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Words by Sydney Speedway
David Murcott doesn’t get to Valvoline Raceway very often but when he does, he sure makes it count.
The Australian Sprintcar Champion recorded his first ever win in New South Wales (and naturally Valvoline Raceway) in last Saturday nights A-Main by leading home a stellar field in the 30 lap main event.
Murcott is the second Victorian to score victory in Sydney this season joining Jamie Veal with three successes.
Sam Walsh is the only Sydneysider to win at this point.
“We don’t come here a lot but I’ve always loved racing here and obviously now I love it even more,” grinned the affable Murcott, “the track had a few different options that you could take and fortunately I was able to move the car around a bit to take whatever line we needed.”
Murcott lead home the first of the Parramatta Posse in Troy Little for second, Darwin’s Sydney racing resident Ben Atkinson in third, South Aussie “evergreen” Trevor Green fourth and Sydney hard charger James Thompson rounding out the top five.
“There’s a reason why there’s a number one on that fuel tank,” said Troy Little pointing to Murcott’s car, “that’s why it’s a pretty cool deal for us to run second to him with such a great crowd here tonight.”
Ben Atkinson was disappointed overall even though he made the podium.
“I’m frustrated,” he conceded, “my guys are doing a great job to give me what I need to win and I just can’t get the job done at my end. I’m pleased for our team that we finished on the podium but I know that I should be doing better.”
The hard luck stories of the night came thick and fast, including then race leader Darryl Campbell and rapidly closing Jamie Veal.
Rookie Tom Jeffrey spun coming out of turn four leaving Campbell and Veal nowhere to go with Campbell rolling over and Veal taken out with front-end damage.
At the time Veal had been on a massive charge from the fifth row of the grid and looked almost certain to be headed into the lead.
“You take these things on the chin I guess,” said a dejected Campbell, “we’ll get back in and put on a show as best we can but the car’s pretty beaten up.”
World Series Sprintcars champion Steven Lines was at times lively in the Halls Motorsport #3 KPC and wound up sixth ahead of Robbie Farr in seventh, Sam Walsh eighth, Marty Perovich ninth and Toby Bellbowen tenth.
Bellbowen and his elder brother Roddy were in the wars throughout the night with both rolling over in spectacular fashion in an earlier heat (Toby) and the B-Main (Roddy).
Adrian Maher was eleventh ahead of Max Dumesny, Jackson Delamont, Warren Ferguson Matt Young, Paul Laskaseski and Darryl Campbell the last classified finisher.
DNF’s were Jordyn Brazier, Kelly Linigen, Jamie Veal, Thomas Jeffrey, Jimmy Matchett, Max Johnston (who unfortunately rolled over in turn two) and Bryan Mann.
Jamie Veal convincingly won the B-Main from Toby Bellbowen (who set quick time in the Network Industries Qualifying) Max Johnston and Adrian Maher.
Maher managed to escape a major melee in the B-Main when he made contact with Jack Lee that saw Lee spin up track into the path of the hapless Ryan Davis with numerous cars being involved and DNF as a result.
Danny Reidy was desperately unlucky too being tagged by Lachlan Abbott in turn two of the opening lap, which saw Reidy spin into the path of a rapidly closing in Matt Thomas and Michael Matchett.
Thomas rolled heavily in the #45 car was fortunately unhurt.
Heat wins went to Ben Atkinson, Kelly Linigen (who qualified on the second tow for the A-Main) Steven Lines and Troy Little.
The Pole Shuffle was again a popular affair with some tremendous wing-to-wing action and Darryl Campbell emerging victorious to take pole position in the 30-lap main event.
Mark Attard claimed the C-Main from fellow transferee Guy Stanshall in second place.