Images – Ebony Griffin
Words – Paul Griffin
Matt Egel stormed home to take a very popular WSS victory last night (Dec 30) at Avalon Raceway.
As on many occasions before, Egel was enlisted to drive the distinctive Orange Downing Brothers S97.
Egel drove a calculated, gutsy race and held off a very determined Kerry Madsen (Current Australian Champion) and James McFadden (W17).
Unfortunately Egel’s time trial wasn’t stunning by any stroke of the imagination, coming in at 7th in his flight.
This forced him to work extra hard in his heats to make up points.
Ultimately Egel was 7th top point scorer going into the Top 8 pole shootout.
He then pulled a rabbit out of the hat in the Shootout coming from the very first round (of 3) to finish in Pole Position – an incredible feat considering the company he was in.
At the victory presentation Madsen paid tribute to Egel indicating that he couldn’t pass him on the rubber down track, and simply had to wait for him to make a mistake to be able to get past – that mistake didn’t come as Egel went about executing a clinic on precise driving.
Our photographer Ebony Griffin went along with her friends and captured some “behind-the-fence” images.