Words : Valvoline Raceway PR
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It was appropriate really….Ultimately the best driver in the country would become the Ultimate Sprintcar Champion, and last Saturday night (16th April) at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway 26 year old Jamie Veal recorded his 16th main event success this season and in the process wrapped up the USC Chase Series.
Though he was only able to secure the point position late in the 35-lap Championship finale, it looked inevitable much earlier in the race as the #35 SWI Engineering Maxim methodically picked its way through the traffic from the original fifth row starting spot.
Veal would pinch the #1 spot in the dying laps from the speedy James Thompson in the #22 Stahlwille Tools QT Chassis to prevent the previous season’s track champion from scoring his second main event win this season.
It wasn’t an easy night for the WSS and Warrnambool Classic Champion as an exploding right rear tyre saw him miss the transfer and have to win a restart plagued B-Main.
Young Jackson Delamont began a late race charge to claim a potent third place finish in the Mad Harry’s Steel Maxim.
James McFadden began storming through the field from a deep starting position but a critical restart situation stole the momentum he had rolling and prevented what may have been a better finish than his eventual fourth place.
Robbie Farr controlled the feature for the majority in the #7 Hi-Tec Oils Cool but by his own admission the car was ‘free for most of the race’ and he was unable to hold on as the late race chargers stormed him – he would eventually finish 5th and claim second place in the USC overall.
Troy Little had perhaps his best night this season with a front row start and his share of the race lead in the Steve Lynch owned Pit Stop Autos entry before eventually finishing 7th.
Sam Walsh’s bogey corner at Valvoline Raceway appears to be turn one.
The #92 Rocket Industries Maxim inexplicably spun on it’s own whilst leading the main comfortably, causing Walsh and Dad John to ponder just what had caused his third spin in the same corner whilst leading in as many feature races.
Max Dumesny continued his superb run of top ten results with sixth place in the main event and a win in the USC NSW Championship in the process.
On the night that honoured his “Pa” (Steve) Jordyn Brazier was certainly racy and determinedly aiming at a possible podium finish on the Steve Brazier legend night but a big flip in turn three after contact with Grant Anderson unfortunately ended that.
Both Brazier Jr and Anderson were retirements from the race in that incident.
A giant sized cushion in turn four and also in turn one claimed its share of cars with several right rear wheels packing full of clay and causing race-ending vibrations for their pilots.
Toby Bellbowen and Marcus Dumesny were two notable incidents.
Queensland teenager Lachlan McHugh was again impressive moving forward several positions in the main but an unfortunate flip in turn one after contact with Matt Dumesny ended the night on a disappointing note.
Sydney teenager Daniel Sayre too looked rapid in the #28 Maxim but he too crashed spectacularly on the main straight in a separate incident whilst having earlier impressed with his first appearance in the Pole Shootout.
A big crowd reveled in the Grand Final nature of the USC Chase Finale with some truly courageous racing and some fearless competition combining for a fitting conclusion to the historic USC.
Fans stood in ovation as Jamie Veal climbed to the top wing of his fearsome #35 Maxim and claimed the USC title.
The season ended with Veal as USC Champion followed by Robbie Farr in second and James McFadden third overall.
Farr’s win in the USC Queensland and runner up in USC overall was indeed a great result for the gritty Sydney veteran.
Max Dumesny’s win in USC NSW was a fitting result for the legendary throttle stomper who has at least committed to the next season and an assessment of what happens after that in terms of his racing future.
VR Managing Director was delighted with the inaugural year of the USC.
“I think it’s exceeded our expectations on many levels,” says Green, “the car counts, the TV exposure, the fan support, the USC merchandise sales and the general excitement surrounding the USC in Victoria, Queensland and here in NSW has been incredible. We’re already working on next season.”
Footnote: Words – Paul Griffin
And so with his spectacular victory in the USC Championship under his belt, Jamie Veal is heading from Valvoline Raceway to WA Perth Motorplex to complete in the 2nd Round of the Triple Crown Mini Series this Saturday night.
He will drive for Monte Motorsport in the #17 Milwaukee Tools Entry that American Kyle Hirst campaigned for Team Owner Luch Monte.
Despite the talent in the field, with his stunning performances this season and driving the cutting edge gear that Monte Motorsport dishes up, I feel that Jamie Veal is going to be very very hard to beat.