The latest round of the Aeroflow National Sportsman Championship has been run and won at Queensland’s Benaraby Dragway, with a huge day and night of racing action delivering racers with valuable Eastern Conference points while the Aerolow Wheelstanders entertained alongside them.
In Modified Bike, Dale Marshall triumphed over Steven Day in the final after emerging victorious from earlier battles over Jacob Davis, Bruce Little, Beau Strike and Brandan Lacey, while Day had successfully taken on Chantel Beer, Martin Glusetein and Doug McMillan before enjoying a round four bye. Jeff Griffin was the Top Qualifier.
“It was an awesome event, we have been waiting ages to get to a national event and to run for a Tree,” Marshall said.
“We had an absolute ball, and we got very, very lucky! I was the second slowest qualifier in a bracket of 21 very competitive racers, and then to the last semi-final I ran a 7.73 on a 7.72 dial in and then 7.729 on a 7.2 dial-in on in the final – we were lucky!
“Thank you to my family and the team and the other competitors, they are a great bunch of guys and girls, and we just had a ball.”
In Competition Bike, the Chicago shootout format was utilized, with Samuel Fry taking the final victory over runner-up Mark Harris, following earlier wins over Jon Mengel and Blair Pennington ahead of a round three bye. Harris meanwhile had successfully taken on Dillan Lacey, Mengel and Pennington on his way to the final. The Top Qualifier was Jason Ellem.
In Junior Bike, James Schofield lifted the winner’s trophy after taking the win over Adam Jordan, while Lillian Hagan was the Top Qualifier.
Sportsman competitors looking to secure points in the NDRC title chase will now head to Dragway at The Bend for the brand-new facility’s grand opening Spring Nationals across October 21 and 22, with this event to count towards both the Eastern and Western Conference.