FORMER Tasmanian speedway champion Tim Hutchins was the top qualifier after the second night of the Tasmanian v USA Sprintcar Shootout at Carrick last night after a consistent run through the heats, starting on pole position for the 30-lap final.
Hutchins won Friday night’s 20-lap final, with carried over points to last night’s racing. He also scored another heat win last night.
Victorian Tony Moule also drove consistently last night to join Hutchins on the front row, with Launceston’s Jamie Bricknell and Smithton’s Mark House starting on the second row.
American ace Paul McMahan suffered a puncture in his first heat after failing to start in Friday night’s final, despite qualifying on pole position when engine dramas robbed him of some valuable points. Last night’s issues added to his dramas and saw him starting from grid 13 in the final.
Hobart teenager Shaun Dobson also had a drama-packed weekend after crashing in Friday night’s final and failing to finish, also crashing in his first heat last night, before winning his second and starting from grid 11 in the final.
On the same program last night, Hobart’s Andy Russell claimed back-to-back state titles with a hard-fought victory in the Tasmanian Modified Production Sedan Championship.
Qualifying on outside pole position for the 30-lap final, Russell took the early lead from pole qualified Brett Tatnell, of Launceston, with former multiple state champion Craig Willliams, teenager Jake Taurian and Trent Warren battling over the minor placings in a thrilling race.
Williams soon found a way past Tatnell and nine laps into the race challenged Russell for the lead with contact between the two sending Russell back to fifth as he slowed momentarily.
Tatnell, now second, took the lead from Williams 10 laps later with Russell storming around the outside to jump from fifth to second on the next lap in a brave move.
Russell hit the lead on lap 20, only to see Tatnell snatch it back on the next lap in an exciting battle, before Russell again prevailed with five to go.
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