Oozing supreme confidence and unparalleled determination, Ryan Farrell driving the Diamond Bay Motorsport/Bunbury Auto Group #26 absolutely smashed his opponents at Albany Speedway (Attwell Park 9th Feb) taking victory in Round 10 of the 2013 World Series Sprintcars (WSS) Championship.
Not being a contracted Driver and having only competed in one other WSS Championship Round so far (the night before at Manjimup where he also won) means that with two Rounds remaining Farrell has no chance of winning the overall pointscore. But that didn’t stop him from showing the Sprintcar World that he is back to his best form ever.
Farrell crossed the line after the 30 lap Final ahead of 21 year old South Australian sensation Daniel Pestka (#27 Gawler Farm Machinery entry) who had fought gallantly to get around America’s Tim Kaeding in the closing stages of the race. Kaeding in the KMS #2 Cool was able to hold onto the final podium spot.
It was vintage Farrell, placing the car anywhere he wanted, high, low and mid-track. It really comes as no surprise that Farrell is doing so well. The Diamond Bay Motorsport Team have now won 9 out of 11 meetings that they have competed in this season, with the last 5 on the trot. Farrell’s Team is essentially the same as in the early 2000’s where Steve Stathy and Brand Passmore look after the car. During that time, Farrell was a formidable force in National Sprintcar Racing. Now 10 years on, surrounding himself with the same people and enjoying the fabulous Marketing Partnership support from Russell Hall’s Bunbury Auto Group, Farrell is a worrying concern to all other Teams.
As we said in the previous post, if Farrell had travelled to the Australian Title in Brisbane this year, things may have been quite a bit different in terms of the end result, but it was always the Diamond Bay Motorsports race plan to stay in WA for the Summer Season.
Interestingly the Top 4 point scorers going into tonight’s Round 10 WSS meeting did not make it through to the podium so things at “The Top” changed a bit. Steven Lines finished in 4th, while series Leader James McFadden could only manage 9th after an engine change earlier in the evening, meaning that Lines closed the gap slightly on his rival Jay Mac in overall points. (see points tally below).
McFadden had a huge task to make up lost ground. He started out of P12 and tried exceptionally hard to move forward, in fact set the fasted time on the entire race on lap 10 (13.909 sec). Tim Kaeding was the only other combatant to get into the 13 bracket during the race when he was attempting to dog Farrell down in the early stages of the race.
Farrell was a model of consistency, circulating every lap of the race just a whisker into the 14 second bracket. His best race time was 14.090 sec on lap two and he never got over 14.390 sec, even through heavy traffic – it was a Sprintcar Clinic !
USA star Tim Kaeding set Quick Time in Qualifying with a 12.561 sec just ahead of countryman Shane Stewart (12.612 sec) while eventual Winner Farrell dialled in 5th (12.753 sec). Series leader McFadden in the A1 Cool was 7th (12.819 sec) and eventual 2nd placer Daniel Pestka just scrapped into the top 10 with 12.956 sec.
The Top 8 shootout was won by Tim Kaeding from Ryan Farrell and Heats were taken out by Cameron Gessner, Luke Dillon, Carl Dowling and Jeffrey Leisk.
Points for World Series Sprintcars after ten Rounds are:
James McFadden (2932), Steven Lines (2717), Shane Stewart (2601), Luke Dillon (2573) and Tim Kaeding (2529) rounding out the top 5.
Daniel Pestka with his brilliant drive and 2nd placing tonight elevates to 6th followed by Kyle Hirst (1994), Robbie Farr (1972), Jason Johnson 1958, and Shaun Bradford (1820). Kyle Hirst and Jason Johnson have returned to America so will not advance any further in points, as too will Robbie Farr with the East Coast Pipelines racing Q7 Team electing not to compete in the final four Western Swing Rounds. Shaun Bradford remains active in the chase for championship points.
World Series Sprintcars now heads to Bunbury Speedway this
weekend (15 and 16 Feb) for the penultimate round of the Championship – Round 11.
Then the Finale Round 12 in the double header the following weekend at Perth