Kyle Hirst and David Gravel make it an American 1-2 at Simpson for the All Stars Challenge

2014 All Stars Challenge Podium - L to R: David Gravel 2nd, Kyle Hirst 1st, Chad Ely 3rd

Words and Image – All Stars Media

The Mainline DynoLog Dynamometers All Star Challenge was taken out by USA10 Kyle Hirst in the Michael Cunningham owned PRP Engineering ART. A jubilant Hirst pulled in over the scales, weighed in good and climbed from his mount to celebrate with Crew Chief Mikey and the Cunningham team. His elation at winning the event was obvious.

With Hirst and Gravel lining up on the front row, Ely & Ensign in P3 & P4 the crowd knew they were in for a great feature race and the drivers certainly didn’t let them down. Hirst got the start and led for the first lap but then David Gravel who had landed in the country only the day before passed him for the lead. The 2 diced each other lap after lap until lap traffic played its part when Hirst took advantage of this and swept passed Gravel for the lead. The rolls then reversed with Gravel doing the chasing but couldn’t manage to get thru again. With the race going green to chequer it was a spectacle to watch.

SA22 Ely was the first Aussie home after making an outside pass in the later stages of the race on USA60 Geoff Ensign to finish in 3rd with Ensign 4th. 5th and 6th placing’s taken by the local Simpson favourites of V70 Johnny Vogels and V4 Phil Lock. The spectator banks on Turn 1 all barracking for the favourite sons would have been elated with the results.

Scott Bogucki’s SA84 came for an unplanned drive across the SA border to run his 2nd All Star event. He drove an excellent race and was up to 4th in the middle stages of the race but unfortunately spun on turn 4 as the chequer was dropped. This youngster showed impressive talent taking on the Simpson track for his first visit there.

V86 Tim Van Ginneken kicked the night off well claiming the Oval Express Magazine Quick Time Award in only his 2nd run for the season.

With the Essendon Ford Big Screen being managed by Pro Videos expert Matthew Hamilton the night was made extra special with and insight to the Drivers meetings, race footage, action replays and driver interviews being shown just added another level to the show and the huge crowd in attendance.

Heat Wins: V86 Tim Van Ginneken, USA88 David Gravel, USA10 Kyle Hirst, V83 Chris Solomon, V4 Phil Lock, ACT15 Harley Bishop

A Main – USA10 Kyle Hirst, USA88 David Gravel, SA22 Chad Ely, USA60 Geoff Ensign, V70 Johnny Vogels, V4 Phil Lock, V91 Liam Williams, ACT49 Matt Reed, V86 Tim Van Ginneken, V68 Brett Milburn, V90 Corey McCullagh, SA62 Colin Brooks, V7 Paul Solomon, V40 Darren Hickman, V8 Corey Lincoln, V99 Zac Farrer, V11 Brad Foster, V82 Chris Solomon, SA84 Scott Bogucki DNF, ACT15 Harley Bishop DNF.

Contingency Awards:
Red Ed Sheds Lucky 7’s – Liam Williams
Bar Up 8 – Matt Reed
Hoosier Hero – Kyle Hirst
Oval Express Magazine Quick Time – Tim Van Ginneken
Fire Service Plus Hot Arse – Brett Milburn
IDIGIT Luck Draw – Zac Farrer
QT Hard Charger – tie – Liam Williams & Matt Reed
Johnny V Award – Michael Cunningham
Ronnies 50 – Chris Solomon


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