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Jamie Veal has steamed to another victory – This time at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway on Sat 5th March!!!
Round One of the historic Ultimate Sprintcar Championship Chase has gone to the seemingly unstoppable Veal.
Veal powered the #35 SWI Engineering Maxim to the $10,000 victory to lead home a lively Danny Reidy in second and Max Dumesny filling out the final position on the podium in the 35 lap A-Main.
He was presented with his Winner’s trophy by Chase #1 Valvoline Raceway LEGEND Barry Lewis who was honoured on the night for over 50 years contribution to the sport.
“I struggled a bit early in the race,” Veal conceded, “the track was really different tonight and it took me a while to get some clear track and find where my car was best. Danny did a great job for most of the race and I was lucky we had a restart to get a chance to run him down.”
Reidy was pleased with the runner up spot.
“From what they tell me we were pretty fast, it’s always hard to gauge how effective your set up when you’re in front but the boys told me we had a good little lead there for a while,” explained the Alice Springs born Queenslander.
Max Dumesny was loving the slick nature of the track and helping himself to some monster slide jobs in the Valvoline Maxim.
“Congratulations to Jamie for another great win, he really is the guy to beat these days. Danny and I had a great race going on behind him but neither one of us had much for him I don’t think.”
The battles within the pack were legendary with at one point a four wide battle erupting into turn one between Garry Brazier, Robbie Farr, Max Dumesny and James McFadden.
Grant Anderson was rapid in the Bandag Latrobe Valley #37, as was Sam Walsh’s #92 Rocket Maxim, Darryl Campbell really got going late in the race in the #28 Villtruck entry.
Max Johnston came from back beyond the tenth row to claim a strong seventh, Matt Smith finished strongly in the #11 Barry Lewis KPC and the Dumesny brothers Matt and Marcus rounded out the top ten with ninth and tenth respectively.
Tenth place for Marcus was his career best result in the Valvoline #47.
James McFadden had a frustrating night in the Westralian Diamond Drillers #25 with a mystery vibration that took him out of contention for an immediate A-Main transfer despite timing in 6th fastest in qualifying.
McFadden came out several times behind other races to try and trace the vibration but had to battle through to win the B-Main and then get as high as fourth before a mechanical gremlin reared its head again and he pulled into the pits with not long left in the race.
Until that point he was barnstorming, as is the norm.
Jordyn Brazier had moved up into fourth position in the #21 Capalaba Wreckers entry only to blow a right rear tyre when pushing forward towards a possible podium finish.
Earlier in the night Jamie Veal set Quick Time in qualifying and heat wins went to Garry Brazier, Max Dumesny, Grant Anderson and Darryl Campbell.
The Pole Shootout was won by Sammy Walsh and he started alongside Robbie Farr for the A-Main.
Farr was hectic in the A-Main and certainly in contention for a podium finish when he made contact with Max Johnston’s car heading into turn three and the Hi-Tec Oils #7 Cool rolled bringing on the red lights and ending Farr’s charge prematurely.
Final positions were:
1. Jamie Veal
2. Danny Reidy
3. Max Dumesny
4. Grant Anderson
5. Sam Walsh
6. Darryl Campbell
7. Max Johnston
8. Matt Smith
9. Matt Dumesny
10. Marcus Dumesny
11. Roddy Bellbowen
12. Jackson Delamont
13. Jimmy Matchett
14. Mitchell Dumesny
15. Ben Atkinson
16. Lachlan Abbott
17. Warren Ferguson
18. Michael Saller
19. Robbie Farr DNF
20. Jay Waugh DNF
21. Jordyn Brazier DNF
22. Garry Brazier DNF
23. James McFadden DNF
24. Jack Lee