by | Jan 26, 2022 | SSA Super Sedans, TAS

Press Release by Super Sedans Tasmania, Image by Angryman Photography.

Callum Harper has taken out another big pay day by winning the Race for Beech at Cranes Combined Carrick Speedway on Tuesday night.

A new format saw each driver run two heat races before the top ten drivers would tackle the bronze, silver and gold shootouts.

In the opening heat of the night Harper got his evening off to the perfect start by taking out a big four second win over Matt Williams, and Michael Hally.

Heat two was won by New South Welshman Andrew White. White led home Matty Pascoe and Steve Latham.

Latham won a tight battle in heat two, leading home Tyson Moon and Queenslands Brad Pascoe.

Mick Nicola Snr bounced back after his big crash in Hobart to win heat four. Nicola led home Hally and White.

Williams would be the fastest car in the bronze shootout to advance to the silver shootout.

Nicola set the fastest lap to take on Latham, White and Harper in the gold shootout.

Harper would claim pole position, with Latham joining him on the front row after setting the two best times in the gold shootout.

Latham would win the start and set off into the lead.

Harper and White, Nicola and Williams would run side by side in two rows for five laps before Williams squeezed through the middle of Harper and White to move to second.

By this time Latham had gotten away to a straight away lead, a big task for Williams to reel in.

Harper and Nicola continued to race side by side with Nicola briefly getting to third before Harper found momentum on the top side of the track to consolidate third place.

Williams had surged to within just a couple of car lengths of Latham before the yellow flag was out for an ailed Darren Anning on lap eighteen who would retire from the race.

From the restart the first move would come from Nicola in fourth to make the pass on Harper for third on the inside.

They continued to run side by side with Harper able to sneak back ahead. Harper threw a big slide job on Williams to make the pass for second. Nicola went with Harper to get on to the podium.

Harper began the chase, setting out after Latham. Harper would make the move into turn one on lap twenty five, banging wheels in the process. Nicola would be the next to pass Latham to get into second.

You could throw a blanket over the top three at the finish, with Harper narrowly holding on from Nicola and Latham who were all within a second of one another.

Hally got his second fourth placed finish in a row, and Williams would round out the top five.

Harper has now collected in excess of twenty thousand dollars over the past three meetings and he will be hoping to add a third National Title to his resume this Friday and Saturday night in the 50th running of the SSA National Super Sedan Title Gulf Western & Independent Oils Raceway Latrobe.

Race for Beech Official Result

A Main, Thirty laps- 1. T22 Callum Harper, 2. V3 Mick Nicola Snr, 3. T8 Steve Latham, 4. Q98 Michael Hally, 5. Q3 Matt Williams, 6. Q1 Matty Pascoe, 7. N23 Andrew White, 8. T48 Wayne Dillon, 9. T12 Luke Gunn, 10. Q18 Brad Pascoe, DNF T14 Darren Kane (18), N21 Darren Anning (17)

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