Tim Kaeding Wins Night 1 of the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic

Words and Photos by Paul Griffin

American Tim Kaeding swooped to the lead on the last lap of  the 2013 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic preliminary A-Main to steal victory from Mount Gambier’s Steven Lines.

Lines had comfortably lead the 24 laps prior and was working his way through lapped traffic when he was inadvertently bauked by fellow South Australian Trevor Green. This allowed Kaeding in the W2 KMS Cool to close the margin and mount a challenge. As Lines went to the bottom to attempt to go under Green, Kaeding had no option but to run the High Line. Taking nothing away from Time Kaeding you could see the Cool was coming on strong and he blasted around the base of the wall to take the lead on turn 2 and simply had to hang in there for turns 3 and 4 to then take the chequer and the $6,000 preliminary A-Main winner’s cheque.

Earlier in the evening two groups of time trials were run. Group 1 quick time was Luke Dillion (s91) from South Australia with a cracking 10.869 sec while Group 2 saw Steven Lines in the Halls Hallage W3 entry stop the clock at 10.965 sec.

Heats were taken out by Danny Diterich, Brooke Tatnell, Matt Egel, Grant Anderson, Steven Lines, Matthew Reed, Jamie Veal, Terry McCarl, Shane Stewart, Ryan Jones, Caleb Griffith, Rico Abreu, Tim Van Ginneken, Tim Kaeding, Tim Schaffer and  Jason Sides. Heat 14 was a “Rip Snorter” – the first time I have ever seen Sprintcars exit turn 4 at full race pace four-wide at Premier Speedway. What a sight !

There was no C-Main and the B-Main was won by Ian Madsen  from James McFadden (1st B-Main for the season), Brooke Tatnell and Luke Dillon. These 4 Drivers were the transferees to the A-Main. It was a HUGE drive from McFadden in the A1 Cool as he lost ground at the start and frantically set about salavaging the situation in the 15 lap race. It was vintage McFadden when with 2 laps to go he went high around Dillon and low under Tatnell in one sweeping move. It was awesome !

The KMS Team are showing some good form at the right part of the season and Tim Kaeding obviously enjoys it !

Third home was local Victorian Racer Darren Mollenoyux after a first class start to his Classic Campaign in the Parr Motorsports GF1, followed by Terry McCarl and Jason Sides.

Steven Lines was 2nd in the Brian Hall Owned W3 KPC

A briilant set of drives on Night 1 meant local racer Darren Mollenoyux bagged the final podium spot

The RH Rear tyre of Tim Kaeding's W2 Cool shows the start of blistering after 25 gruelling laps in the feature

The KMS Team discuss Race Strategy before the Prelim Feature

There was no C-Main and the B-Main was won by Ian Madsen from James McFadden (1st
B-Main for the season), Brooke Tatnell and Luke Dillon. These 4 Drivers were
the transferees to the A-Main. It was a HUGE drive from McFadden in the A1 Cool
as he lost ground at the start and frantically set about salavaging the
situation in the 15 lap race. It was vintage McFadden when with 2 laps to go he
went high around Dillon and low under Tatnell in one sweeping move. It was
awesome !

Night2 (Final) of the 2013 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic kicks off tonight Sunday
Jan 27 at Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway/Sungold Stadium. It will be the
biggest night of Sprintcar racing that Australia has ever seen and will feature
another 16 heat races (2 per Driver) plus an E,D,C,B and finally a 40 Lap
A-main to determine the 2013 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic Champion and who
takes home the $30,000 Winner’s cheque.

 

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