Waddell beats the weather and wins Carling Speedcar Pro Series round 5
The early morning weather warning was to prove right as rain interrupted the Feature race of round 5 of the Carling Mufflers Speedcar Pro Series at Speedway City.
The Carling Muffler supported series would have had fans and race promoters disappointed with the entry list for this prestige event , 17 teams nominated for the round but only 16 faced the program start .
Todd Waddell set tongues waging early with his first up pace setting the quick time during qualifying .The Bennett Motorsports Toyota Eagle had set the mark but there more was to come During the heat races first South Australian Brock Hallet broke Steven Graham’s longstanding track record set back in 1998 then Todd Waddell lowered it further and the mark now stands at 14.117.
Rain during the show had forced the schedule to be changes with the pole shuffle being dropped. Heading the points as the teams moved to the line for the feature was Lee Redman from Mark brown and Brock Hallett . The feature started with rain in the offering and a damp track that started to get very hooky and would cause early cautions and together with mid race rain force the officials to declare the race with only 13 laps in the book .
Rain interrupted race are filled with both good and bad luck , depending just where you are at the time of the rain . Sydney’s Mark Brown was well on his way to breaking his terrible South Australian racing luck only to have his Spike /hawk started to misfire allowing his Bennett Motorsports teammate Waddell into the race lead .At this point mother nature took control forcing the declaration of the round 5 Carling Speedcar Pro Series .
At race end Todd Waddell had this to say
“”So many times in speedway, these drama filled races work against you, so on the rare occasion they go in your favour, you take it with both hands!” Waddell said as he celebrated, unfazed by the pouring rain as he exited the cockpit.
“We’re just stoked to get a win and getting quick time tonight proved we had the car to beat, so this is a great point’s haul for Bennett Motorsport.”
The podium from round 5 at Speedway City Todd Waddell 1st Brock Hallett 2nd Neville Lance 3rd
Race results round 5 :
The teams now head to Tolmer Speedway which sits just off the Dukes Highway near the Victorian boarder . Defending Series Champion Kinshott take a lead of 108 points into the round 6 show from Waddell and 122 over former Australian Champion Neville Lance
The track at Tolmer has been reshaped and will offer a sensational racing surface for the Carling Speedcar pro Series round 6.