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Brendan Palmer Holds Off Hard Charging Americans On Prelim Night



A cool and calculated drive by Queensland’s Brendan Palmer saw him stand atop the victory dais following the Preliminary Feature of the 74th Lucas Oil Australian Speedcar Championship on Friday night at Sungold Stadium, Premier Speedway, Warrnambool.

On a night that had a bit of everything as Mother Nature again played a part in the outcome as she threatened to interrupt proceedings on numerous occasions through out the course of the night.

Palmer who started from pole position was able to withstand the challenge thrown at him by the two rim riding Americans in Alex Bright who started from position eight to eventually finish in the runner up sport and a super impressive Tyler Thomas who put on a clinic as he charged from position 19 through to third in a masterful display.

With Palmer preferring the low groove on a track that certainly took its time in widening out, it was the Americans who went upstairs to try and reel in the race leader as the likes of defending Aussie Champ Adam Clark and Travis Mills battled it out for fourth and fifth.

They were followed by Davey Ray who also charged from 16th to sixth, Jaimie McKinlay in seventh, Queensland’s Scott Wilson who was eighth, Troy Jenkins who overcame a dropped heat earlier in the night to run ninth while Neville Lance rounded out the top ten.

They were followed by Rob Jackson, Dean Merrylees, Paul Farrell, Bell Hall and Gabe Goode while the DNF’s were headed up by an unlucky Nathan Smee, who was rounded solidly in second before being forced infield. He was joined by Domain Ramsay, Matt Greenwood who had a motor detonate which also left Jerry Coons Jnr with no where to go and Kaiden Manders who was also one to record a DNF.

The top ten in points after nights one is as follows:

1. Q41 Brendan Palmer - 83 points.
2. V10 Travis Mills - 81 points.
3. W4 Alex Bright - 70.5 points.
4. N42 Jaimie McKinlay - 70 points.
5. Q25 Scott Wilson - 66.5 points.
6. V20 Domain Ramsay - 66 points.
7. Q98 Matt Greenwood - 65.5 points.
8. N7 Nathan Smee - 64.5 points.
9. A1 Adam Clarke - 64.5 points.
10. N14 Jerry Coons Jnr - 63 points.

Saturday night is Championship night with a further round of Speedcar heats, plus the C Main, B-Main, Top 8 Pole Shuffle and the 40 lap Championship decider all to be contested.

The Wingless Sprints with a round of their Super Six Series will be the support division on the night.

Racing will start from 5.30pm.

General Admission is available via the both sides of the venue.

Admission is Adults $25.00; Concession $20.00; Children 12-15 $10.00 and Children 6-11 $5.00.

The usual pit charges of $70.00 without or $35.00 with the minimum entry requirement (Speedway Australia) will apply.

Premier Speedway would like to thank Lucas Oil for their on-going support of the 2015 Australian Speedcar Championship along with R & M Security and Lightning Clean for their support of the Best Presented Car and Crew and Oval Express Magazine for their generosity in supporting the Hard Charger award.

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