feature race.
Quick to make his move, Fenech elevated himself to second place in the opening lap, before setting his sights on race leader Clayton Pyne. Biding his time during the first half of the distance, Fenech began reeling Pyne in, eventually managing to execute a passing move on lap 15 to take control of the lead; a position he retained through to the fall of the chequered flag to take a comfortable win. Currently in his fifth full season with the Late Models class, the NSW Title is a new highlight for Fenech, representing the biggest win of his career.
“I was overwhelmed, excited and also relieved to have won the NSW Title, particularly after all of the work we’ve put in throughout the season due to our past mechanical issues,” enthused the resident of Wyee on the Central Coast of NSW, who admitted to being almost too relaxed during the second feature race of the night which took place directly after the NSW Title-deciding feature race, coming home in seventh place.
“We’ve had a fairly mixed run prior to the NSW Title, but this win makes all of the hard work and long hours in the shed worthwhile and it also proves that you just have to keep pushing and the results will eventually speak for themselves.
“It’s also a great way to say thank you to everyone who’s supported me throughout the season, including my family, my team and all of my local sponsors. It wouldn’t have been possible without them.”
With more than a handful of feature-race wins under his belt, along with his NSW Title victory, Fenech certainly carries some added confidence into the final round of the NSW Club Championship, which will take place at Valvoline Raceway on April 28. Fenech is currently leading the Club Championship point standings and hopes to be able to consolidate his lead and wrap up the series with another pleasing feature-race win.
Fenech would like to welcome on board his newest sponsor in Hi-Tec Oils and thank them for their support, along with the rest of his 2017-18 season sponsors: Tumbi Tyres & More, United Realty, Foodworks - Wyee, Cheaper Fasteners & Automotive Supplies, Japan Direct Motorsport, Diesel Parts Direct, and Maxima Racing Oils. Special thanks go to: Alison (mum), Rod (dad), who put a lot of hours into the car, Jarrod (brother), Shannon (sister), John, Neil and Aaron.
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