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Victorian Jamie Veal took first place honours in the George Tatnell Challenge at Valvoline Raceway last Saturday night. It was also a night for record breaking with the old record of 62 cars for a club show at Valvoline Raceway being smashed as 73 cars were trackside for action.
It was Veal’s third win of the season at Valvoline Raceway and his sixth career win at the Sydney racetrack.
Veal started the 30-lap main event from pole position and was never pressured in the non-stop thirty lap race.
Second to the line was Sam Walsh whilst James McFadden came home third. McFadden was running second right up until five laps to go but the cushion bit hard and lost second to a fast finishing American Kyle Hirst, who in turn lost second to Walsh with just two laps remaining.
Hirst had to ultimately settle for fourth, however the battle between Walsh, McFadden and Hirst went three wide at one stage down the back straight.
Fifth to the line was Robbie Farr ahead of outside front row starter Shaun Dobson, Max Dumesny, Danny Reidy, Matt Smith and Steven Lines came home in tenth.
Eleventh home was James Thompson followed by David Murcott, Marty Perovich, Luke Dillon, Alex Orr, Grant Anderson, Jackson Delamont, Toby Bellbowen, Darryl Campbell, Craig Brady, Garry Brazier, Ben Atkinson and Kelly Linigen was the last recorded finisher. Brooke Tatnell unfortunately retired from the race whilst running sixth on lap nineteen.
Earlier in the night, a new format saw time trials split into four groups. The fast time awards went to Jamie Veal, Brooke Tatnell, Shaun Dobson and Kyle Hirst.
Heat race wins went to Sam Walsh, James McFadden, Danny Reidy and Robbie Farr.
The non-qualifiers were won by Peter Bourke and Grant Tunks. The D-Main was taken out by Sebastian Johnston, the C-Main was a win for Daniel Harding and the B-Main was won by Matt Smith.
The next event on the Sprintcar Association of NSW calendar is this Saturday night, December 12 at Valvoline Raceway for the opening round of World Series Sprintcars.