West Australian relative newcomer to Sprintcar Racing Trent Pigdon was victorious at Darwin’s Lucas Oils Northline Speedway last weekend.
In taking out the Saturday night Chariots of Thunder 360 Feature race, Pigdon also claimed the Darwin Sprintcar Title. (The COT Saturday feature race doubled as the Darwin Title)
The Chariots of Thunder is a two weekend double header for 360 Sprintcars this year (formerly a 410 race) and attracted a good field of local racers as well as some hard hitting interstaters for the first half on the double header series.
Pigdon outgunned his fellow competitors in the 35 lap Saturday night final in what was a controlling display of carcraft. Second across the line was former National 360 Champion Tony Moule while local sensation Jason McIver was third placed.
Jason McIver’s father Peter also competed in the Saturday Night A-Main but was unable to complete the race distance after a massive wreck in turn 4.
The night before saw preliminary honours taken out by Pigdon in another fine display of driving. Pigdon started out in P1 and at the get-go jumped to the lead and never looked back, leading all 20 laps.
Hard luck story of night 1 would have to go to Steven Lines in the Hall’s Motorsports entry after engine woes put an end to the Team’s first two nights and stifled the much anticipated drive by the brilliant Mount Gambier Driver.
The racing continues his weekend (31 Aug and 1st Sept) with the second and final double header in the Chariots of Thunder Series. This will also see the crowning of the 2012 Northern Territory Champion as the Saturday night Feature also doubles as the local Territory Title.
On current form, Pigdon looks very strong, but you cant discount ACT import Tony Moule and local favourites Mark King, Jason and Peter McIver or Nick Halkitis.
It’s going to be a big finale to the Chariots of Thunder Series for 2012 – that’s for sure.
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