Ian Madsen on fire at Valvoline Raceway

Photography by Gary Reid, Words by Paul Griffin

Ian Madsen was “on fire” and worked the highest of high lines to take victory in last Saturdays’ 30 lap Track Championship round at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway. Following Madsen across the line were James Thompson, Max Johnston and veteran Max Dumesny.

First out of the blocks and to grab the lead was Troy “Kimbo” Little while Toby Bellbowen

Ian Madsen celebrates after winning the A Main at Valvoline Raceway on 7 December

and eventual 2nd placer James Thompson went punch for punch behind the leader. To make it interesting Max Dumesny and Toby “Bullet” Bellbowen were waging their own war and planning their attachk on the leaders.

Ian Madsen waited patiently and stuck to the high line. With car coming on perfectly in the closing stages of the race young Madsen shot to the lead with 9 laps remaining and was never headed. Eclipsing his rivals, Madsen has bagged a total of 13 victories so far this season.

Madsen won his first heat and was second in his second heat – this allocated him P5 for the start of the A-Main.

 

Ian Madsen in the #29 made a winning return to Valvoline Raceway

Ian Madsen (29) dicing with Toby Bellbowen (70)

Heat race action shows Max Dumesny (5) holding out Ant Brien (68) and Max Johnston (38)

Hayley Sayers (87) leads Mark Attard (52) out of turn 4 at Valvoline Raceway

It’s been a frantic start to the season at Valvoline Raceway and now competitors will enjoy a short pre-Christmas break. The next Sprintcar meeting will be a cracker with Americans Steve and Kraig Kinser jetting in for the $10K-to-win Valvoline Australian Grand Prix on Boxing night.

This comes on back of Steve Kinser announcing that next year will be his last season racing in the highly acclaimed World of Outlaws series. Americans Justin Henderson and Dale Blaney have also signalled their intention to hit Valvoline Raceway over the Christmas period.

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