• Warrnambool resident Jamie Veal is the new Australian Sprintcar Champion after capturing the Title in a bruising encounter at the Latrobe Speedway. After starting the 40-Lap Championship decider from the pole position it was far from an easy run for Veal who had to survive several challenges for the lead, including a move that saw Veal, James McFadden and Shaun Dobson race three wide through turn four as they battled for the top spot.

    For Veal it was a bit of a fairy tale result as his first Championship win came at the very track that he contested his first Australian Sprintcar Championship at back in 2007. He also joins Robbie Farr as a winner of both the Australian 360ci Sprintcar and the 410ci Championship.

    “Yes, it’s been a while, 13 years I think, so I been chasing this win for a long time. Over the years we haven’t been really close to winning it, but we have always been in the hunt” commented Jamie following the race.

    “I think we got a bit lucky there at certain stages but it’s a long race. During the middle stages we faded a little bit with James (McFadden) and Shaun (Dobson) who was very quick and unfortunately, they came together. Then Kerry showed his nose late, but the late cautions really helped”.

    Jamie then went on to confirm that he will replace his familiar V35 with Australia #1 on his race car.

    Sydneysider Marcus Dumesny continued his stunning recent form as he stormed to the runner-up spot passing Kerry Madsen in the late stages. For Marcus it was his first Australian Championship podium and it came in the state of Tasmania, almost 30 after his Father Max won his first National crown at another Tasmania venue, the Carrick Speedway.

    Four-time Champion Kerry Madsen would hold onto third ahead of South Australian Steven Lines, Jack Lee, Brooke Tatnell, who had charged through from the B-Main, Matthew Dumesny, Danny Reidy, Jamie Bricknell and Peter Doukas.

    The Championship final would see many hard luck stories with several drivers ending their weekend on the infield with damaged race cars.

    The first driver to exit the decider was the defending Champion Andrew Scheuerle, who rolled out of the final on lap 3. Another former champion David Murcott was also involved in the incident.

    Lap 17 saw the biggest moment of the race as James McFadden and Shaun Dobson made contact as they battled for the lead on the exit of turn four with McFadden eventually rolling hard in turn 1. The incident also took Dobson and Robbie Farr out of contention as well.

    Turn four would also claim Lachlan McHugh and Luke Oldfield, the later crashing out while racing hard for a podium result. Due to all these accidents the infield was left looking like an extremely expensive wrecking yard.

    David Murcott, Jessie Attard, Danny Reidy and Brayden Parr won the four races while Jack Lee, David Murcott, Brooke Tatnell and Jamie Bricknell made the A-Main via the last chance qualifier.

    The 2021 Australian Sprintcar Championship will take place at the Perth Motorplex between February 5-6, 2021.

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