After a decade of trying, Tim Reidy finally broke through last weekend, delivering a faultless performance to win the 2017 Australian AMCA Nationals Championship at Kalgoorlie International Speedway in Western Australia.
Having finished runner-up in the past two Australian Championship events at Lismore Speedway (NSW) and Murray Bridge Speedway (SA), the Victorian-based racer was a dominant force from the outset, qualifying pole for the feature race, by virtue of winning each of his three heat races on the opening night of competition and finishing fourth in his remaining heat race on Sunday night.
A stout field of local contenders will attempt to fend off a formidable line-up of interstate invaders when they take to the Kalgoorlie International Speedway track this weekend in search of Australian AMCA Nationals Title gold.
The talented interstate contingent, which includes three state champions, will make the trip west from throughout South Australia, the Northern Territory, Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania in an effort to take top honours, while 17 locals will ensure they are met with a tough defence.
Up against some of the country’s toughest drivers, Jason Molle was rapt to come away with a third-place finish in last Saturday night’s NSW AMCA Nationals Title at Gilgandra Speedway.
The Gold Coast-based racer was in the best possible form in the early stages of the night, winning his opening heat race and setting the fastest lap of the heat races, before finishing third and sixth, placing him out of position six for the 30-lap NSW Title-deciding feature race.
Amongst a stout 30-car plus field, it was Matt Hardy who took out the top honours in last Saturday night’s NSW AMCA Nationals Title at Gilgandra Speedway.
With no shortage of talent in the feature-race field, the current Australian and Queensland Champion made the most of his front row starting position alongside pole-sitter and past NSW Champion Tim Reidy (Vic), keeping within striking distance of the race leader, before being elevated to first place when Reidy suffered suspension damage, ultimately dropping back to seventh place, due to his ailing car.
For Jamie Collins, he has achieved quite a lot over his seven seasons of AMCA Nationals racing, but in last Saturday night’s Victorian Title at Ballarat’s Redline Raceway, he achieved a new career highlight by winning his second Victorian Title crown.
In what was a race of attrition, which saw numerous restarts, it was Jamie Collins who managed to outlast his rivals to take top honours in last Saturday night’s Victorian AMCA Nationals Title at Ballarat’s Redline Raceway.
As the highest point scorer for the night, the Geelong-based racer started the 30-lap feature race from pole position alongside Tony Blanch (NSW). Despite his best efforts, Blanch was unable to make a move on the race leader, with Collins going flag-to-flag in what was a somewhat disjointed race to claim the Victorian Title crown.
Leonie Knight is thoroughly enjoying her first full season racing speedway, after the Brisbane, Queensland-based racer joined the AMCA Nationals class late last season in honour of her late father, Phil Mutton’s legacy.
With five race meetings already under her belt in the 2016-17 season, Knight has proved that she can get amongst her rivals, coming away with a career-best result earlier this month, when she finished just off the podium in fourth in a feature race at her home track: Archerfield Speedway.
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