Sunshine Coaster Rusty Whittaker stormed to a round win in the recent American Tire and Racing Services Archerfield Midget Series in the Steelmart Sunny Coast/RAW Metal Corp BOSS Esslinger 89Q
Whittaker clocked the nights GSA Fastman in the hot lap session with a 14.702 just ahead of what would be actual feature race top three in order and that was Brock Dean and Darren Vine (Dean 14.913 and Vine 14.950).
Scotty Doyle’s night came to a fiery end in the hot lap stint with his 80Q Ti Bolts and Race Parts Esslinger bursting into flames coming off turn 4 he had just clocked a 16.552 before coming to a halt and ejecting from the flames leaving the crash crew to extinguish the heat and the night the Doyle’s.
A fuel line fitting found to be the culprit and the boys will set about returning for the next round.
The Smith Brothers Racing Pilot Bodie Smith took line honours in the first 10 lapper heat of the night in their ED Pink Spike 77Q after a “ding dong” battle with firstly the Troy Ware Constructions Mopar Bullet by Spike of Troy Ware and Brock Deans DTR King Hawk , Ware and Dean swapped placings at the final flag ahead of the 46Q Aggressor of Chris Singleton in fourth, Audie Malt’s Spike Gaerte crossed in fifth from Mitchel Rooke in the 34Q, Matt O’Neil in seventh as Graeme Flynn in the 82Q King Gaerte rounded out the field.
The Rusty Whittaker and Darren Vine battle went into over drive in the night’s second heat race after Whittaker with the 89Q lead a majority of the distance Viney had the 6Q King SR11 full steam and on a charge it was with 4 laps down when Barry Gibbes in his 66Q Spike Gaerte departed for the night upending in turn one which closed the gap Whittaker had on the field, on the restart Vine kept the pressure on railing the MVT/Craig Thompson Machining King around the outside of Whittaker off turn four taking the lead and it wasn’t until the last two turns where Whittaker ducked 89 BOSS up the inside of Vine for the lead to the flag in front of Vine, Nathan Mathers 18Q Breka Esslinger, Glenn Wrights 41W was next over the line in fourth from The GSA Bandit, Tom Clauss in the 45Q Eagle and Gavin McDowell in seventh.
Troy Ware was on an absolute flyer in the third heat of the night smacking out a 106.163 kph best speed as he took the field to the chequered head of another strong run from the pairing of Dean and Smith, Matt O’Neil put in another solid session of laps with a fourth in the 16Q Breka Porsche from Audie Malt and Tom Clauss, DNF’s were recorded for the 82Q of Graeme Flynn and after leading for the opening lap Chris Singleton retired with a very ill sounding Eagle 46Q.
The APC/DRE Breka Esslinger of Glenn Wright took out the fourth and final heat on the programme for the Midgets leading home Vine and Whittaker from Nathan Mathers, Brad Dawson and Gavin McDowell as Cal Whatmore JNR recorded a second DNF of the night at this stage.
The feature main event was on for young and old at the drop of the green as Whittaker and Ware filled the front row it was only with a minor over cook off turn four from Ware that gave the hard charging field a chance to swoop spots and swoop they did shuffling the 71 race back to fourth, with five on the board the 16Q O’Neil car looped in turn four as Bodie Smith and Ware arrived on scene with nowhere to go the pair collided as a luckless Chris Singleton banged the fence and upending the 46Q Nexgen Hire car in the same spot.
O’Neil and Smith were refired as the Ware and Singleton cars headed infield, Smith would join the pairing with what appeared to be front end damage, Graeme Flynn also parked the 82Q infield with a deflated rear tyre as we now had the 3Q Whatmore JNR and 45Q Claus cars also on the grass.
After a few yellow flags came out before the end the restarts proved to be a very strong point for the 89Q Whittaker car and with car speed to match he continued to set sail as Vine was now barking on the back of the 99 machine the nights top three in the time trials would cross in this order at the black and white Mitchell Rooke ran home in fourth ahead of a super steer from Audie Malt and car 5 ran fifth , Matt O’Neil in 6th and the Bandit Brad Dawson in the ATRS Lucky 7th (Running American Racers all round he picks up the $100 voucher !) Glenn Wright banked eighth place points from Nathan Mathers and Gavin McDowell made the cash cut in tenth.
As mentioned Brad “The Bandit” Dawson took out the American Tire and Racing Services Lucky 7th place voucher with racers on all four corners and the extremely unlucky Cal Whatmore JNR who struggled to run more than 3 laps due to a mechanical gremlin picked up the Bob Baker Challenge $500 cash !
Notable mentions for Audie Malt running some consecutively fast laps and to a 5th place in the main event as well as Gavin McDowell recording a top ten finish and Mitchell Rooke who’s always looming near the pointy end !
Our next ATRS Midget Series round will be this month on the 16th so lock in the date and catch you trackside !
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