WARRNAMBOOL, Australia – Jamie Veal’s strong start to the 2015-16 season continued Saturday at Sungold Stadium’s Premier Speedway, when he claimed his fifth victory on the season.
In the Formula 500 division current Australian Champion Dylan Willsher claimed a second Jack Willsher Cup.
Veal had to made to work for his victory, with the racy Sungold Stadium surface providing plenty of passing, with the battle at the front of the field between Veal and Lines being a highlight.
Having shared the front row of the 30 lap feature with Steven Lines, it was Lines who got the jump and led for the first 18 laps despite Veal stalking him all the way.
Further back in the pack David Murcott recovered from earlier contact with James McFadden, to battle with multi-time Australian Champion Brooke Tatnell, who was ominous in his first outing for the 2015-16 season in the Krikke Motorsport Cool.
The McFadden and Murcott contact ultimately contributed to McFadden exploding a left rear tire in turn three on lap nine.
The final 12 laps were all Veal as he sailed away to win from Lines and Tatnell, with Murcott fourth and current Eureka Garages and Sheds Series leader Brett Milburn doing his championship hopes no harm at all with a solid fifth place result.
Corey McCullagh again showed his class with a strong sixth place finish, while rounding out the top ten were Kyle Hirst, Ryan Jones, Ryan Davis and Darren Mollenoyux.
Interestingly Jones, Davis and Mollenoyux were all a lap down to the dominant Veal.
The 20 lap Jack Willsher Cup for the Formula 500’s was a tale of one man’s pain being another man’s gain as Dylan Willsher was able to claim a second successive victory in the race that means more than any other to the Warrnambool native.
Early race leader and recently crowned Victorian Champion James Aranyosi, dominated the early going only to have a chain come loose aboard the V50 entry.
From here it was all Willsher as he led home Patrick Merrett, who never gave up without a fight and Queensland’s Charlie Brown who again impressed at Premier Speedway.