A dominant performance saw Kurt Wilson clinch last Saturday night’s Western Machine Shop supported NSW Lightning Sprint Title at Gilgandra Speedway.
The 23-year-old racer, who had won all three of his heat races, started the NSW Title deciding feature race from pole position and continued his supremacy of the night by holding onto the lead throughout the feature race, before taking out the win.
While it appeared Wilson had an easy run to victory, the second generation racer knew better. A multitude of stoppages during the race meant fuel was going to go down to the wire.
“It was a bit touch and go there towards the end,” admitted the Northern NSW-based racer.
“For the last couple of laps I was quite nervous, I didn’t know if I was going to be able to make it through to the end. The stoppages ate my fuel and left me right on the edge.
“As I would turn the car into the corners on the final lap it would tip the fuel so I could make it a little bit further, and by the time I crossed the finish line I was pretty much running on fumes.”
The win means Wilson has taken his maiden major title in the Lightning Sprints class, and adds to his six wins from his seven feature race appearances this season. After finishing second in the last two Queensland Titles, along with a second in last season’s Australian Title, the monkey was finally removed from his back.
“To be honest, it’s a great feeling to finally pick up a big win,” Wilson said, who is a former NSW Junior Sedan Champion.
“I had a great car all night, and I was very relieved to greet that chequered flag as a winner for a number of reasons.”
Queenslander Wayne Iacono finished in second, while two-time NSW Champion AJ McTaggart finished in third. The latter had only passed youngster Jordan Binskin on the final lap for the last spot on the podium after he had charged his way from deep in the field.
The remainder of the finishers were Binskin in fourth ahead of outgoing NSW Champion Chris Davis and the highest B-Grade finisher Paul Holliday in fifth and sixth place respectively.
In what was a feature race of attrition, the non-finishers included Queensland favourite Scott Genrich, youngster Matt Geering, Dean Eden, Rodney Waters, Gerrard Latham, Vic McTaggart, Brett Davies, David Atwood and Andrew Davis.
The only non-starter in the feature race was Lismore’s Ethan Eyears.
In what was an interesting piece of trivia, Kurt Wilson won his 2010 NSW Junior Sedan Title – taking it from Chris Davis. Fast forward five seasons, Wilson once again took the NSW Title from Davis – this time it was in the Lightning Sprints class.
Earlier in the night, Binskin, Geering and Iacono each won heat races, alongside Wilson’s three-peat of wins.
The NSW Title was completely re-run following the original event, which was held at Gunnedah Speedway earlier in the season, was cancelled, due to an early crash in the feature race that severely damaged the safety fence.
Special thanks must go out to this season’s NSW Title sponsors: Weston Machine Shop, C&A Mobile Sound & Communication, Connolly Bros Kitchens, Design Effects Signage, and Lismore City Truck & Trailer Spares.
The next race meeting for NSW Lightning Sprints is going to be on the Saturday night of March 5 at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway.
To find out more about the NSW Lightning Sprints, look them up on Facebook by searching NSW Lightning Sprints or visit their website www.litresprintcars.net.