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Matt Dumesny gave it his all at Valvoline Raceway (Sat 5th Nov) to take his maiden USC and career victory in the Valvoline Synpower #57 Maxim.
An elated Dumesny was delighted to learn when he got to the podium, that his legendary father Max was also in the top three with a third place finish behind Max Johnston.
“I can’t thank my boys enough, they worked their butts off on this car so far this season, we time trialed fastest in our group and gave ourselves the best possible chance. It’s a dream to get the win for them”
Max Johnston stormed home in second place for the second time in as many weeks in USC NSW in the Airplant Services #38 Triple X.
“We blew the power steering unit in the heat race and the boys thrashed really hard to get us back into this whole deal,” Johnston explained on the podium, “I’m pleased for Airplant Services and our team to get second but I’d really like to get a win.”
Third placed Max Dumesny was thrilled to see son Matt take the win, and also have all four Dumesny men (Max, Matt, Marcus and Mitchell) directly making it into the A-Main.
Troy Little was left to ponder what might have been when he spun whilst leading after starting on the front row with Dumesny.
Little salvaged fourth place however in the Pit Stop Autos Maxim when the chequers flew ahead of a huge drive from Alex Orr from 14th to 5th in the Meander Village #43.
Marty Perovich enjoyed one of his best runs this season moving the #17 Intext ART from 10th to 6th place after being as high as fourth place whilst Robbie Farr had a quiet night by his own standards with sixth place in the ECP Racing Cool for seventh.
Marcus Dumesny pedaled from 12th to eighth, Michael Saller moved smoothly from 16th to a strong top ten with 9th whilst Jay Waugh’s excellent start on the second row eventually netted him tenth.
Warren Ferguson advanced slightly from 13th to 11th in the Fruitwheels #32 entry, Mitchell Gee took the Titan Garages Cool from the ninth row to a solid 12th, Jeremy Cross started the Eliminator Wings SPIKE from 9th and wound up 13th ahead of Shaun Dobson’s Essendon Ford #21 entry in 14th (started strongly in 5th) Grant Tunks 15th (after winning his B-Main) Darryl Campbell 16th (started 20th) Daniel Sayre 17th (came from winning his B-Main) Braydan Wilmington 18th (started 19th) Blake Skipper 20th (started 18th) Matthew Geering 21st (started 20th) Mark Attard 21st (started 23rd) Matt Smith 22nd, Mitchell Dumesny 23rd and Michael Jordan 24th.
Quick time for the overall Ian Boettcher Race Parts Qualifying was Troy Little.
Heat race wins went to Jay Waugh (OSA #99) Troy Little (Pit Stop Autos Maxim) Matt Smith (Australia Wide Towing KPC) and Matt Dumesny (Valvoline Synpower Maxim).
The Pole Shootout was cancelled due to time constraints.
Top Twenty in qualifying were:
Troy Little 11.908
Warren Ferguson 11.992
Shaun Dobson 12.014
Jeremy Cross 12.037
Mitchell Gee 12.089
Blake Skipper 12.099
Grant Tunks 12.140
Matthew Dumesny 12.156
Jay Waugh 12.197
Mark Blyton 12.255
Kyle Caunt 12.265
Mark Attard 12.324
Robbie Farr 12.364
Alex Orr 12.387
Matt Geering 12.420
Thomas Jeffrey 12.421
Matt Smith 12.452
Max Johnston 12.502
Paul Freeman 12.518
Michael Jordan 12.521
Non-racing highlight of the night was the 24-car national anthem parade featuring the 24 drivers under the age of 24 years old contesting tonight’s USC NSW Round 4.
Hard luck story of the night was Queensland youngster Brandon Rawlings who was crashed out by the spun Antony Jeffrey whilst Rawlings was convincingly leading the B-Main and headed towards certain A-Main advancement.