In what was the return of Lightning Sprints to Maryborough Speedway the club put on a show that was nothing short of spectacular! We put on a strong field of 12 cars for the first Blue Ribbon event of the season The Patrick Moroney Memorial.
The format for the evening was that each driver would race in 3 out of 4 heat races. This would form that base of qualifying points that would set the grid for the 25 lap main event.
The track put forward tough slick conditions for the drivers which saw some challenging racing as everyone fought to better their position and improve their position for the starting grid of the feature race.
Over the 4 heat races the podiums fell as follows, Heat 1 victory went to Keith Blatch, followed home by Jason Rae in second Scott Jukes came in third. Heat 2 victory went to Jason George again following home in second was Scotty Jukes with Tyler Stralow coming home third.
Darren Baldwin took victory in Heat 3, putting in a consistent performance saw Tyler come home second with Keith Blatch in third place. Heat 4 was taken out by David Van Vegchel followed by Tyler in second with Jason Rae coming homing third.
After the 4 rounds of racing the final qualifying positions leading into feature saw Tyler Stralow as the top point scorer and starting out pole position. On his outside is Keith Blatch with the young talent fighting it out again with the experienced veteran for another weekend in a row. After a consistent effort in the heat races Darren Baldwin put himself out of Position 3 on the grid with David Van Vegchel out of 4. Rounding out the top 6 was Jason George out of 5. Who was making his season debut and had shown consistent speed through the night having taken victory in an earlier heat race. Jason Rae started out of P6 and after being forced to retire from last weeks feature due to a mechanical issue was looking to finally make his mark on the club championship this season.
Given the high enthusiasm of the drivers for the clubs first Blue Ribbon and $500 to win event. The race took several restarts before it managed to get underway. Tyler took the lead on the final restart as Keith struggled to get away having suffered damage and receiving a flat Left Front Tyre from one of the earlier attempts to start the race.
Keith’s weakness was Baldwins gain with Darren quickly moving into second position. Keith then fought off the race long attack of Jason George who moved into fourth position on the opening lap of the race. In an awesome demonstration of driver skill the race then went from Green to Chequered flag without a stoppage.
Tyler took a commanding victory over Baldwin and Blatch who rounded out the podium. Tyler was stoked to chalk up his second feature win in as many weeks and to also firmly establish his lead in the club standings.
The club’s next outing is this coming weekend at Archerfield Speedway where we will make our first appearance for the season. With 12 cars already nominated another strong field is expected.
The Queensland Lighting Sprint Racing Association would like to thank our naming rights sponsor Stockman’s Civil and Plant for their ongoing support of Lightning Sprint Racing in Queensland.