SMEE CLAIMS NSW TITLE, BUT HARDERS MAINTAINS FIVE CROWN LEAD!

Sydney’s Nathan Smee claimed his second NSW Speedcar Championship and round three of the national Five Crown Speedcar Series at Valvoline Raceway last night; taking the win from young guns Michael Stewart of the ACT and NSW’s Matt Jackson. This puts points on the Five Crown Series leaderboard for the hard charging NSW trio, but it’s QLD’s Michael Harders who to continues to lead after three rounds!

Smee’s NSW Title efforts sees him slip into 6th position on the Five Crown leader board, Stewart into 7th and Jackson to 8th. To stay in the running for the bonus $10,000 series payout, the trio need to progress into the top five placings, currently held by Michael Harders (QLD), Paul Murphy (NSW), Anthony Chaffey (QLD), Braydan Wilmington (NSW) and Domain Ramsay (VIC).

Series leader Michael Harders qualified 9th for the 30 lap A-Main and drove the Auto Upgrade Speedsport Racing Q14 home in 15th place; adding to his healthy leadership after the three rounds on 354 points.

NSW’s Paul Murphy also retains second place on the Five Crown leaderboard on 330 points. While an electrical issue in his South Australian Hardwyer Motorsport ride saw him miss his opening heat, putting him out of position 21 for the A-Main; Murphy clawed his way forward to finish 13th in The Speedway Shop SA6 at the drop of the chequers.

Queensland’s Anthony Chaffey also gained some much needed points back on Murphy, bringing the gap between second and third place in the series to only 22 points! After successfully qualifying from 6th place for the feature, Chaffey was forced to retire from the race with an issue in the Victorian Jaxxon Wrapz VIC6 machine, but was allocated 20th place as at his drop-out position.

The Five Crown Series moves onto South Australia next Saturday March 19th, for the 66th running of the SA Speedcar Championship, at Westline Speedway Whyalla. Competitors can claim a huge $2,500 for the win, plus tow money and more. Nomination details are available at SASpeedcars.com. The final round will be hosted by Western Australia’s Quit Bunbury Speedway on April 16th.

FIVE CROWN SERIES POINTS – AFTER THREE ROUNDS:

1. Michael Harders, QLD – 354 points
2. Paul Murphy, NSW – 330
3. Anthony Chaffey, QLD – 308
4. Braydan Wilmington, NSW – 231
5. Domain Ramsay, VIC – 142
6. Nathan Smee, NSW – 140
7. Michael Stewart, NSW – 135
8. Matt Jackson, NSW – 132
9. Scott Wilson, QLD – 130
10. Stewart Grant-Campbell, VIC – 126
11. Troy Jenkins, NSw – 126
12. Jaimie Mckinlay, NSW – 125
13. Ben Hall, SA – 124
14. Matt Smith, NSW – 123
15. Troy Ware, QLD – 122
16. Rusty Whittaker, QLD – 120
17. Paul Farrell, VIC – 120
18. Grant Draney, QLD – 118
19. Ken Stanaway, QLD – 117
20. Matt Hefford, QLD – 117
21. Trevor Malouf, NSW – 115
22. Reid Mackay, QLD – 115
23. Darren Vine, QLD – 114
24. Gavin Wesble, QLD – 114
25. Justin McMinn, VIC – 112
26. Ashley Booker, VIC – 112
27. Brett Thomas, QLD – 111
28. Nathan Squiers, SA – 110
29. Gary Rooke, NSW – 110
30. Stuart Ferguson, VIC – 109
31. Matt Papa, VIC – 107
32. Cameron Restall, NSW – 107
33. Brad Young, QLD – 106
34. Bob Jackson, NSW – 105
35. Nick Parker, VIC – 103
36. Rodney Harders, QLD – 102
37. Darren Jenkins, NSW – 102
38. Ian Jones, VIC – 101
39. Dean Meadows, NSW – 101
40. Courtney O’Heir, NSW – 98
41. Don Mackay, NSW – 96
42. Andy Pearce, VIC – 94
43. Jeremy Evans, NSW – 93
44. Jordan Mackay, NSW – 91
45. Jack Day, VIC – 90
46. Jack Black, NSW – 89
47. Kaitlyn Anthony, NSW – 83
48. Michael Paice, NSW – 82
49. Aiden Corish, NSW – 79
50. Lance Towns, QLD – 33
51. Jessica Moulden, VIC – 31
52. Craig Smith, VIC – 21
53. Corey Stotart, QLD – 10
54. Mathew Hunter, NSW – 10

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