After a second-place finish in last season’s Australian Lightning Sprints Title, Kurt Wilson last Saturday night at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway was impressively able to fend off numerous challenges to score the winning honours in the 2015-16 season running of the event.
With the Lismore-based Wilson, the current NSW Champion, on equal points with defending Australian Champion and also current Queensland Champion Sean Iacono (Qld) at the completion of the heat races, positions for the feature race were decided by the two drivers’ fastest lap times, which saw Wilson gain pole position for the 25-lap feature race Australian Title decider.
As the lights went green, Iacono attempted to get the jump on Wilson off the line but Wilson’s pace kept him in the lead heading into the opening lap. Wilson’s lead was anything but comfortable though, when two-time NSW Champion AJ McTaggart (NSW) stole it from him two laps in to the race, only to be pushed back to his previous position when the yellows came on.
With Wilson leading the restart for only a few short laps, his position was threatened again, this time by youngster Matt Geering (NSW), who went on to record the fastest lap of the feature race, went about driving around the outside of Wilson in a spectacular move, putting himself up in to the lead from third.
After several stoppages, Wilson managed to retake the lead from Geering on lap 12 and then he held on to it for the remainder of the race and secured his second 2015-16 season blue-ribbon event win.
At the fall of the chequered flag, Wilson led home McTaggart in second and 2014 Australian Champion Darren Salmon (NSW) in third.
Geering, Iacono, another youngster in Jordan Binskin (NSW), Ethan Eyears (NSW), DJ Raw (NSW), Rodney Waters (NSW) and rookie Danny Stone (NSW) completed the top-10 finishers. Shane Cooper (NSW), Gerrard Latham (NSW), Scott Moir (NSW) and Dean Eden (NSW) were the only other drivers to go the distance.
In what was a great display of driving, Wilson, who had tasted success at the Valvoline Raceway track back when he won the 2010 NSW Junior Sedans Title, was certainly a deserving winner of this season’s Australian Title.
“Winning the NSW Title was an amazing feeling, but to win the Australian Title is a completely different feeling,” commented a jubilant Wilson.
“I have to give huge credit to my team for making this possible, and a special mention to all of my rivals, who certainly didn’t let me have it easy – it was a great showcase of racing throughout the night.”
Mechanical problems unfortunately ended former NSW Champion Chris Davis’s Australian Title hopes prematurely in the feature race after he had earlier in the night shown impressive speed throughout the heat races.
The sole Victorian Owen Bulman’s night also ended abruptly, due to engine problems, which forced him to retire early from his opening heat race.
McTaggart, Iacono, Wilson and Geering managed to come away with heat-race wins earlier in the night.
The next outing for the NSW Litre Sprintcars is the final round of the Country Series that is to be held at Nowra Speedway this Saturday night.
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