Ben Atkinson aces Max Dumesny in 8th Feb Sydney Speedway Meeting

Words – Sydney Speedway – Images by Gary Reid greid@pacific.net.au

Northern Territory racer Ben Atkinson saved his best for a last dash run at the Sydney sprintcar track premiership which resumed at Valvoline Raceway on 8th Feb.

Atkinson, driving the Pick and Payless #2 machine, started from position six in the field on a slick track, and quickly worked his way to the front inside a lap.

A re-start was called when two cars tangled and caused a re-start to the event.

Atkinson worked his way back to the front and then started the lapping procedures which were incident packed.

At the halfway mark it began a race against the curfew as Atkinson roared away with Max Dumesny and Max Johnston in third, one place ahead of visitor Danny Reidy.

The race looked like beating the curfew, but a flip by Kim Becker brought out the yellows.

Atkinson continued to lead the re-run from Dumesny and Johnston until officials declared the race five laps from the finish.

Atkinson was delighted to receive the winner’s trophy after a tough season at Valvoline Raceway where he has enjoyed mixed success this season.

“This feels terrific after the summer I’ve been through,” said Ben.

Luckiest driver on the night was young sprintcar racer Matt Dumesny who went into a corner in his heat race, overdid the slide and flipped violently.

Matt wasn’t injured and laughed off the spill.

 

Alex Orr (43) upends in turn 1 in his heat as Kim Becker takes avoiding action

Nick Simmons (9) leads Ben Atkinson (2) and Ant Brien (68) in heat race action

Max Dumesny (5) holds out Jay Waugh (99), Danny Reidy (5) and Ant Brien (68)

Ben Atkinson drove the high line for most of the A Main on his way to victory

Ben Atkinson (centre) won the A Main from James Thompson (left) and Max Dumesny

Max Dumesny (left) and James Thompson listen to winner Ben Atkinson's race description

James Thompson in the sunset flag parade

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