As we commenced Round 5 of the Stockmans Civil and Plant QLSRA Championship we are ecstatic to see 20 cars on the race track in what looks to be the largest field of cars outside of a blue ribbon event in 6 years for the class!!
Given the size of the field there were 2 Rounds of heats with each round consisting of 2 heats. Drivers would complete across 1 heat in each round completing 2 heats to determine their starting position for the 20 lap feature race.
Heat 1 saw Scott Jukes Q34 continue his strong form and take out victory, he was followed home by Darren Baldwin Q33 and Jason Rae Q1 took third. They only issue for was a niggling engine problem for Jayden Mathers Q97 which saw him retire early from the race.
Heat 2 was taken out by a returning star Dave Fanning. Dave made his season debut in his Q89 Henchcraft after it only recently landed on Australian soil. Having won several State Titles and also 2 Australian Titles seeing Dave Fanning’s return to Lighting Sprints is an exciting development in the 2019/2020 season. Following in second was current club champion Keith Blatch Q77 with the in-form Tyler Stralow Q51 following closely in third.
Heat 3 took a restart to get rolling but once it did, it did not disappoint. Starting from position 6 Dave Fanning put on an amazing show running wheel to wheel with Wayne Iacono Q20 for the final 4 laps of the race to finish first and second. The display of skill and speed was a showcase of the quality of racing the Lighting Sprints are producing. Home in third place was the ever-consistent David Van Vegchel in the black Q8.
Heat 4 victory went to Jason George Q14 who has continued to build on a strong showing this season as he settles back into the car and continues to find speed. Following in second was another ex-Australian Champion in Sean Iacono in the Q21 his lap time was nuts at 13.883 and one of only 3 to break the 13.9 bracket on the night. The final podium place went to Adam Norton Q7 who took out third place to have his highest finish in a heat race this season.
After the completion of the heats Dave Fanning was the highest point scorer who also pulled the pole marble and would start the feature race on the front row. Scott Jukes, Jason George and Sean Iacono rounded out the top 4 on points. However after the marble draw 6th highest on points Wayne Iacono found himself sharing the front row with Fanning. With Scott Jukes and Jason George on row 2.
In the 20 car field the QLSRA we also fortunate enough to have the support of Danny Stone N47 who made the trip to come and keep us all honest as he pushed from P11 in the feature. The QLSRA would like to thank Danny for his efforts as he drives the 12 odd hours several times a season to come and race with us and support the class in QLD.
We were also excited to see David Collins make his Lightning Sprint Debut in the Q2 Boss Hoggs car. Dave joins us after an extensive career in Compact Seedcars where he is the current Club Champion. He recently equal top qualified at the Australian Compact Tile and will certainly be one to watch as the season unfolds.
With 18 cars starting the feature race the filed of cars looked amazing! Fanning quickly took command of the race starting out of pole position and getting the jump on Wayne Iacono. Scott Jukes was quickly to slot into third place and continued to harass Iacono for the remainder of the race. The tussle further down the field saw Jason George fend off Sean Iacono. Dave Collins tore through the field to come home in 6th position after starting out of p12.
Blatch and Rae rounded out the top 8 for the night, with hard luck stories going to Tyler Stralow who lost a sprocket and was forced to retire. Mechanical issues continued to persist for Mathers with Norton and Derek Wells taking damage and being forced to the infield. Starting out of P16 James Elliot Q88 also made solid inroads forward moving up 7 places to finish 9th Andrew Parkes came home 10th as he continues to settle into Lightning Sprints and improve with every race.
In another milestone for the QLSRA we welcomed another Rookie to our ranks this meeting with Mark Sparky Peters Q98 making his debut in the class and also his very first speedway race. Finishing in 13th placed we saw some solid laps and a quality foundation laid for the meetings ahead.
After taking the opportunity to drive the car of Adam Norton at a practice event Mark knew he just had to have one. Welcome to the QLSRA Mark, we look forward to watching you learn your craft in these awesome little speedway machines.
As the chequered flag flew Fanning took out his first feature victory of the 2019/2020 seasons and firmly made the statement that he is back. In second was Wayne Iacono continuing a rivalry from many years earlier and third was the young gun of Scotty Jukes. First B grader home went to David Collins.
The QLSRA would like to thank all the drivers who supported the event, we continue to see numbers growing and still have several drivers due to return to the fold in the coming weeks. We would also like to thank Stockmans Civil and Plant for their ongoing support of the club. Our next outing sees us back on the road and heading to Kingaroy Speedway for Round 6 of the club Championship on December 14th.