VINE SHINES HOWEVER CLARKE CONQUERS

Eagleby’s Darren Vine rocketed to the top of the timing monitor in the recent Polar Ice Midget Series round 5 which was run in conjunction for the 2018/19 Danny Davidson Memorial race at Archerfield Speedway.

In front of a huge boxing night crowd Vine clocked in with a 14.071 edging out eventual A Main winner Adam Clarke who ran a 14.203.

With QuickTime’s recorded it was the back of the bus in the heats for the dynamic duo of Vine and Clarke although we would see both cars 29 and 6 sit on top of the point’s board after the 4 heat races with points accumulated, Clarke form P1 and Vine scheduled to go from P2.

The “Hunter Valley Hurricane” wasted no time in settling into a groove in the JBR 29 Spike setting a blistering speed of 101.166 kph in the 10 lap duration hitting the front within 3 laps and really cranking the Inglis Chev up however hot in pursuit was the “Beenleigh Bullet” of Charlie Brown and the 3Q of Mitchell Rooke with the field crossing at the flag Clarke the victor.

Riki Harrison ran home in 4th followed by the “Peoples Champ” Braydan Willmington in the 89N, Bradley Harrison seems to have the fuelling issue that plagued his debut this season sorted in the ex-Abreu Bullet TRD running the race at pace in 6th as Nathan Mathers ,Tom Clauss , Glenn Wright and Gavin McDowell rounded out the field.

Heat race two of the night had the 3rd place QuickTime setter of Rusty Whittaker and the other 89 BOSS car of Scott Doyle make it a Neilson Motorsport 1 and 3 at the flag fall with Vine the only car separating the pair in 2nd.

Cal Whatmore JNR set his fastest lap of the heat on the final lap running home in 4th ahead of Gary Hudson, Bodie Smith, Audie Malt and Sydney’s DJ Raw in the 15N.
Brad Dawson tipped the 81Q over on lap 7 much to the delight of the kids in turns one and two with Brad emerging unscathed the Palmer Boys were able to have him return for the next event and Corey Stothard DNF’d on lap 3.

Back with vengeance in the third heat race was “The Bandit” Brad Dawson setting the dirt ablaze with a cracking lap time on the opening stanza of 14.556 at 98.928 kph he hit turn one in the lead and never looked back crossing the run taking the white and black ahead of Glen Wright in the 46Q Aggressor and Darren Vine in 3rd , Charlie Brown ,Braydan Willmington and Bodie Smith rounded out the top 6 from Scott Doyle in 7th, Tom Clauss in 8th Nathan Mathers was next through in 9th and Gavin McDowell rounding out the top 10 finishes , DJ Raw was the only car to drop out on lap 8.

Bradley Harrison went into 3 and didn’t come out of 4 early in the piece while running heat race four leaving Rusty Whitaker little time to arrest the 89Q car which would eventually see both cars on the infield to spectate Adam Clarke lead the field home ahead of Mitchell Rooke, Cal Whatmore JNR, Audie Malt, Gary Hudson the only recorded finishes as Corey Stothard was infield along with Riki Harrison who developed an engine stumble on a restart and the 21 and 89 cars of Harrison and Whittaker as mentioned.

With the heats done and dusted Clarke would edge out fast man Vine for the P1 grid and it was only on start up for the main event that Vine would learn his P2 grid would now be occupied by Wilmington as the 6Q car wouldn’t respond to taking throttle so he headed infield immediately.

Clarke put the hammer down from the get go in the 29 Polar Ice car and checked out however hot in pursuit were the gassers of Brown, Whittaker and Wright who were on charge’s from their allocated starting spots , Brown went top shelf again along with Rusty Whittaker trying to get it to come in for the Midgets and for a time there it looked to be working however as laps ran down it went away faster than it came in and the pair found themselves back amongst the crowd in various battle packs with Glen Wright battling for a podium with Charlie Brown as Brown crossed in 2nd and Wright just off in 4th , Wilmington crossed in 3rd again for the second time in his 2 trips to Archerfield this season.

Whittaker and Rooke battled for track position with Whittaker coming out on top of that one crossing the 20 lapper in 5th bumping Rooke back to 6th Brodie Smith put in another clinic drive in 7th just ahead of the “Nupave Flyer” Riki Harrison in 8th, The Bandit ran in 9th and Cal Whatmore JNR rounded out the top 10, Scotty Doyle may have been seen fist pumping for 11th which may sound funny but the runs those boys have been having just finishing was a small victory hopefully the black cat moved on and more finishes are on the cards , Mathers, Clauss and Bradley Harrison ran 12th 13th and 14th respectively with DJ Raw , Gavin McDowell and Audie Malt rounding out the 17.Corey Stothard was infield with just the 6 laps completed.

Clarke headed to victory lane flanked by Brown and Wilmington not only taking round 5 in the series but the 2018/19 Danny Davidson Memorial as well!

Building great momentum before the team make the mega trek west for the 2018/19 Australian Speedcar Title where Clarkie is no stranger to claiming that event.

Night’s highlights would have to go to Glen Wright in the Nexgen Aggressor of Dylan Byrne after starting out the evening with some small electrical gremlins he came on super strong from the flag fall in the main event and as mentioned only just missing a podium spot on debut for the 46 team, He also took out the Revolution Racegear Sunshine Coast lucky 4th place!

Nathan Mathers, Gavin McDowell and Audie Malt were all running very fast and clean laps the entire night.

Our next event on the calendar is the Stan Burrow Stampede Friday the 4th of January so ensure you are track side race fans because this is going to be huge !!

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