Todd Bennett drove away from his closest rivals at Murray Bridge Speedway on Saurday night to claim round 7 of the American Tire & Racing Services (AT&RS) SA Speedcar Club Championship and his maiden Speedcar feature victory!
Having started from the front row with Todd Wigzell, Bennett and the Butch Bennett Crash Repairs SA25 Speedcar combination were virtually unstoppable from the drop of the green flag; going uncontested for the bulk of the A-Main. Bennett was followed home by round 3 winner Todd Wigzell in the S88, Nathan Squiers S86 and Graham Knuckey S11; with Jamie Crouch S7 rounding out the top five placings.
"The track was awesome and I'd like to thank Murray Bridge Speedway for putting on a great event" noted Bennett after the meeting. "Thanks also to my sponsors Bennett Crash Repairs, Hoskin Race Engines, Clare Valley Toyota, MGA Insurance Brokers, Hatwell Traders and Terry White Chemist Clare; plus my dad Butch and Rory for all their effort. I'm feeling very comfortable in our new Eagle chassis from GRD, and Hoskin race engines has this little Gaerte engine singing! Hopefully this will be the first of many more wins to come!"
Bennett now joins the ever growing winners list for the 15/16 season along with American Tyler Thomas; New South Welshmen Nathan Smee and Mark Brown; and our other local victors Jamie Crouch, Todd Wigzell and reigning AT&RS Club Champion Ben Hall. SA Speedcars has seen a different winner for each event of the season to date, confirming the ever rising level of competition in the local Speedcar ranks!
Todd Bennett's victory also brings him a mere 22 points behind current AT&RS Club Championship pointscore leader Jamie Crouch, and 31 points ahead of third running Todd Wigzell. His win also reset TheSpeedwayShop.com Jackpot for another round, where every consecutive feature win earns the driver bonus bucks!
As Speedcars nationally head towards the 75th Australian Title, this season hosted by Sydney's Valvoline Raceway on February 5th and 6th; SA Speedcars next outing is scheduled for Speedway City on February 20th for the 2nd annual Bert Fenton Cup in conjunction with round 3 of the SA Blackjack Series and round 8 of the AT&RS Club Championship!
AT&RS Rd7 RESULTS - Murray Bridge Speedway, Saturday Janury 16th 2016:
A-MAIN: 1. S25 Todd Bennett, 2. S88 Todd Wigzell, 3. S86 Nathan Squiers, 4. S11 Graham Knuckey, 5. S7 Jamie Crouch, 6. S10 Angelo Karoussis, 7. S6 Mark Harrington. DNF S16 Tim Caddy. DNS S35 Brett Ireland, S71 Ben Hall.
HEAT ONE: 1. S88 Todd Wigzell, 2. S10 Angelo Karoussis, 3. S86 Nathan Squiers, 4. S11 Graham Knuckey, 5. S25 Todd Bennett, 6. S16 Tim Caddy. DNF S6 Mark Harrington, S7 Jamie Crouch. DNS S35 Brett Ireland, S71 Ben Hall.
HEAT TWO: 1. S25 Todd Bennett, 2. S11 Graham Knuckey, 3. S88 Todd Wigzell, 4. S86 Nathan Squiers,5. S10 Angelo Karoussis. DNF S16 Tim Caddy. DNS S6 Mark Harrington, S7 Jamie Crouch, S35 Brett Ireland, S71 Ben Hall.
Photos courtesy of Stephen Pickering of Pickos Photos.
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