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Sam Walsh was a jubilant winner of the Sid Hopping Shootout at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway Saturday night (15 Oct), pocketing $10,000 for the win and creating a nice little slice of history along the way.
Earlier in the night the 28-year-old third generation racer sped his new Rocket Industries #92 GF1 to the fastest single lap ever recorded at Valvoline Raceway with a sizzling 11.549 in qualifying and eclipsed American Cody Darrah’s long-standing record.
“It’s been an incredible night for our team,” grinned Walsh as he pointed to the Rocket Industries/Aeroflow Corporate Box a mere 100m from where he was parked in victory lane, “we’ve got a great motor in this new car and we’re starting to get handle on the package. I can’t thank everyone enough for making this possible.”
Sid Hopping himself was delighted to hand the winner’s trophy over to Walsh for the second time in three years.
“You did a great job Sam. The speed you had tonight was incredible. Well done,” said the living legend and creator of the Parramatta City Raceway (now Valvoline raceway) near enough to forty years ago.
Despite the fact that the track took rubber during the 30-lap main event the racing was enthralling with some surprising moments and several personal best results.
Matt Dumesny sped by first his father Max, then Jamie Veal to record his first podium and second place finish.
Jamie Veal placed third behind Walsh and Dumesny with Max Johnston putting in a blinder to place fourth ahead of Robbie Farr, Max Dumesny, Jordyn Brazier, Daniel Sayre (career best for 8th), Jackson Delamont and Troy Little rounding out the top ten.
Classified outside the top ten were James Thompson eleventh followed by Toby Bellbowen, Ben Atkinson, Grant Tunks, Marcus Dumesny, Kyle Caunt, Shaun Dobson, Mick Saller, Braydan Wilmington, Marty Perovich, Jeremy Cross and Garry Brazier.
Sam Walsh was the fastest qualifier in Flight One and overall whilst Robbie Farr was the fastest in Flight Two.
Heat winners were Jordyn Brazier, Jamie Veal, Robbie Farr and Max Johnston.
The B-Main transferees (1st and 2nd) in the respective two B-Mains were Garry Brazier, Matt Smith, Shaun Dobson and Braydan Willmington.
The Pole Shootout was won by Jamie Veal.
A huge crowd greeted drivers and crew as the second annual “Ultimate Pink Night” promotion drew fans in from all over Sydney.
Fundraising was held for the National Breast Cancer Foundation with many teams getting fully committed to the cause and helping to raise funds and awareness for the cause.