WARRNAMBOOL, Australia — The dominance of Jamie Veal over all comers so far in the summer of 2015-16 was again on display during the inaugural Max’s Race Saturday at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway.
The event would also double as Round 6 of the Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series and round three of the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship Victoria.
Prior to the A-Main, Max Dumesny was afforded the opportunity of pacing the field prior to the drop of the green flag.
Once the festivities were complete, it was Brett Milburn and Jamie Veal who shared the front row, with Daniel Pestka and Darren Mollenoyux filling positions three and four respective on the grid.
At the drop of the green it was Milburn who took the fight to the highly fancied Veal as the opening laps were locked away.
With five laps in the books, Milburn led from Veal, Mollenoyux, Pestka and McFadden.
They were followed by an intriguing battle between Steven Lines, John Vogels and Kyle Hirst.
On lap six of 35, it was Veal who would restore order at the top of the tree as he methodically made his way to the race lead as lap traffic began to play a part.
With Veal, seemingly able to use the whole race track as he began to encounter lap traffic on lap number 10, Lines had been able to get by McFadden in the battle for fourth and fifth, with Mollenoyux still holding sway over Milburn in the battle for second.
Further back in the pack the V37 of Grant Anderson was beginning to pick off positions almost at will and by lap 15 the top five now saw Veal leading from Mollenoyux as the likes of Milburn, McFadden and Lines all traded places.
It was at this point that Veal looked the goods, although by the time Tim Rankin made a spectacular exit from the feature event, courtesy of a rear end explosion as he tagged the wall on the exit of turn two, McFadden and Lines certainly gave themselves the best possible opportunity to end the run of Veal.
With eight laps left to run, the top five at the restart was Veal, McFadden, Lines, Mollenoyux and Kyle Hirst who had also made a late race charge.
However, at the drop of the green Veal was on his bike and out of there, leaving McFadden and Lines to seemingly squabble over second, however as Veal entered lap traffic his lead evaporated and McFadden was again a real chance of taking a coveted win the inaugural Max’s Race.
McFadden continued to stalk his prey but Veal was able to hang on and take the win, collecting a cool $5,000 along the way. McFadden was forced to settle for second while Lines’ good recent form continued with another podium finish.
Following the top three home were Kyle Hirst who started 11th and Grant Anderson (started 13) rounding out the top five.