Australia Day Weekend – Victory for the Stars and Stripes.
One of the most special days in Australia, the Australia Day Weekend has been host to two major speedway shows
In Brisbane the first two of the four POWRi World Midget Championships rounds and down south at Warnambool the Premier Speedway brought us the 43rd running of the Grand Annual Classic for Sprintcars before a packed house over three massive nights .Australian’s well known for meat pies, Kangaroos and Holden Cars arrived at Brisbane’s Archerfield and Warnambool’s Premier Speedway hoping for a Aussie win .Both these events brought the best available racecar drivers to our shores from the USA and New Zealand.
Tough for the race fans, even tougher for the local teams to see the visitors take spoils including the cash in both events.
POWRi World Midget Championship
The Kiwis and the Americans dominated both POWRi Shows in Brisbane with Brad Mosen the Kiwi taking the preliminary Feature and Bryan Clauson the major Feature. Night two of the POWRi Worlds was looking like being Darren Hagan’s night until he suffered tyre problems allowing the pole sitter Clauson to assume the lead and head to the checker and the race win. Clauson leaves Brisbane and with the rest of the teams and head south to Lismore for the final two Australian rounds. Clauson heads into the Lismore round as point leader over Kiwi Michael Pickens
.As with previous night the Australian driver did not feature in the major placing the best again was Matt Smith with his fourth place finish behind Clauson, Pickens and Hayden Williams .We have a saying down under,”pull the finger out “it applies to the Aussie drivers as they struggle to get on terms with the visitors.
The 43rd Annual Sprintcar Classic –Premier Speedway Warnambool.
Three nights of racing, two qualifying rounds then the 40 Lap Classic .World of Outlaw winners, USAC Champions and winners from most Sprintcar sanactionsed groups across the USA and all the top Australian. This race the Annual Classic draws the very best to Warnambool and there can be no doubt that it is not only the most sought after wins on the Australian Sprintcar schedule but the best supported Speedway event in the country and promoted by possibly Speedway club the in the country
.Massive crowds every night filled the Premier Speedway to See US based Aussie Brooke Tatnell wins the first qualifying night and Australian Champion Dave Murcott take the night two qualifying Feature.
Sunday night the top point scores came together to fight out the 40 lap Classic main event and for $30,000 cash purse. It was a long night as the weather and cool air moved in over Warnambool and rain threatened the Classic .After a break racing continued on a sticky and tacky race track.
The interruption to the program was lost of the crowd as the field approached the starter, green and Hirst out of pole position assumed the lead. The Californian would never be headed during his fag to flag Classic win and in the process he took the 40 lap race apart by a whopping 1 minute and 13 seconds.
Brooke Tatnell started from position 5 and would pass both Madsen brothers as he raced into the second spot leaving the final podium position for the Victorian Anderson who started alongside Hirst.
We are all proud Australians down under but are quick to congratulate and recognize the great performances from our overseas visitors.
There is always another race.
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