Press Release by Super Sedans Tasmania, Images by Angryman Photography
Queensland’s Matty Pascoe has kicked off the Tassie Tiger Super Sedan Trail by winning the Launceston Mower and Chainsaw Centre Tasmanian Super Sedan Title at Cranes Combined Carrick Speedway!
Battling a strong field, the elements and a challenging race track Pascoe stormed through the field in the feature race to record his first Tasmanian Title victory.
Earlier in the evening drivers contested three heats each.
Victoria’s Mick Nicola took out heat one. Tasmanian’s Adam Beechey and Andy Russell greeted the chequers in heat two and three.
Heat four was won by Steve Latham. Beechey went two for two by winning heat five, and eight time Tasmanian Champion David Nichols won heat six.
Heat seven was won by Tasmanian rookie Luke Gunn.
Heat eight was won by Queensland rookie Brad Pascoe, and Latham took out his second win of the night in heat nine.
By virtue of their two heat wins each, Beechey and Latham would start the forty lap A Main from the front row. Beechey got the jump from pole and led the early exchanges with Latham, Laura Davidson and Gunn separated by just a couple of car lengths.
The leading quartet were into traffic early and it was Davidson that capitalised first moving to second past Latham at the start of lap ten.
By the time they made it back to the stripe Davidson was in the lead.
Davidson had no where to go in turn three and made contact with a lapped car which sent her head first into the wall and out of the race.
Latham was also out, Nichols and Callum Harper suffered some cosmetic damage when the defending champion ended up on Nichols’ bonnet when trying to take evasive action.
Beechey resumed in the lead with Gunn, Nichols, Harper and Zac Pascoe hot on his tail. Matty passed Zac on the restart to move to into the top five.
Gunn in his first season of Super Sedan racing really took the race to Beechey, applying immense pressure.
The pressure paid dividends on lap eighteen when he took made the pass on Beechey and immediately got away to a small lead.
Harper and Pascoe moved by Nichols on the same turn in what was an amazing three wide spectacle out of turn two.
Pascoe made the pass on Harper in traffic getting on the podium right before the yellows were out on lap twenty four.Into lap traffic again the leaders again came unstuck when Beechey was borked by a lap car and was sent spinning to the infield.
From the restart Beechey clouted the wall and punctured his right rear ending his race.
From the restart the top three set a frenetic pace, gapping the rest of the field in a matter of laps.
Gunn was under all sorts of pressure from Pascoe and Harper. He would succumb to that pressure first on lap thirty five when Pascoe made the pass for the lead and then again on lap thirty six when Harper made the pass for second.
Pascoe and Harper would duke it for the last couple of laps, with Pascoe coming out on top to earn his first Tasmanian Title.
Harper would cross the line in second, ahead of Gunn in third. Brad Pascoe got the best of Nichols in the closing stages to finish fourth, with the Tasmanian veteran rounding out the top five.
Our next event will be the Grand Prix this Friday and Saturday night!
A Main, 40 Laps- 1. Q1 Matty Pascoe, 2. T1 Callum Harper, 3. T12 Luke Gunn, 4. Q18 Brad Pascoe, 5. T3 David Nichols, 6. T29 Tim Johnson, 7. Q28 Zac Pascoe (39), 8. V3 Mick Nicola (39), 9. T7 Nathan Howells (39), 10. N47 Daryl Moon (39), 11. T47 Lucas Dillon (39), 12. T28 Andy Russell (39), 13. T71 Robbie Bird (38), 14. T18 Dwaine Sonners (37), DNF Q3 Matt Williams (26), T14 Adam Beechey (24), T48 Wayne Dillon (17), T61 Laura Davidson (10), T8 Steve Latham (10), T49 Aaron Dillon (6), T38 Jayden Triffett (4)
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