Jamie Veal Takes 2016 Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic

All on-track Photos Courtesy Corey Gibson (corey@gibsonphotography.com.au)
Behind the scenes photos – Paul Griffin
Words by SCW Media

From Junior Sedans, to Formula 500’s, to Sprintcars, to Classic Champion! That was the case tonight for local resident Jamie Veal as he claimed the 2016 Lucas Oils Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic at the Sungold Stadium. After starting from the front row Veal defeated one of the toughest fields in Australian Sprintcar history as he finished in front of Kerry Madsen in a dramatic two lap sprint to the end.

“I can’t believe it. The guys gave me a great car and I was able to hang on. I looked up at the big screen and I saw the 29 coming so I knew he was there. I couldn’t believe the caution came out on the last lap I was so close to the finish line. I just had to take a few deep breaths and get ready for the last two laps. I can’t thank my parents enough and the fans for coming out tonight” added Veal shortly after completing a series of do-nuts on the infield.

Sweet Victory - Jamie Veal with his Team after taking out The Classic (Photo courtesy Corey Gibson)

After leading the race for almost 30 laps Veal had the challenge thrown to him by Madsen who tried everything he could to make the pass but he couldn’t get it done.

The caution came out for Steven Lines who melted down his powerplant and slowed dramatically catching out Ryan Jones and John Vogels.

Third place across the line was Robbie Farr, who got the better of Kyle Hirst in what was a great battle for the final podium position. Hirst actually led the race at one point until the yellow light came on negating the pass and handing the lead back to Veal.

Brad Sweet, who started from position 16, charged his way to position five with Brooke Tatnell, Randy Hannagan, James McFadden, Jason Sides and Terry McCarl rounding out the top 10.

Jamie Veal

Jamie Veal - Great Victory for the home town hero (Photo courtesy Corey Gibson)

Kyle Hirst

Kyle Hirst won the Ian Sheppard Trophy for best overall performance at Avalon, Mout Gambier and The Classic (Photo Courtesy Corey Gibson)

Kerry Madsen

Kerry Madsen tried eveything to get around Jamie Veal but had to settle for 2nd place (Photo Courtesy Corey Gibson)

Steven Lines

Steven Lines was a DNF with engine dramas (Photo Courtesy Corey Gibson)

Brooke Tatnell and James McFadden

Brooke Tatnell and James McFadden chat in the pits during heat action

The final night saw a massive crowd

Mark came all the way from Perth to catch the racing and eat those great Chitticks Pies

Premier Speedway is one of the best venues in Australia

Sea of Wings

Andy Caruana's V96

Pondering what lies ahead - Team member for Brock Hallet's S13 - "Mitcho"

Double shocks on the Bartlett's Auto Centre entry

Danny Dietrich

Danny Dietrich drove the WA56 entry

Tim Van Ginneken

Tim Van Ginneken - V36

Mitchell Gee's car (Q41) looked cool - so did his supporters !

96 cars competed on the final night of the 2016 Classic

WA 56 Support Team member ("Spinner") enjoying The Classic

Steve Crabbe (L) car owner for SJC Crushing's WA56 and crew member Gavin Davis

Sam Walsh

Sam Walsh

Peter Morris - Principal of Maxwill Engines

Peter Morris - Principal of Maxwill Engines

Victorian farmer Phil Lock

Rocket Man - Victorian farmer Phil Lock always enjoys a skid in the V4

Steven Lines

Brian Hall and Steven Lines (W3)

Brad Maiolo (W77)

Brad Maiolo (W77) and Marty Perovich share a joke in the pits

Ben Atkinson

Ben Atkinson (R) chats with dual WA Limited Sprintcar Champion Brayden Miller

Sprintcars often connect old buddies - L to R: Jackson, Lambie, Steve, Steph, Matt and Geoff take time out for a photo

Jamie Veal

Jamie Veal poised for action and his ultimate Classic Victory

4-Wide salute

After Jamie Veal won The Classic, fans headed in droves to the presentation area in the pits

Jamie Veal, Kerry Madsen and Robbie Farr

From top to Bottom: Jamie Veal (V35 - Winner), Kerry Madsen (N29 - 2nd), Robbie Farr (Q7 - 3rd)

Jamie Veal

Jamie Veal and The 2016 Classic Trophy

Mutual Admiration: Robbie Farr 3rd (L) and Jamie Veal 1st

Kerry Madsen

L to R: Kerry Madsen (2nd), Robbie Farr (3rd) and winner of the Ian Sheppard Trophy Kyle Hirst

Kyle Hirst

Kyle Hirst with the Ian Sheppard Trophy

Jamie Veal

Jamie Veal was interviewed by WIN TV shortly after the official presentations

Job Done! : Gavin White (L) congatulates local Warrnambool driver Jamie Veal on his "Classic" Victory

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