Scott Genrich had one hand on the feature-race winning trophy in the Lightning Sprints last Monday night at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway; however, a crash denied him of the win and handed it to Northern NSW-based visitor Kurt Wilson.
After qualifying on the second row for the 15-lap feature race, Genrich, the former Queensland Champion, had quickly built a healthy lead up until a mistake on lap seven saw him get out of shape and consequently lose momentum. As this occurred, second-placed Peter Campbell made a run on Genrich and attempted to pass him for the lead, but contact between the pair ensued and Genrich had his car’s front-end knocked out and it brought his winning hopes to a premature end. In what was believed by many to be simply a racing incident, the chief steward ordered Campbell to the rear for the restart, due to believing he was the primary cause of the accident.
Following the sidelining of Genrich and Campbell being ordered to the rear of the field for the restart, Wilson, who had started from position six in the field, inherited the lead. From there, he was never headed and went on to greet the chequered flag a comfortable winner.
Last season’s Queensland Club Champion Michael Gollagher and current Australia # 3 Kirsty Kelly completed the podium finishers in second and third place respectively. Gollagher showed good speed in only his second race meeting of the season, while Kelly was in strong form in what was her first appearance of the season and it rewarded her with a podium finish. Jeremy Hassell and Campbell rounded out of the top-five finishers.
Apart from Genrich, other non-finishers in the feature race were Dion Prowse, Emma Harris and current Australian and Queensland Champion Sean Iacono. The latter had retired due to a broken chain tensioner. Keith Blatch was unable to start the feature race because of encountering mechanical issues during the heat races.
Genrich and Iacono had won the heat races earlier in the night, while other strong heat-race performers were Wilson and Kelly. In the opening heat race, Iacono failed to finish due to engine issues, while Campbell failed to finish either of his heat races because of a crash and then engine woes respectively. Both Iacono and Campbell were able to overcome those earlier dramas, but they were denied of a feature-race winning chance through varied reasons.
This meeting had originally been scheduled for Sunday night, but due to the wet weather it had to be moved back to the Monday night.
The next outing for the QLSRA will be on the Saturday night of January 9 back at Archerfield Speedway. This meeting is going to support the second and final night of the Australian Open for 410 Sprintcars that doubles as a World Series Sprintcars round.
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