Ramsdale Perfect On Night One

by | Jun 29, 2018 | Latest News, Results

Author : Jason Crowe – SSA Media

Victorian Jack Ramsdale has gone through the opening night of the Speedway Sedans Australia, Shannons, National Junior Sedan Title, at the 7mate Northline Speedway in Darwin.

The racing was absolutely exceptional, with four and five wide racing the norm across all eighteen qualifying heats, with only three drivers failing to complete the opening night of racing.

The night started with a brilliant race between Mitch Glynn and Jackson Derrick, with Derrick, who started from position five getting the upper hand in the concluding stages, with South Australian Brad Gartner third.

Heat two would see Katelyn Storey feel the wrath of the Officials after contact with Jack Dalton on lap one. Story would be sent to the rear of the field, while Luke Malcolm and Ryan Harris would also have a coming together on the back straight in an exciting finish. Malcolm was unable to continue, with Casey OConnell going on to win, defeating Jack Dalton and Ricky Cornwall.

Blake Iwanow was simply brilliant in heat three, coming from position ten to win by a narrow margin over Mason Cameron and Jorj Park.

Heat four provided a thrilling finish with Ardie Jonic, Heath Thorne and Jack Ramsdale entering the main straight for the chequered flag, three wide. Ramsdale swept around the outside to take a thrilling win, defeating Thorne and Jonic, with the trio separated by 0.722.

Ellie Peacock and Dylan Keen were involved in a great battle in heat five, with the pair swapping the lead numerous times before Peacock got the upper hand on the final lap to win by a car length, with Tyler Fraser third.

Nathan Thorne started from position five, but found himself in front on lap four, in another highly competitive heat. Thorne initially had a good battle with Dylan Keen and then with Keen and the fast finishing Eric Wallace who started at the back of the field.

Rory Elsum-Beaumont led the first half of heat seven, but was the deemed to be the cause of a mid race incident, which saw the West Australian sent to the rear of the field. In a three way battle for the lead, Todd Moule, Tyler Fraser and Jack Dalton provided a great race, with Moule winning by a car length.

Heat eight had five drivers fighting for second place in a brilliant spectacle. Casey OConnell, Blake Iwanow, Nathan Thorne, Heath Thorne and Michael Larsen, continually swapped positions for the minor placings with just 1.207 separating the five. Jack Ramsdale meanwhile, was 3.737 ahead of the field in a dominant performance, which saw the Victorian win his second race.

Todd Atkins proved too good in heat nine and was over the moon with excitement with the win, after mechanical dramas had plagued the former National Champion earlier in the night. Dylan Keen and Blake Webb literally crossed the line together for the minor placings, but Atkins finished 2.629 seconds ahead of the pair of them.

Ellie Peacock drove a great race in heat ten, and looked destined to win, but the Queenslander hit a bump in turn two, turning the lady racer sideways, which was all the Ardie Jonic and Luke Malcolm needed to pass Peacock, who held both drivers off for all of the race.

In another close finish, Ben Micallef would just hold off Jackson Derrick in heat eleven, with the pair going toe to toe throughout, after both started on the front row. Blake Fletcher from Western Australia, who started from position seven would finish third.

Erik Wallace took the lead early in heat twelve and was never headed, with the battle for second place where all eyes were cast. Braith Hogan, Jorj Park and Karl White had an excellent battle, with Hogan just finishing ahead of Park to fill the minor placings.

Another outstanding race developed in heat thirteen, with six drivers fighting to the lead. Ultimately it would be Nicholas Keeley who would prevail, with Todd Moule and Todd Atkins finishing within a car length separating all of them as they crossed the line.

Jack Ramsdale made it a clean sweep, when he won heat fourteen comfortably after starting from position six. Ramsdale found himself infront after the opening lap and was never headed, in one of the bigger winning margins on the night. Mitch Glynn would be a distant second, while Blake Fletcher was even further back in third.

Despite an excellent battle for the minor placings, Heath Thorne drove away from the field to win by 3.426 seconds in heat fifteen. Erik Wallace, Ricky Cornwall and Ryan Harris were all engaged in a good battle for the second place with Wallace and Harris filling the minor placings.

Jade Moule had to survive a late stoppage and a two lap restart in defeating Ardie Jonic and Jack Dalton in heat sixteen, with just 0.590 separating the three drivers. Moule was ecstatic with the win.

Luke Malcolm would enjoy a comfortable win in heat seventeen, after taking the lead on the opening lap. Michael Larsen, Tyler Fraser and Jorj Park fought out the minor placings, with less than a second separating the trio at the end of the race.

Blake Iwanow looked destined for a comfortable win in heat eighteen, but Casey OConnell stormed home, diving under Iwanow on the final turn, to turn it into a thrilling finish, with Iwanow holding on to win narrowly. Mason Cameron finished third.

Ramsdale has put himself in an excellent position going into the second night, starting from position four in his final qualifying heat. Ramsdale can afford to finish third and still start on the front row on the National final, while a second or first placing in the nineteen will guarantee the Victorian position one.

Six qualifying heats will be held on night two, before the three finals.

Overall Points After Night One
1. V41 Jack Ramsdale 108
2. W24 Blake Iwanow 95
3. Q48 Casey O�Connell 92
4. Q43 Erik Wallace 92
5. Q52 Ardie Jonic 87
6. V56 Todd Moule 81
7. S0 Heath Thorne 77
8. W47 Jackson Derrick 77
9. Q74 Ellie-Maree Peacock 76
10. W25 Tyler Fraser 74
11. W21 Jack Dalton 74
12. V81 Mitch Glynn 73
13. V31 Todd Atkins 69
14. W29 Luke Malcolm 68
15. Q72 Braith Hogan 68
16. S78 Nathan Thorne 66
17. V53 Ben Micallef 66
18. Q23 Dylan Keen 66
19. W13 Blake Fletcher 63
20. W77 Jorj Park 63
21. Q51 Nikolas Keeley 59
22. Q22 Mason Cameron 59
23. V16 Jade Moule 59
24. Q82 Michael Larsen 55
25. N68 Ryan Harris 53
26. V15 Ricky Cornwall 53
27. S19 Brad Gartner 50
28. W108 Blake Webb 48
29. NT42 Karl White 36
30. NT46 Nicholas Dennis 35
31. Q11 Kurtis Peall 33
32. V7 Darcy Micallef 33
33. Q49 Katelyn Storey 31
34. W75 Zac Minshull 31
35. NT65 Isaiah Strong 31
36. NT88 Lance Carew 30
37. V76 Jye Irving 29
38. NT27 Aleisha Grimshaw 27
39. S45 Aaron Tranter 27
40. W26 Rory Elsum-Beaumont 26
41. W58 Jasmine Arnold 26
42. S4 Thomas Richter 26
43. W3 Bronty Fraser 24
44. NT8 Shane Greening 20
45. NT28 Lachlan Spilsbury 20
46. W55 Riley Dunne 19
47. NT14 Michael Jones 19
48. S36 Blake Laan 19
49. NT99 Zac Grimshaw 18
50. S67 Damon Laan 17
51. NT5 Zac Uniacke 17
52. NT18 Lang Hayes 17
53. NT17 Jack Yates 16
54. V57 Zoe Young 16
55. NT9 Liam Gotts 14
56. NT2 Xavier Gotts 14
57. NT66 Brodee Everett 13
58. S6 Corey Richter 13
59. V62 Kasey Garlick 12
60. W343 Tanika Webb 8