Brenten Farrer celebrates his Allstars win in Victory Lane at MMS (TPS Photo)
Former Allstars Series Champion Brenten Farrer bounced back to win round 3 of the Australian 360ci Sprintcar Allstars Series at the Murray Machining and Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway after destroying a race car at the previous round a week prior. After a long week building a new car Farrer repaid his team’s effort with an outstanding night that included setting the quickest time in qualifying, a heat win and victory in the pole shuffle prior to emerging the winner in a fantastic 30 lap finale.
“This really gets the monkey off my back. Murray Bridge has been a hoodoo track for me in the past, so this feels unreal. I can’t thank my team enough for the work they put in during the week” added Farrer on the podium.
But his victory didn’t come without drama as the left rear tyre in his #34 Maxim was slowly going down and was almost entirely flat by the time the car went over the scales post-race.
Second place in the final went to another former Champion Mark Caruso with Broken Hill resident Brendan Guerin producing a great drive to round out the podium. In fact, the race between Caruso and Guerin for almost the entire journey was outstanding.
After starting on the pole Farrer was quickly rounded up by Californian Cory Eliason who started on the outside of the front row with the American pacing the field and he looked to be the likely winner until the tie rod broke sending the immaculate #00 into the turn one wall.
Therefore, with only six laps remaining Farrer inherited the lead back and it was under this caution that the left rear tyre began to deflate.
Fourth place went to defending Champion Chris Solomon with Paul Solomon, Cody Atkins, Jarman Dalitz, Corey Lincoln, Dan Evans and Phil Lock all recording top 10 results.
Earlier in the night the heats ran without too many issues with Farrer, Caruso, Guerin, Eliason, Dalitz and Lock all wining a preliminary heat while Ben Gartner was victorious in the B-Main.
After finishing the heat races as the top qualifier Farrer defeated Eliason in the pole shuffle decider after Eliason survived a scary moment after the right front wheel came adrift after shearing the hub.
The night also saw big fields in all support categories with the Wingless Sprints, Street Stocks, Junior Sedans and AMCA Nationals on the support program.
The Wingless Sprints ran dual 20 lap features with victories going to rookie Jack McCarthy and Matthew Kennedy, while Nigel Reichstein claimed the Street Stock feature, Nathan Thorne defeated Jake Tranter in the Juniors and Mildura’s Darren McCarthy was an easy winner in the AMCA final.
The next event at the Murray Machining and Sheds Murray Bridge Speedway will be next Saturday night (December 2) with Round 3 of the USC SA incorporating the 2017/18 South Australian Sprintcar Title. Already the nomination list includes an impressive line-up with defending Champion Robbie Farr, James McFadden, Steven Lines, Tim Van Ginneken, Brad Keller, Luke Dillon, Ryan Jones, Lachlan McHugh, Matt Egel and Cory Eliason all confirmed starters.