Matt Egel scored victory in the final round of the Shadetec Ultimate Sprintcar Championship SA last Saturday night at Murray Machining & Sheds Speedway Murray Bridge but it wasn’t enough to ‘bridge’ the gap to points leader and back-to-back champion Robbie Farr.
Egel’s victory in the dramatic final A-Main of the season brought him to within 42 points of the Gold Coast based Sydneysider but Farr’s consistency in finishing second in the same race denied the young South Aussie a legitimate shot at stealing the title.
Egel brought the Downing Brothers Mainline Dynolog Dynamometers #97 home in first place ahead of Farr in second and Luke Dillon third. The top three podium was indeed fitting considering that Egel, Farr and Dillon were also the top three in the final Shadetec USC SA final points.
Lisa Walker narrowly missed out on her first USC podium appearance with a strong fourth after starting on the front row with fellow South Aussie Brad Keller. Keller was desperately unlucky after being arguably the fastest car all night.
He set quick time, look rapid in his heats and won the Pole Shuffle before firing off to an early lead and establishing a speedy advantage before a lapped car spun in front of him closing off any emergency exits.
The unfortunate impact saw Keller’s immaculate #19 Shadetec / Bunyip Print entry taken out with damage. Luke Dillon started from the fourth row of the A-Main because of an earlier disqualification in the Pole Shuffle when he ‘broke the belts’ to argue a decision in front of the flag-stand with race officials.
He hustled back to the last step of the podium by the fall of the chequer in a race what was delayed when SA teenager Ben Morris and hard charger Chad Ely crashed and damaged a section of the turn one safety fence.
For Farr it was a satisfying back to back victory in USC SA with the ECP Racing Team but the focus is immediately switched to the remaining USC NSW and QLD titles respectively where he is in a dogfight with at least two different rivals for the points lead. Despite both of them having a disappointing final round of the series the battle between Daniel Pestka and Ryan Jones for fourth came down the wire with Pestka edging out of their deadlock to claim fourth by a mere two points.
Another of the hard luck stories for the night was third generation racer Marcus Dumesny. Dumesny was charging forward in the Wayne Rowett owned #40 Synpower Maxim and ripped his way into the top three before getting sideways in turn three and four and rolling spectacularly out of the event.
The April 6 event brought the curtain down on another successful running of the Ultimate Sprintcar Championship SA at Murray Machining & Sheds Speedway Murray Bridge.
In all 54 different drivers registered points for the USC SA points this season.
Top Ten in the USC A-Main:
1. Matt Egel 2. Robbie Farr 3. Luke Dillon 4. Lisa Walker 5. Brock Hallett 6. Craig Vanderstelt 7. Keke Falland 8. Steven Caruso 9. Daniel Peskta 10. Ryan Jones The final Shadetec USC SA Points for the 2018/2019 season are: Robbie Farr 1184 Matt Egel 1142 Luke Dillon 1108 Daniel Pestka 1058 Ryan Jones 1056 Steven Caruso 1036 Lisa Walker 1008 Brad Keller 944 Hayden Pitt 898 Brett Sullivan 878 Keke Falland 860 Lachlan McDonough 740 Brendan Quinn 666 Ben Morris 658 Jessie Attard 628 Adrian Cottrell 622 Aidan Hall 612 Marcus Dumesny 610 Tregan Gates 564 Nick Rachwal 522 Brock Hallett 492 Brendan Guerin 436 Joel Heinrich 416 Steven Lines 402 Craig Vanderstelt 392 James McFadden 392 Chace Karpenko 388 Brayden Cooley 384 Glen Sutherland 384 Ricky Maiolo 356 Ben Atkinson Jr 332 Todd Wigzell 322 Sam Walsh 316 Jason Gill 308 Stephen Taylor 284 Jock Goodyer 256 Shannon Barry 254 Mark Caruso 248 Tim Hutchins 240 Matt Dumesny 228 Chad Ely 222 Jake Smith 198 Jamie Hendry 184 Max Johnston 150 Cory Eliason 146 Jack Lee 138 Daniel Evans 134 Peter Doukas 130 Lachlan McHugh 126 Michael Stewart 122 Mike Fox 112 Danny Porter 108 Brayden Parr 106 Michael Saller 90 Jamie O’Neill 88