Image Courtesy of Autobarn Carina International
Gympie’s Daniel Henshaw has claimed a maiden victory in the SSA Production Sedan Queensland State Title on Saturday Night at the Autobarn Carina International Speedway in Bundaberg.
Having previously finished third in the Queensland State Title back in 2015, Henshaw aboard his Holden Commodore took the win in a dramatic forty lap final.
A record field of sixty one cars were in the Autobarn Carina International Speedway pit area for the eleventh running of the event.
Reigning Queensland Champion Joel Berkley & Brisbane’s Darran Lester shared the front row for the main event aboard their Ford Falcons as twenty four cars faced the starter.
Daniel Henshaw made an outstanding start to be challenging Berkley for the race lead after just the opening lap after starting on the outside of the second row.
Henshaw hit the lead on the back straight on lap two as Pagel, Berkley & Lester all battled for the minor placings.
The top three of Henshaw, Pagel & Berkley pulled away from the field in the opening few laps as the defending champion drove around the outside of Pagel and Henshaw to hit the lead on lap eleven.
As the leaders began to enter lap traffic, Henshaw and Pagel continued their assault of the race leader by the mid way part of the race.
Brandon Jarius would spin in turn two on lap twenty five causing the first stoppage of the event.
As the lights went green again Henshaw dived to the inside of Berkley taking the race lead with Pagel following him through into second place.
Darran Lester headed infield on lap twenty seven with a flat right rear tyre after sitting in fourth place for the majority of the race.
The Bundaberg 39 of Moz Woodrow would bring the yellows on again with just five laps to go after loosing his right rear tyre bunching the leaders up for the run to the flag.
Pagel continued to hound the back of Henshaw in the final laps as Berkley fell back to fifth place after Travis Hutchison & Gary Harris Jnr moved past the Cush Clothing’Co Ford Falcon.
Suspension failure to the Holden Commodore of Nathan Barbeler saw another stoppage with just three laps remaining.
The Immortal Roll Cages Holden Commodore of Daniel Henshaw would hold off Chris Pagel to claim his first state title in SSA Production Sedans crossing the line 0.387 of a second ahead of the three time champion.
Travis Hutchison would be third from Gary Harris Jnr & Joel Berkley rounding out the top five.Jesse Martin came from the B Main to be sixth ahead of Richard Cook, Steve Jordan, Ash Graham & Steven Spence the top ten.
Daniel Henshaw now heads into the 2022 SSA National Production Sedan Title at the Kingaroy Speedway at Easter as one of the favourites for the event.
A Main, Forty Laps- 1. G10 Daniel Henshaw, 2. G2 Chris Pagel, 3. M7 Travis Hutchison, 4. BB26 Gary Harris Jnr, 5. Q1 Joel Berkley, 6. BB77 Jesse Martin, 7. GL15 Richard Cook, 8. SC22 Steve Jordan, 9. N53 Ash Graham, 10. G71 Steven Spence, 11. M33 Brandon Jarius, 12. N55 Madison Harkin, 13. BB7 Andrew Beaton, 14. SB68 Norm Townsend (33), DNF C88 Nathan Barbeler (37), RK2 Michael Johnson (37), G6 Rick Hazelgrove (35), BB39 Moz Woodrow (33), BB2 Allan Nash (29), B59 Darran Lester (25), C61 Jim Cowley (24), BB30 Brad Scherer (22), SC23 Adrian Stott (14), SC99 Levi O’Brien (12).