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Queensland Champion Matt Pascoe has claimed an emotional victory at the Archerfield Speedway on Saturday Night when he brought home his KRE Race Engine backed Sweet ahead of Australia’s best in the 2nd annual GP53 memorial.
The GP53 is a race held in honour of the late Graham Pascoe (Matt’s father) for Super Sedans at Brisbane’s home of Speedway, with the race once again attracting the biggest names in the category from around the country.
Thirty four SSA Super Sedans filled the pit area ahead of a huge night of racing before a great crowd which witnessed the best that Australia’s most successful purpose built Speedway Sedan racing class can produce.
Kingaroy’s David Musch and Tasmanian Steve Latham shared the front row for the fifty three lap main event as Latham ran wide in the opening corner.
Musch lead the first four circulations before spinning to the interval just as Victorian Ash Bergmier challenged him for the lead handing the front running to the dual state champion Mick Nicola Jr.
The Super Sedans used every inch of the Archerfield Speedway putting on a great display of wheel to wheel racing as Matt Pascoe drove around the outside of Mick Nicola Jr to hit the front on lap ten.
Zac Pascoe in the Ian Boettcher Race Parts Q51 brought about the first stoppage of the race on lap thirteen as Matt Pascoe lead away at the restart from Nicola Jr, Bergmeier and Lachlan Onley from Orange in New South Wales.
National Champion Darren Kane spun to a stop on lap seventeen after running as high as position seven as he restarted from the tail of the field in the A1 Gen5 Dominator.
Kane unfortunately would be caught up in the next incident on the back straight as a number of cars came together at the back of the field ending the race for Darren Kane along with Michael Hally, Barry Craft, Hayden Brims & Gary Pagel.
Pascoe began to open up a lead back to the Victorian trio of Nicola Jr, Bergmeier & Jamie Collins as Trent Wilson tried to work his way forward in the NQ44 Sweet moving into position four on lap twenty.
Tasmanian Champion Callum Harper endured a tough night at the office in his family backed Bandit chassis, with the two time national champion having to use promoter’s provisional to start the main event.
Harper moved from his tenth row starting position to be as high eighth place on lap thirty five before heading infield with a major failure.
Three Time National Champion Matt Pascoe would cross the line 8.5 seconds ahead of the battling packet of Nicola Jr, Bergmeier and Trent Wilson with the V34 of Jamie Collins officially fifth.
Toowoomba’s Sean Black was the last car on the lead lap as he finished sixth from 2011 National Champion Steve Jordan who moved into seventh place by race end.
Super Sedan racing in the Sunshine State now turns its attention to the 2020/2021 SSA Super Sedan Queensland State Title to be held at Australia’s most unique venue the Corbet’s Group Mothar Mountain Speedway in Gympie.
Official Result of the 2nd Annual GP53 for Super Sedans.
A Main, 53 Laps- 1. Q1 Matt Pascoe, 2. V1 Mick Nicola Jr 3. V16 Ash Bergmeier, 4. NQ44 Trent Wilson, 5. V34 Jamie Collins, 6. Q26 Sean Black, 7. Q7 Steve Jordan (52), 8. T8 Steve Latham (52), 9. Q20 Nicholas O’Keefe, 10. Q39 Bob McCosker (51), 11. N47 Tyson Moon, DNF T1 Callum Harper (35), Q4 Leigh Williams (25), Q5 Gary Pagel (17), Q98 Michael Hally (17), N111 Hayden Brims (17), A1 Darren Kane (17), Q47 Barry Craft (17), Q51 Zac Pascoe (13), Q12 David Musch (5)
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