Williams, Redpath too good in title deciders

REVVED UP: Luke Williams powers away to win his first Tasmanian street stock championship in Hobart on Saturday night. Troy Russell finished in second place. Picture: Angryman Photography

REVVED UP: Luke Williams powers away to win his first Tasmanian street stock championship in Hobart on Saturday night. Troy Russell finished in second place. Picture: Angryman Photography

The action at Hobart Speedway was fast, intense and action packed as sprintcars and street stocks both held their Tasmanian Championships on Saturday.

The night was marred by several lengthy stoppages to repair the safety catch fence after Bruce Pitt in the sprintcars and Anthony Plumbridge in street stocks both had damaging hits.

Nick Penno dominated the dash to place his car on pole position in the sprintcars with Jason Redpath on the outside of the front row.

The vastly experienced Redpath outdrove Penno high in turn one on the opening lap and led all the way to the chequered flag.

Penno was in hot pursuit when just past halfway of the 35-lap race he spun but managed to kept the car going, however, not before Kurt Luttrell, Callum Zizek, Mark House and Chris Johns drove by in that order.

Penno then brought out the caution with 10 laps remaining as his car came to a halt.

Chris Johns had been masterful with his trademark outside passing moves to propel himself up to second position with Redpath adding another Tasmanian championship to his resume.

The street stock racing started with 30 entries but ended with only a dozen finishers such was the intensity of action.

The racing was again marred with several brutal rollovers including Darrel Jeffrey and Gregory Smith, however, all drivers walked away uninjured.

Luke Williams had a flawless run in the heats to qualify on pole and lead the 30-lap journey to win his first Tasmanian street stock title.

Behind him the racing was intense and a stoppage just over a third of the way into the race saw Troy Russell sent to the rear.

At the restart Matt Hammond and defending champion Matt Templar were trading panels and fighting hard before another caution waved also sent to the rear with Hammond unable to continue.

Behind Williams, Corey Bauld had consolidated second place before he was passed by Russell with a handful of laps to go.

Russell who used every trick in the book to get back towards the front and closed in on Williams with a but he was unable to get by and had to be content with second ahead of Bauld.

Josh Marston won the modified feature in a thrilling battle to beat home Trent Quillerat and Josh Stephens.

The night also raised about $4000 for the Leukemia Foundation.

RESULTS

  • Sprintcars: J.Redpath 1, C.Johns 2, M.House 3,
  • Street stocks: L.Williams 1, T.Russell 2, C.Bauld 3.
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