Garry Brazier stormed to victory in last Saturday night’s fourth Ultimate Sprintcar Championship NSW round at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway and made it back-to-back wins at the track.
The six-time Australian Champion defeated current and two-time Australian Champion David Murcott by less than a second, before the two became entangled post-race after both drivers remonstrated with each other. Third to the finish line was Adrian Maher who put in a very impressive drive to get the final spot on the podium and qualify for the USC Chase at season’s end.
Brazier took the lead for the opening lap before the red lights came on for an accident involving Toby Bellbowen and Grant Anderson. From the restart it was all Murcott as he powered away and carved his way through lapped traffic.
During the latter stages of the race, Brazier began to make his mark closing in on Murcott and at the same time, the likes of Maher, Danny Reidy, Matt Dumesny and James Thompson were all locked in an intense battle for the minors.
A yellow light was thrown with six laps remaining after Max Johnston struck troubles and retired to the infield. This left a last gasp effort for Brazier to snatch the lead and he did just that, leading the last three laps to take another popular win. Murcott was visibly upset with the pass from Brazier and the two made contact going down the back straight after the race. This resulted in both cars becoming locked together and Murcott tipped up almost onto his side in turn three.
Following the podium finishers was Matt Dumesny, who scored his best finish to date, in fourth ahead of Reidy, Thompson, Max Dumesny, Jeremy Cross, Matt Smith and Robbie Farr in 10th. Craig Brady, Troy Little, Sammy Walsh, Chad Ely (SA), Warren Ferguson, Shaun Dobson (Tas), Lachlan Abbott, Darryl Campbell, Jimmy Matchett and Jackson Delamont completed the finishers.
Non finishers were Max Johnston, Anderson and Bellbowen. Marty Perovich was unable to start due to engine woes.
Earlier in the night, Jamie Veal set quick time in group one before blowing an engine while coming out for his heat race. The Victorian-based racer, who won the opening two USC NSW rounds earlier in the season, decided the best course of action was pack up and head home. Smith stopped the clock the quickest to claim fast time in group two.
Heat-race wins went the way of Reidy, Johnston, Matt Dumesny and Maher. The non-qualifiers heat was won by Jeff Lawler.
The C main was taken out by Michael Saller, while Bellbowen was the B main winner.
The next event on the Sprintcar Association NSW calendar will be on the Saturday night of November 14 at Valvoline Raceway. On that night, which will be the fifth round of the USC NSW, it will double up as the second running of the Sid Hopping Shootout.