WARRNAMBOOL, Australia – The 2014-15 sprint car season has been an historic one for Jamie Veal and his SWI Engineering team in so many different ways.
Sunday the talented young gun from Warrnambool etched his name into the record books again, not only in securing his 11th feature victory of the season, but also by becoming the first driver in history to break the ten second barrier at Sungold Stadium’s Premier Speedway.
The 9.963 second pass, which was recorded on the second of Veal’s two time trial laps as a part of the top six shootout, secured him a cool $10,000 as donated to the Premier Speedway Club by legendary Speedway personality Ian “Mr. Motors” Grant, as well as catapulting the Eureka Garages and Sheds Series points leader from sixth in points to a pole position start for the 30 lap A-main event.
Following the rain out at Heytesbury Stockfeeds Simpson Speedway on Saturday night, the inaugural Labour Day Clash as a part of round 10 of the Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series became a one night show, with the unseasonal March weather contriving to ensure that Premier Speedway was at it’s fastest before a healthy long weekend audience.
The 30-lap final was always going to an intriguing affair with the track still in lightning quick shape. When the green flag waved Veal got the jump on Brett Milburn with the second row occupants Jamie Hennessy and Daniel Pestka not going to give up without a fight.
After just six laps the red lights came on for John Vogels as he partially inverted the once immaculate V70 entry in turn two, while Pestka’s charge was also over with the heartbreak of another motor issue putting an end to he and the Victory Lane Racegear team’s night.
At the restart Veal opened a tidy little buffer on Milburn in second and Hennessy who was in sight of a career best performance. Tim Van Ginneken aboard the Harry Droste owned V36 machine was also running strongly in fourth while Ian Loudoun was impressive having clawed his way through the field from his position 12 starting spot.
With Adam King the next of the retirees it would be Shaun Dobson who would endure a roll over in turn four to again bring on the red lights. Thankfully as spectacular as it was, the hard charging Tasmanian was able to walk away from the crash.
Again at the restart it was Veal who would try and run and hide as he set sail for victory with Milburn like a dog with a bone as he continued to pursue the race leader in a defiant display.
Just as it appeared the Veal’s victory was in sight, Jack Lee suffered a component failure that speared him at warp speed into the turn four fence, again despite the huge impact Lee was able to walk away from was a significantly damaged car.
From there, with clear track ahead once more, it was all Jamie Veal as the star of the 2014-15 Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series continued his domination of the series this summer.
Veal would again take the win, collecting a neat $5,000 payday along the way, from Milburn who was impressive all night long as was third place getterHennessy who produced a podium finish to round out an excellent night at the wheel of the V21 machine.
Following the top three home were Tim Van Ginneken, Ian Loudoun, Bradley Warren, Darren Mollenoyux, Michael Cunningham, Quentin Tanner, Tim Hutchins, Dennis Jones, David McKay and Kristy Ellis.