• Gary Higgs has finished eleventh in the Speedway Sedans Australia, National Super Sedan Title, after two nights of intensive racing against Australia’s best drivers.

    Going into the final night, Higgs was in 20th position, just outside the automatic qualifying cut-off of position of sixteen.

    Higgs would need a strong result in his final qualifying heat to secure a position, and to hope that others around him on points faltered sufficiently for him to automatically transfer to the main event. As luck would have it, that is how it played out, with Higgs starting the final qualifying heat of the National Title, requiring a first or second placing to advance. Higgs would finish second to Victorian veteran Mick Nicola in heat twenty, elevating the West Australia to the eighth and final row of the grid of automatic entries into the 40 Lap Title decider.

    In the madness that can be the first few laps, Higgs would drop as low as eighteenth, as a spate of stoppages dogged the first ten laps of the race. As drivers around him, either spun or were involved in other incidents, Higgs would soon be in eleventh place and by lap ten, as the race finally found a rhythm. Higgs would have a good battle with Mick Nicola Snr and Phil Barton, along with Paul Blenkiron, throughout the final half of the race, which would have a long green period to the chequered flag.

    Higgs came away from the title in eleventh, a meritorious result against Australia’s best.

    The car will now return to Western Australia, to compete in the final rounds of the domestic series and State Title in April to be held in Albany.

    OFFICIAL Results
    Heat 20, 10 Laps, 1. V3 Mick Nicola Snr, 2. W81 Gary Higgs, 3. N11 Mark Sommers, 4. W9 Kemble Aylett, 5. N33 Mark Towers, 6. V7 Trent Susol, DNF S8 Dave Gartner (8), S87 Robby Marchant (1). Time: No Time, Winning Margin: 0.980, Fastest Lap: 14.007 V3 Mick Nicola Snr

    Official Points

    1. S47 Ryan Alexander 115
    2. Q36 Darren Kane 113
    3. A1 Matt Pascoe 109
    4. V23 Mick Nicola Jr 109
    5. N57 Tyson Moon 98
    6. Q77 Sam Roza 97
    7. V0 Lucas Roberts 95
    8. T8 Steve Latham 91
    9. V3 Mick Nicola Sr 89
    10. W36 Phil Barton 89
    11. Q12 David Musch 87
    12. S8 Dave Gartner 85
    13. S22 Paul Blenkiron 85
    14. T22 Callum Harper 83
    15. W81 Gary Higgs 81
    16. Q7 Steve Jordan 79
    17. T6 Corey Smith 78
    18. W8 Chris Pavlovich 75
    19. V2 Peter Nicola 74
    20. Q44 Trent Wilson 73
    21. V12 Darren Giacometti 69
    22. Q63 Justin Smithwick 66
    23. Q4 Leigh Williams 64
    24. S12 Kym Hammerstein 57
    25. V56 Neil Witnish 55
    26. Q39 Bob McCosker 54
    27. S99 Steve Schwarz 54
    28. V16 Ash Bergmeier 52
    29. N7 Wayne Dick 52
    30. S87 Robby Marchant 51
    31. V71 Lionel West 49
    32. N47 Darryl Moon 46
    33. W9 Kemble Aylett 45
    34. N11 Mark Sommers 43
    35. V24 Dave Mackenzie 42
    36. V7 Trent Susol 41
    37. N33 Mark Towers 37
    38. N21 Darren Anning 34
    39. S63 Kym Cottrell 32
    40. S34 Kym Leyson 30
    41. S93 Kym Jury 26
    42. W4 Lee Aylett 23
    43. V41 Ben Faulkhead 23

    Official Result
    2019/2020 SSA National Super Sedan Title, 40 Laps: 1. Q36 Darren Kane, 2. S47 Ryan Alexander, 3. A1 Matt Pascoe, 4. V23 Mick Nicola Jr, 5. N57 Tyson Moon, 6. Q44 Trent Wilson, 7. Q7 Steve Jordan, 8. V16 Ash Bergmeier, 9. T22 Callum Harper, 10. V3 Mick Nicola Sr, 11. W81 Gary Higgs (39), 12. Q77 Sam Roza (39), 13. S22 Paul Blenkiron (39), 14. W36 Phil Barton (39), 15. Q63 Justin Smithwick (39), 16. Q4 Leigh Williams (39), 17. S99 Steve Schwarz (39), DNF Q12 David Musch (9), S8 Dave Gartner (7), V12 Darren Giacometti (7), V0 Lucas Roberts (5), T8 Steve Latham (4). Time: No Time, Winning Margin: 0.360, Fastest Lap: 13.797 Q36 Darren Kane

    Gary Higgs is proudly supported by:
    Marri Park Tavern & Golf Course
    Higgs Organic Blends
    Ford Transit Specialists WA
    Empire Graphics

    Photo courtesy of Angryman Photography
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