Smith Claims VMPA Round at Moama

by | Feb 23, 2020 | SSA Modified Sedans, VIC

Article Courtesy of the VMPA

With much hype surrounding the two car battle for the season standings, Kye Walters would line up outside pole, with current leader, Brock Atkins in 4 behind him in Heat 1A.

Walters would lead early, and in a huge shake up, Atkins would retire infield with power plant problems plauging the P4. Walters would go on to win from Russell Felsovary and Brody Chrystie.

Heat 1B was a cool showing for the Holden fans of Australia, as Graham West seemingly dominated to take the win in the LJ Torana. Proving there is speed in the faithful old girl yet.

Andrew Blackwell ticked all the boxes in heat 2A, stampeding the N7 home in front of a fast finishing Todd Atkins.

Heat 2B was all Mildura, as David Smith looked in good stead to back up his third Di Watson Memorial and Series round six victory. He led the heat from lap one, and didnt look backward.

In a chaotic round 2 of the heats, Brad Wicks and Brock Atkins would both suffer night ending engine dramas.

Rachel Pratt and Kye Walters both inherited a kiss from the concrete which put significant damage in the front right hand corners of their cars. Both of which would be repaired for heat 3.

After a heat 1 incident, Jeff Leahy hung up the helmet early also, parking the AV11 on the trailer with terminal damage.

Heat 3A it would be rookie Todd Atkins doing it for the team, steering the Adam Hold Industries HA36 to a well deserved heat win.

Heat 3B Kye Walters would find the points he had been searching for desperately, while other series contender Brock Atkins watched on from the sideline. Walters would win heat 3B convincingly.

A 13 car field is all that would greet the green flag for the Di Watson Memorial A Main after a hooked up track had taken it’s toll.

This however didnt dampen the racing quality as Todd Atkins stormed around the top to find himself in second by the first restart.

David Smith would lead early, while Atkins, Brody Chrystie and Nick Cockerill would dice it out for position two.

Running into the final few restarts of a caution filled feature, Brody Christie would lose power and fall back before eventually retiring infield.

Todd Atkins would unfortunately suffer much the same, as the HA36 struggled to run, pulling him from his second place push for the lead.

Atkins would fall to the rear, before driving back up to position six at one stage.

David Smith opened up a huge margin back to new second place holder, Wade McCarthy who had muscled past Nick Cockerill in the closing stages of the tiresome A Main.

Positions would stay much the same coming to the line in the shortened 20 lap feature.

David Smith would make it three in a row for Di Watson Memorials and an hour he was proud to take home for the Mildura 19 team.

Second place would be Wade Mccarthy in an all-Mildura top two. Third would be Nick Cockerill who left no question unanswered.

While Kye Walters made the most of the injury plagued field to finish a strong fourth place feeling the points battle leaning further his way.

Russel Felsovary and Graham West would dogfight for positions five and six while Todd Atkins would be the last car to finish in seventh.

A Main DNF list would be Brody Chrystie, Jay Nicholaisen, Rachel Pratt, Jonathan Knight, Harley Nicholaisen, Toby Carmichael and Daniel Simpson.

All while series contenders Brock Atkins (1st), Andrew Blackwell (3rd) and Brad Wicks (4th) would all not start the scheduled 30 lap A Main.

The Seventh and final round of the VMPA Tritech Lubricants Series will be on April 18 at Redline Raceway Ballarat.


Article Courtesy of Liam Aunger Media