Sam Walsh and James Thompson battled it out in the A-Main of the season to date on Saturday night at Valvoline Raceway.
It was quite fitting that the 30 lap final was an on the edge of your seat thriller considering it was the annual Sid Hopping Shootout.
At the fall of the chequered flag it was Sam Walsh who claimed victory. It was his second Sid Hopping Shootout in a row and his third win overall from the four shootouts contested.
The closing stages of the race had everyone’s attention as Walsh and Thompson battled it out. The latter taking the lead on the second last lap, albeit very briefly as Sam Walsh swept back into the lead.
As the two raced to the line less than a second separated them but in the end it was Walsh who took the win and in doing so, won his seventh career Sydney main event and sitting equal with his dad, John.
Jordyn Brazier finished third after fighting his was to second around mid-race distance but on lap twenty was shuffled back to third by Thompson.
It was Brazier’s first ever career podium and was very well-deserved.
Fourth across the line was Matt Dumesny who was forced to change an engine after qualifying and Max Dumesny was fifth.
Sixth was Daniel Sayre, seventh was Warren Ferguson who put his bad luck from the previous show behind him, eighth was Jackson Delamont, Ben Atkinson was ninth and Michael Saller rounded out the top ten.
Eleventh was Marcus Dumesny followed by Callum Williamson, Jessie Attard, Steve Rowell, Danny Reidy, Gran Tunks and Troy Little was the final finisher.
Non finishers were James Duckworth, Blake Skipper, Kim Becker who emerged unscathed from a wild wreck on the main straight at a restart, Alex Orr, Max Johnston, Robbie Farr who made hard contact with the tyre barrier in turn three and Cameron Ware.
Earlier in the night Garry Brazier set quick time in flight one with an 11.618 second lap and Sam Walsh stopped the clock with an 11.941 second lap in flight two.
Heat race wins went to Garry Brazier, Max Dumesny, Sam Walsh and James Thompson.
Unfortunately for Garry Brazier a top four start in the main event evaporated with motor dramas in his heat that forced him out of the rest of the night.
The gold, silver and bronze shootout was contested with Jordyn Brazier and Danny Reidy transferring from the bronze and again from the silver and Sam Walsh winning pole in the gold shootout.
Robbie Farr took the win in the C-Main ahead of Daniel Cassidy and Robert Seton and Marcus Dumesny won the B-Main ahead of Farr who stormed from the back, Alex Orr and Blake Skipper.
The next event for the Sprintcar Association of NSW will be this Saturday night, November 18 for the second Sprintcar Development event followed by the next round of USC NSW on November 25.