Troy Russell broke the dominance of Corey Bauld, Steven Harvey and Dale Riley Jnr, by winning round six of the Banjos Bakery Street Stock Series, with an exciting victory at the Cranes Combined Carrick Speedway on Boxing night before a bumper crowd.
After eight qualifying heats, which saw eight different winners it would be Nathan and Troy Russell who would start on the front row for the twenty lap decider, with Harvey and Daniel Cunningham on row two.
Troy Russell immediately took the lead, but it would be Corey Bauld who make all the early moves, coming from position six, to take second place after just three laps, with Nathan Russell dropping to third.
Dale Riley Jnr who had an uncustomary quiet night in the heats, charged through the field after starting from position fourteen, getting to fifth position on lap seven before meeting his demise and ultimately not finishing.
Up front, a great battle had developed, with Russell holding off the challenges from Bauld and Nathan Russell who was also under pressure from Steven Harvey and 2016 State Champion Matt Templar. Harvey passed Nathan Russell on the final lap, with nothing only three car lengths separating the five drivers as they crossed the line in a great finish.
Russell won by just 0.218, while 1.398 separated the top five.
:: Street Stock Banjos Bakery Series Round Six
Heat 1, 10 Laps: 1. T4 Steven Harvey, 2. T88 Matt Templar, 3. T77 Corey Bauld, 4. T34 Ian McGuiness, 5. T28 Dale Riley Jnr, 6. T24 Ben Riley (9 laps)0, 7. T72 Steven Pyne (9), 8. T71 Brodie Poole (9), 9. T31 Ross Garth (8), 10. T92 Steve Russell (0), 11. T78 Mitch Allison (0). Time: 3.44.945, Winning Margin: 1.832, Fastest Lap: 21.762 T77 Corey Bauld
Heat 2, 10 Laps: 1. T5 Troy Russell, 2. T11 Matt Hammond, 3. T23 Nathan Russell, 4. T44 John Riley, 5. T98 David Summers, 6. T61 Jarrod Beasley (9 laps), 7. T32 Terri Farrell (9). DNF: 8. T46 Brendon Green (8), 9. T25 Damien Hall (5), 10. T35 Matthew Atkinson (1). Time: No Time, Winning Margin: 3.592, Fastest Lap: 19.017 T5 Troy Russell
Heat 3, 10 Laps: 1. T33 Brad Farrell, 2. T65 Trent Austin, 3. T52 Kurt Chilcott, 4. T7 Corey Jetson, 5. T45 Gregory Smith, 6. T69 Steven Maine, 7. T86 Colin Kenny (9 laps), 8. T97 Brock Inches (9). DNF: 9. T58 Warrick Lee 99), 10. T78 Matt Crawford (4). Time: No Time, Winning Margin: 3.268, Fastest Lap: 17.937 T33 Brad Farrell
Heat 4, 10 Laps: 1. T24 Ben Riley, 2. T77 Corey Bauld, 3. T8 Charlie Ivory, 4. T2 Jarrod Rogers, 5. T15 Daniel Cunningham, 6. T57 Brad Thompson, 7. T81 Darren Garwood, 8. T59 Mark Riley. DNF: 9. T71 Brodie Poole (8 laps). Time: No Time, Winning Margin: 0.485, Fastest Lap: 17.745 T77 Corey Bauld