WADDELL CLAIMS RAIN SOAKED ROUND FIVE OF PRO SERIES
Three-time Australian Junior Sedan Champion, Todd Waddell has claimed his first Carline Speedcar Pro Series win at Speedway City in Adelaide, after a rain shortened feature was reduced to just thirteen laps.
Waddell fired a warning shot from the start of the night by claiming the Revolution Racegear QuickTime cheque with a 14.289 lap, breaking the Speedway City lap record set by Steven Graham in 1998 in the process.
Rain threatened from early afternoon but finally emerged directly after the first heat won by Todd Bennett. Then after extensive track work and intermittent showers, the revised schedule would make room for the remaining heats, and the twenty five lap feature but would scrap the Super Sevens pole shuffle.
Freshly married Lee Redmond returned to the series with a heat win, along with a landmark first race win for Formula Ford and Karting star, Nicholas Wroe, as well as South Aussie Brock Hallett claiming their respective heats.
The lap record would be bettered again in the heats, by Brock Hallett with a 14.243 before Waddell reclaimed the honour by registering a blistering 14.117 in heat four.
Light sprinkles again loomed as the field rolled out for the feature, with pole sitter, Lee Redmond shuffled back to fourth on a second attempt at a clean start, while the first of the Bennett Motorsport/Tap Out Energy Drink entries piloted by Mark Brown assumed an instant lead.
A trifecta of South Aussies were the first casualties after only three laps with Nathan Squires, Todd Bennett and Ben Hall coming together, and a mild bumper to bumper in the restart between Neville Lance and Lee Redmond sent the latter to the infield.
The track surface was unforgivingly hooky and defending Pro Series champion, Dayne Kingshott started from an unfamiliar sixth row and made it as high as fifth before rolling over in turn three, forcing the race to be reduced by five laps to meet curfew.
Mark Brown experienced a string of race wins in Adelaide earlier in his career, but a misfire while leading brought the #9 Spike /Hawk to a stop, bringing on yet another caution and further cementing his recent misfortunes in South Australian capital.
With just thirteen laps down, Todd Waddell led the restart with a revised seven laps remaining, before an abrupt down pour glazed the track surface as they crossed the start line leaving Neville Lance no option but to slide into Hallett in turn one, caterpaulting the #11 Trevor Knuckey Racing entry high into the turn two fence.
Unsurprisingly, the race was declared, breathing life into the idea that Mark Brown would regain the win, but on the ruling that the finishing order gets reset to the restart order, Todd Waddell claimed his first win, over Brock Hallett and Neville Lance.
"So many times in speedway, these drama filled races work against you, so on the rare occasion they go in your favour, you take it with both hands!" Waddell said as he celebrated, unfazed by the pouring rain as he exited the cockpit."We're just stoked to get a win and getting quick time tonight proved we had the car to beat, so this is a great points haul for Bennett Motorsport."
Waddell's win has now elevated him to second spot in the Carline Speedcar Pro Series championship, just 108 points behind Kingshott, with 122 points back to Neville Lance in third.
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