We’re Off and Racing Again !! – Grant Anderson Victorious at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway Opening Meeting for 2017

All images – Gary Reid  greid@pacific.net.au

Words – Wade Aunger – VRPR
 

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GRANT ANDERSON SCORES EMOTIONAL OPENING NIGHT USC NSW WIN

Grant Anderson’s timing couldn’t have been better last Saturday October 1st.

The Albury NSW second generation racer finally clinched his career first Valvoline Raceway main event success last night in the Brian Healey Gold Cup and in the process dedicated the milestone to a close family friend whose father had passed away suddenly the morning before.

“We have a really special friend and sponsor of our team who lost her Dad just yesterday,” Anderson explained on the podium, “he was always a big supporter of mine and I know that the whole family is really hurting right now. I really want to dedicate this win to Laurie.”

Grant Anderson celebrates

Grant Anderson celebrates his inaugural and very popular A-Main victory at Valvoline Raceway Sydney

Anderson sped the #37 WASP/Bandag Latrobe Valley entry from the tenth row of the grid to run down and pass entire racer leader Daniel Sayre in dense lapped traffic.

“We got a great start,” breathed Anderson, “and we were able to do just pick our way through traffic and make the most of our opportunities. I can’t explain what it means to finally win here after so many years of trying.”

Teenager Sayre was gracious in defeat, still managing an optimistic smile and thanking sponsors and family for their support after nearly pulling off the win of his short career.

“It’s very encouraging for us to run like that, it gives me a lot of confidence that we can do something like this more often. It’s not easy but it shows me we can do it.”

Daniel Sayre

Daniel Sayre drove a great race to come second to Grant Anderson

Robbie Farr trailed the lead duo home in third place.

Grant Anderson (left) and Robbie Farr

Grant Anderson (left) and Robbie Farr do battle in the A-Main

“Congratulations to Ando and Daniel, they both did a great job,” said the defending USC champion, “we’ll take third place tonight and bank some points. I got a terrible start and really didn’t put us in a position to get the win, so we’ll take this podium tonight and move on. It’s a long season ahead.”

Former USC Champion Jamie Veal looked destined for a podium finish as a minimum but contact he between he and Shaun Dobson in turn three saw the #35 SWI Maxim spin to a stop and have to begin from the rear of the field at the restart.

Veal stomped back to an eventual seventh place in the laps that followed.

Queenslander Mitchell Gee rewarded his Titan Racing team with a strong top ten performance on season debut whilst West Aussie USC rookie Callum Williamson also got off to a positive start qualifying straight into his first VR main event.

Mitchell Gee

Mitchell Gee in turn 1, lap 1 of the A Main

David Anderson

A Main podium: (l-r) Robbie Farr (3rd), Grant Anderson (1st), Daniel Sayre (2nd) and Healey family

Grant Anderson

Grant Anderson shows his winning style on the Valvoline Raceway clay

Matt Geering (6) leads Max Dumesny (5)

Matt Geering (6) leads Max Dumesny (5)

Jamie Veal

Jamie Veal was attempting to win his fourth consecutive season-opening Brian Healey Cup, but a mid-race spin saw him finish out of the placings

Peter O'Neill

Peter O’Neill was a non-starter in the A-Main despite looking good in Qualifying

Blake Skipper

Blake Skipper found the going tough and crossed the flagstand in P17 in the “Big Dance”

Jackson Delamont

Jackson Delamont had a night he would prefer to forget with a DNF in the A-Main

Max Dumesny

Max Dumesny stomps the throttle in the Valvoline backed V5

Albion Park Rail USC racer Steve Caunt had a bruising wreck in the B-Main where he all but totalled his ex Kasey Kahne entry and was briefly knocked unconscious in the rollover in turns one and two.

Steve Caunt

Steve Caunt goes over in the B-Main and wrecked his ex-Kasey Kahne racer in the pocess

USC Sprintcar A-Main results:
1. Grant Anderson
2. Daniel Sayre
3. Robbie Farr
4. James Thompson
5. Matt Dumesny
6. Shaun Dobson
7. Jamie Veal
8. Mitchell Gee
9. Jordyn Brazier
10. Warren Ferguson
11. Alex Orr
12. Max Dumesny
13. Callum Williamson
14. Mick Saller
15. Matt Geering
16. Grant Tunks
17. Blake Skipper
18. Glen Sutherland
19. Guy Stanshall
20. Jessie Attard DNF
21. Troy Little DNF
22. Danny Reidy DNF
23. Ben Atkinson DNF
24. Jackson Delamont DNF

Grant Anderson is looking forward to his next USC outing at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway on Saturday 14th October, is pumped and attempting to go back to back.

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