Sydney City 50 Lap Classic is Taylor made for Clarke
Kiwi Taylor Clarke is the toast of NZ Speedcar Racing after winning the grueling Sydney City 50-Lap Classic at Valvoline Raceway overnight.
Clarke sped his Seamount Racing #NZ4 to a stunning victory, along the way recording his first ever main event victory.
“I can’t believe that the first win of my career is the fifty lapper at Parramatta, this is a dream,” he grinned.
It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Clarke however as he gently rolled his car over during victory celebrations after the chequered flag.
“As you can see I don’t have much experience with the victory lane stuff, but I don’t think Brett and Leigh Morris will mind too much. We just won the fifty lapper right!”
Clarke led home New South Wales duo Darren Jenkins in second place and Matt Smith in third in a main event that was typically full of drama.
Fate dealt Michael Stewart a cruel hand with him getting caught up with a lapped car as he was out in front and an almost certain victory when begging as the #N51 CP3 was taken out with right rear corner damage in the melee with Kaidon Brown.
The big boys screamed from the back of the grid as is the norm with the 50-lapper format but only one restart and the cracking pace of the leader Clarke then Stewart gave title contenders Michael Pickens and Matt Smith limited opportunities.
1. Taylor Clarke NZ 2. Darren Jenkins AUS 3. Matt Smith AUS 4. Michael Pickens NZ 5. Hayden Williams NZ 6. Alex Bright USA 7. Zach Daum USA 8. Dayne Kingshott AUS 9. Jeremy Webb NZ 10. Shayne Alach NZ 11. Jaimie McKinlay AUS 12. Troy Jenkins AUS 13. Hayden Guptill NZ 14. Lee Redmond AUS 15. Kaidon Brown AUS 16. Caleb Antonio-Rooney NZ 17. Justin McMinn AUS 18. Tim Farrell AUS 19. Darren Vine AUS 20. Michael Stewart DNF 21. Jason Bell DNF 22. Travis Mills DNF 23. Troy Ware DNF 24. Brad Mosen DNF 25. Carl Worboys DNF
Central Coast hard charger and recently crowned NSW Champion Ryan Fenech simply dominated the Late Model main event to win as he pleased over Ben Nicastri in second place and David Doherty in third.
“That was awesome to run thirty laps on the cushion like that,” Fenech grinned excitedly, “the car was perfect and the track was beautiful. That’s one of the coolest drives I’ve had.”
1. Ryan Fenech 2. Ben Nicastri 3. David Doherty 4. Todd Bayley 5. Darryl Grimson 6. Daniel Moon 7. Robert Carrig 8. Michael Hickey 9. Nathan Disney 10. Blake Lutiger 11. Katelyn Hickey 12. Bruce White 13. Shannon Jennings DNF 14. Clayton Pyne DNF 15. Brad Smith DNF