Matt Egel Flies to Victory at Avalon Raceway World Series Sprintcars

Images – Ebony Griffin
Words – Paul Griffin

IMG_6949Matt 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.

View Inside the "Hobson" box before the hostilities commenced

View Inside the “Hobson” box on the main straight before the hostilities commenced

Heat 2 at WSS Avalon

Early heat action

Jason Johnson

USA Star Jason Johnson drove the immaculate Diamond Bay W26 car

Matt Egel

Matt Egel 97S (centre) just prior to his second heat

Qualifying

Qualifying kicks off

Before the A-Main

Moments before the beasts are released

More 4-Wide

The WSS Big Screen is visible on the back straight as the 4-Wide gets underway

4-Wide

Fireworks are unleashed as the 4-Wide Salute to the crowd is conducted

Matt Egel has never been more ecstatic after taking out the Avalon WSS A-Main : Image ex WSS internet report - Ben Toowoomba Speedway

Matt Egel has never been more ecstatic after taking out the Avalon WSS A-Main : Image ex WSS internet report by Ben from Toowoomba Speedway

Ebony Griffin

Ebony Griffin (standing RH) supplied the images for this post. Here Ebony and her friends pose with Dirt Modified racer Ebony Hobson at the end of the night

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