Berkley Wins Memorial Event

by | Oct 23, 2018 | Latest News

Author : Jason Crowe – SSA Media

Joel Berkley has won one of the biggest events of his racing career, after winning the Dean Fraser Memorial for Production Sedans on Saturday night at Hi-Tec Oils Toowooba Speedway.

Josh Crang and Thomas Fuller would start on the front row of the grid for the twenty five lap, main event, while Berkley and Brody Fraser, whos father the race is named after, would start on row two.

Crang would lead early and Fraser made an excellent start to move immediately into second place, while Fuller dropped to fifth, as Josh Arthur also made a good start, moving to third.

Berkley would soon after make his move on lap seven, passing Arthur, Fraser and Crang in a matter of two laps to take the lead.
Berkley started to open a small lead, as Crang, Fuller and Fraser had a great battle for the minor placings, swapping positions multiple times throughout the mid part of the race.

The further the race went, the further Berkley opened his lead, extending it to a third of a lap at race end, with Arthur getting the better of Fuller in the closing stages. Fraser finished close behind Fuller and just ahead of Steve Jordan who rounded out the top five.

Earlier, Josh Crang won both of his qualifying heats, while Jordan, Fraser, Fuller and Berkley would win the other preliminaries. Dayne Francis won an entertaining B Main.

:: Production Sedans, Dean Fraser Memorial

Heat 1, 8 Laps: 1. Q8 Josh Crang, 2. Q17 Neil Keldoulis, 3. Q15 Josh Arthur, 4. Q23 Adrian Stott, 5. Q08 Alex Sweeney, 6. Q71 Mark Quinn, 7. Q97 Rory Evans, 8. Q63 Kyle Rolands, 9. Q54 Jack Graham (7 laps). Time: 2.22.273, Winning Margin: 0.411, Fastest Lap: 17.138 Q8 Josh Crang

Heat 2, 8 Laps: 1. N1 Steve Jordan, 2. Q57 Thomas Fuller, 3. Q15 Richard Cook, 4. Q48 Brett Barron, 5. Q38 Maddi McGee, 6. Q61 Brendan Cowley, 7. Q31 Will Roeser. Time: No Time, Winning Margin: 3.698, Fastest Lap: 17.371 N1 Steve Jordan

Heat 3, 8 Laps: 1. Q32 Brody Fraser, 2. Q9 Joel Berkley, 3. Q116 Aaron Sander, 4. Q3 Daniel Bridge, 5. Q9 Ash McKellar, 6. Q5 Dayne Francis, 7. Q53 Ashley Graham (7 laps), 8. Q96 Amy Evans (3). Time: 2.24.345, Winning Margin: 0.922, Fastest Lap: 17.610 Q9 Joel Berkley

Heat 4, 8 Laps: 1. Q57 Thomas Fuller, 2. Q97 Rory Evans, 3. N1 Steve Jordan, 4. Q61 Brendan Cowley, 5. Q116 Aaron Sander, 6. Q31 Will Roeser, 7. Q63 Kyle Rolands (7 laps), 8. Q5 Dayne Francis (6), 9. Q15 Richard Cook (1). Time: 2.21.041, Winning Margin: 0.711, Fastest Lap: 17.170 Q57 Thomas Fuller

Heat 5, 8 Laps: 1. Q8 Josh Crang, 2. Q96 Amy Evans, 3. Q9 Ash McKellar, 4. Q48 Brett Barron, 5. Q38 Maddi McGee, 6. Q53 Ashley Graham, 7. Q3 Daniel Bridge. Time: 2.21.570, Winning Margin: 3.218, Fastest Lap: 17.498 Q8 Josh Crang

Heat 6, 8 Laps: 1. Q9 Joel Berkley, 2. Q32 Brody Fraser, 3. Q15 Josh Arthur, 4. Q23 Adrian Stott, 5. Q17 Neil Keldoulis, 6. Q08 Alex Sweeney, 7. Q71 Mark Quirk, 8. Q54 Jack Graham (3 laps). Time: No Time, Winning Margins: 1.460, Fastest Lap: 17.437 Q9 Joel Berkley

B Main, 10 Laps: 1. Q5 Dayne Francis, 2. Q63 Kyle Rolands, 3. Q71 Mark Quirk, 4. Q08 Alex Sweeney, 5. Q3 Daniel Bridge, 6. Q31 Will Roeser (6 laps), 7. Q54 Jack Graham (7), 8. Q53 Ashley Graham (4). Time: No Time, Winning Margin: 0.713, Fastest Lap: 17.859 Q3 Daniel Bridge.

Feature Race, 25 Laps: 1. Q9 Joel Berkley, 2. Q15 Josh Arthur, 3. Q57 Thomas Fuller, 4. Q32 Brody Fraser, 5. N1 Steve Jordan, 6. Q61 Brendan Cowley, 7. Q97 Rory Evans, 8. GL15 Richard Cook (24 laps), 9. Q8 Josh Crang (24), 10. Q48 Brett Barron (24), 11. Q5 Dayne Francis (24), 12. Q38 Maddi McGee (24), 13. Q63 Kyle Rolands (24), 14. Q71 Mark Quirk (24), 15. Q17 Neil Keldoulis (21), 16. Q08 Alex Sweeney (21), 17. Q96 Amy Evans (7), 18. Q9 Ash McKellar (6), 19. Q23 Adrian Stott (4), 20. Q116 Aaron Sander (4). Time: No Time, Winning Margin: 6.061, Fastest Lap: 17.262 Q9 Joel Berkley.

Photo courtesy of 44 Photography
Photo of Joel Berkley in action on Saturday night.