24/11/13…Pam Franz…courtesy of Jason Crowe SSA Media
Darren Kane has won a record fifth consecutive NSW Super Sedan State Title, in what is being described as one of the best races seen in the State for many years, with the A Main having no less than six lead changes.
The Morris Park venue in Dubbo, played host to a thrilling a Main, which saw Wayne Brims take the early lead over Kane, Australian Champion Matt Pascoe and Ash Bergmeier through the opening lap.
The first major move would come from Lachlan Onley, who moved to fourth place on the second lap, after starting from position eight.
Matt Williams would move into fourth on lap four, relegating Onley to fifth as Darren Kane took the lead from Brims.
Brims took the lead back immediately, leading Kane, Pascoe, Williams, Onley and Dave Gartner after the opening five laps, which provided many positional changes.
Lap six would prove disastrous for Brims going from the lead to fifth place, a position he would ultimately be unable to recover from. This would put Kane back into the lead, as the familiar battle of recent weeks between Kane and Matt Pascoe continued.
The Australian Champion, Matt Pascoe hit the lead on lap nine, and soon after Matt Williams would pass Kane to move to second. Kane’s defence faced an uphill task after ten laps, when the four time winner went back to fourth as Lachlan Onley, continued his charge to the front.
The home crowd were in full voice as Onley then moved to second on lap fourteen, as the positional changes continued in what was proving to be a brilliant race.
At the half way mark, Kane had assumed third position, as Pascoe lead narrowly from Onley, Kane, Williams and Brims.
Positions through the next sixteen laps would not change, but the lead three drivers continued to race closely, with Pascoe driving a great race to hold off the challenges from Onley and Kane.
Kane eventually passed Onley with four laps to go to move back in to second place, and immediately started challenging Pascoe. In a thrilling finish, Kane took the lead back thirty laps after he lost in on lap nine, with Pascoe challenging right to the chequered flag. Kane would win by 0.404, while Matt Williams got the better of Onley on the final lap to record a similar margin for third. Wayne Brims held fifth place, while Dave Gartner, Steve Jordan, Ash Bergmeier, Chris Blyton and Justin Smithwick rounded out the top ten, who all came in close intervals, with less than half a lap separating the first ten placings.
For Kane, the win has National significance, as he becomes just the fourth driver in Speedway Sedans Australia’s history, to win the same event in five consecutive years. (Robbie Williams, Modified Sedans Tasmania, Peter Logue, Super Sedans Victoria and Darrel Thomson, Western Australia Modified Sedans are the others).
A Main – 40 Laps: 1. N77 Wayne Brims, 2. N1 Darren Kane, 3. V16 Ash Bergmeier, 4. A1 Matt Pascoe, 5. Q3 Matt Williams, 6. N63 Tony Barklimore, 7. S8 Dave Gartner, 8. N17 Lachlan Onley, 9. Q71 Shayne Lau, 10. Q10 Steve Jordan, 11. Q97 Jason Campbell, 12. N65 Wayne Aylett, 13. Q63 Justin Smithwick, 14. S52 Michael Brown, 15. Q7 Peter Basmadjian, 16. N8 Peter Renshaw, 17. N14 Mark Towers, 18. N33 Barry Towers, 19. N91 Chris Blyton, 20. N7 Wayne Dick, 21. N26 Brian Trevithick, 22. N19 Dion Bennett
1. N1 Darren Kane, 2. A1 Matt Pascoe, 3. Q3 Matt Williams, 4. N17 Lachlan Onley, 5. N77 Wayne Brims, 6. S8 Dave Gartner, 7. Q10 Steve Jordan, 8. V16 Ash Bergmeier, 9. N91 Chris Blyton, 10. Q63 Justin Smithwick., 11. N63 Tony Barklimore, 12. N14 Mark Towers, 13. Q97 Jason Campbell, 14. Q7 Peter Basmadjian (39 laps), 15. N65 Wayne Aylett (38), 16. N8 Peter Renshaw (37), 17. N19 Dion Bennett (37), 18. N33 Barry Towers (37), 19. N26 Brian Trevithick (33), 20. N7 Wayne Dick (30), 21. Q71 Shayne Lau (16), 22. S52 Michael Brown (12). Time: No Time, Winning Margin: 0.404, Fastest Lap: 16.188 A1 Matt Pascoe