Jamie Veal the current Eureka Series Champion was victorious in round three of the Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series at Premier Speedway last night but Veal did not have it all on his own till the later stages of the A Main event to defeat two other past Series champions John Vogels home in second place while Shaun Dobson filled the last podium spot.
With good sunshine, a well prepared racetrack and fifty sprintcars drivers that included some of the country’s best all was ready to go for the heat grouped time trials that would set the ten heat grids for the night. The testimony that this was a well prepared racing surface was shown from a merge of the five time trial sessions, there was a little over halve a second separating the first twenty five drivers.
Early favourite James McFadden suffered engine problems in his first heat that would end his night early. Both Ian Loudoun and Brad Warren were also out with engine problems after time trails.
With ten heat races run and won it was five times Eureka Garages & Sheds Series Champion John Vogels to sit at the top of the points table to take pole position for the main event by four points over defending Series Champion Jamie Veal.
The Eureka Garages and Sheds A Main field was set, Vogels elected to start from P1 with Veal alongside followed by Toby Bellbowen, Shaun Dobson, Grant Anderson, Jye Okeeffe, Australian Champion David Murcott, Brett Milburn, Adam King, Jeremy Cross, Rod Matthews, Tim Rankin, Tim Hutchins, Corey McCullagh, Craig Vanderstelt, Luke Walker, Darren Mollenoyux and Dennis Jones.
Thirty laps was the distance on the score board, a couple of hot laps were given to the drivers before forming up for the start that would see both Tim Rankin and Craig Vanderstelt pull to the infield with mechanical issues.
Veal snatched the lead at the drop of the green flag to lead lap one from Vogels when the first of two cautions lights were display to remove Corey McCullagh’s car from the edge of the track when he had a steering box failure.
On the restart Veal lead away from Vogels, Dobson had demote Bellbowen to fourth place ahead of Anderson, Okeeffe, Milburn, Cross who had made up two positions, Murcott and Walker rounding out the top ten.
With a fast pace in the eleven and half second bracket Veal and Vogels were trading best lap times, Vogels was not letting Veal get away keeping him in striking distance. As the leaders moved into lapped traffic Vogels pounced and took the lead at just over half race distance.
While Vogels tried to gap Veal, Veal was trying a few different racing lines in pursuit of Vogels to find a faster line and retake the lead a few laps later. Behind the leaders Dobson was in a race of his own in third place while a little further back Bellbowen, Anderson, Murcott and Milburn were in a battle of their own for the minor placing’s. Murcott final found his way past Anderson to be in fifth place before the caution lights came on to remove Hutchins that had rolled to a stop and Jones that appeared to cut a tire down sending him into light contact with the turn two wall.
Five laps to go and Veal was enjoying a good racing line opening a gap on Vogels to eventually take the win with a comfortable margin over Vogels and Dobson who had lonely race to third place, Bellbowen home in fourth held off the fast finishing Murcott. Rounding out the field in sixth place was Anderson, from Milburn, Walker, Okeeffe, Mollenoyux, King and Matthews.
While Jamie Veal was a very happy man to take another win in the Eureka Series at Premier Speedway, it was John Vogels who was smiling the most and thrilled with his and the team’s performance on the night to be able take another podium.
With the current Eureka Series points leader and round one winner Nick Lacey failing to make the Eureka Garages & Sheds A Main and Brett Milburn’s seventh place finish Milburn now takes over the lead of the Series with Jye Okeeffe also moving into second place in the point’s standings.
The ten heat races were taken out by ten different drivers, Peter Milnes was having a very good night with second fastest time in his time trial session and a second place in his first heat only have suffer a big rollover in his final heat race that finish his night.
Sixteen Drivers fronted for the C Main event that was won by Eddie Lumbar from James Gardiner, Glen Sutherland and Quentin Tanner that would advance to the back of the B Main.
The last chance B main was taken out by Tasmania’s Tim Hutchins who would take with him to the A Main Corey McCullagh, Craig Vanderstelt, Luke Walker, Darren Mollenoyux and Dennis Jones.
The Eureka Garages and Sheds Sprintcar Series next round will be at Borderline Speedway Mt Gambier on Saturday the 21st of November for Round 4.
Heat race wins on the night went to: V70 John Vogels, V35 Jamie Veal, Act21 Shaun Dobson, V37 Grant Anderson, V42 Jye Okeeffe, V96 Andy Caruana, N36 Eddie Lumbar, V30 Michael Tancredi, and V23 James Gardiner.