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Robbie Farr has taken his dominant form from his recent Queensland Title victory to south of the border to claim the third round of the NSW USC at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway.
Farr claimed his 41st career win at the venue by timing quickest in the first qualifying flight while Matt Smith claimed the overall Quicktime honour with a rapid 11.585 lap as James Thompson registered an identical time to Smith’s, but on his second circulation.
Farr’s runner-up result in his heat set the foundation for him winning the first dash and locked in to the front row of the A-Main alongside Grant Anderson with Matt Dumesny and Matt Smith sharing row two and Max Johnston and Ben Atkinson in positions five and six, representing four states over the first six spots on the grid.
Farr was untouchable from the start and was never threatened for the entire 30 laps despite a barnstorming start from Anderson who was buoyant from his win last weekend in Avalon, however faded back to sixth within the first five laps.
Toby Bellbowen was the first casualty after contact with Shaun Dobson sent the N7 skyward over the finish line after just three laps, and the Essendon Ford entry of Dobson out of the race with a deflated right rear.
James Thompson was mind blowing in the first six laps advancing from tenth to sixth, while Ben Atkinson attained a potential podium position after seven laps before being relegated to fourth by a hard charging Max Johnston.
Maxy J had mysteriously fallen to ninth in the first ten laps before meticulously clawing back to third in the closing stages to go into battle with Matt Dumesny who’d held on to second for much of the race. Dumesny however was balked by lapped traffic on the last corner exit of the final lap and opened the door for Johnston to steal a runner up finish at the final opportunity.
Ben Atkinson secured fourth in front of Jackson Delamont advanced from a fourth row start to claim fifth.
Max Dumesny was almost the hard charger after a heat race DNF forced him to battle through the B main to start 22nd in the A main and progress an impressive twelve positions to finish tenth, however the reigning USC NSW champion was upstaged by his youngest son Marcus who climbed from 21st to 8th with a warning sign to the industry of the level of natural talent that resides in the quietly spoken teenager.
USC attention now turns to Murray Machining and Shed Speedway in Murray Bridge next Saturday where a field in excess of 40 cars is expected to grace the newest venue on the USC roster for South Australia’s first Ultimate Pink Night.