Smee Claims NSW Title, But Harders Maintains Five Crown Lead!

March 13, 2016

Sydney's Nathan Smee claimed his second NSW Speedcar Championship and round three of the national Five Crown Speedcar Series at Valvoline Raceway last night; taking the win from young guns Michael Stewart of the ACT and NSW's Matt Jackson. This puts points on the Five Crown Series leaderboard for the hard charging NSW trio, but it's QLD's Michael Harders who to continues to lead after three rounds!

 

Smee's NSW Title efforts sees him slip into 6th position on the Five Crown leader board, Stewart into 7th and Jackson to 8th. To stay in the running for the bonus $10,000 series payout, the trio need to progress into the top five placings, currently held by Michael Harders (QLD), Paul Murphy (NSW), Anthony Chaffey (QLD), Braydan Wilmington (NSW) and Domain Ramsay (VIC). 

 

Series leader Michael Harders qualified 9th for the 30 lap A-Main and drove the Auto Upgrade Speedsport Racing Q14 home in 15th place; adding to his healthy leadership after the three rounds on 354 points. 

 

NSW's Paul Murphy also retains second place on the Five Crown leaderboard on 330 points. While an electrical issue in his South Australian Hardwyer Motorsport ride saw him miss his opening heat, putting him out of position 21 for the A-Main; Murphy clawed his way forward to finish 13th in The Speedway Shop SA6 at the drop of the chequers.

 

Queensland's Anthony Chaffey also gained some much needed points back on Murphy, bringing the gap between second and third place in the series to only 22 points! After successfully qualifying from 6th place for the feature, Chaffey was forced to retire from the race with an issue in the Victorian Jaxxon Wrapz VIC6 machine, but was allocated 20th place as at his drop-out position. 

 

The Five Crown Series moves onto South Australia next Saturday March 19th, for the 66th running of the SA Speedcar Championship, at Westline Speedway Whyalla. Competitors can claim a huge $2,500 for the win, plus tow money and more. Nomination details are available at SASpeedcars.com. The final round will be hosted by Western Australia's Quit Bunbury Speedway on April 16th. 

 

FIVE CROWN SERIES POINTS - AFTER THREE ROUNDS:

 

1. Harders, Michael, QLD - 354 points

2. Paul Murphy, NSW - 330

3. Anthony Chaffey, QLD - 308

4. Braydan Wilmington, NSW - 231

5. Domain Ramsay, VIC - 142

6. Nathan Smee, NSW - 140

7. Michael Stewart, NSW - 135

8. Matt Jackson, NSW - 132

9. Scott Wilson, QLD - 130

10. Stewart Grant-Campbell, VIC - 126

11. Troy Jenkins, NSw - 126

12. Jaimie Mckinlay, NSW - 125

13. Ben Hall, SA - 124

14. Matt Smith, NSW - 123

15. Troy Ware, QLD - 122

16. Rusty Whittaker, QLD - 120

17. Paul Farrell, VIC - 120

18. Grant Draney, QLD - 118

19. Ken Stanaway, QLD - 117

20. Matt Hefford, QLD - 117

21. Trevor Malouf, NSW - 115

22. Reid Mackay, QLD - 115

23. Darren Vine, QLD - 114

24. Gavin Wesble, QLD - 114

25. Justin McMinn, VIC - 112

26. Ashley Booker, VIC - 112

27. Brett Thomas, QLD - 111

28. Nathan Squiers, SA - 110

29. Gary Rooke, NSW - 110

30. Stuart Ferguson, VIC - 109

31. Matt Papa, VIC - 107

32. Cameron Restall, NSW - 107

33. Brad Young, QLD - 106

34. Bob Jackson, NSW - 105

35. Nick Parker, VIC - 103

36. Rodney Harders, QLD - 102

37. Darren Jenkins, NSW - 102

38. Ian Jones, VIC - 101

39. Dean Meadows, NSW - 101

40. Courtney O'Heir, NSW - 98

41. Don Mackay, NSW - 96

42. Andy Pearce, VIC - 94

43. Jeremy Evans, NSW - 93

44. Jordan Mackay, NSW - 91

45. Jack Day, VIC - 90

46. Jack Black, NSW - 89

47. Kaitlyn Anthony, NSW - 83

48. Michael Paice, NSW - 82

49. Aiden Corish, NSW - 79

50. Lance Towns, QLD - 33

51. Jessica Moulden, VIC - 31

52. Craig Smith, VIC - 21

53. Corey Stadart, QLD - 10

54. Mathew Hunter, NSW - 10

 

Photo courtesy of Valvoline Raceway.

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