Tim Atkin Does It Again – 2010 Street Sedan Title

10/04/10…Pam Franz

The running of the 25th Street Sedan Title last weekend was a successful night for all 49 competitors, the Gympie Saloon Car Club and the QSCA Inc.

Tim Atkin from the Gympie Club had a weekend of mixed fortunes but was victorious when it counted.  Tim started from position 12 in the A Main and drove a cool, calm race taking advantage of opportunities as they presented to gain the lead mid race distance and hold on to the end.  Atkin previously won this event in 2008 when it held at Rockhampton.

Josh Harm from the South Burnett Club has only moved into the senior ranks this season is having a great deal of success. Josh came home a solid second in the A Main after succumbing to Atkin whilst leading the race.  Josh is a third generation racer from the well known Harm family of Wondai.

Sarah Franz from the Sunshine Coast Club made history when she finished 3rd in the A Main Title event.  Sarah is the first girl racer to finish on the podium in the 25 year history of this event.  After qualifying in 5th place at the start of the event Sarah maintained a solid line over the 40 laps to finish on the podium.  Sarah is the daughter of well known QSCA Licencing Secretary Pam Franz who has been involved in speedway for the duration of Street Sedan racing in Qld.

An improving Josh Arthur came home in 4th place with defending Title holder Scott Thomsen closely behind in 5th.

The QSCA Inc is pleased to see that the future of Street Sedan racing in Qld is healthy and has a great future to look forwad to with so much depth in the up and coming young guns.

In the 25 years of Street Sedan Title events a number of firsts were achieved – 6 girls took part in the event, 3 of whom made it to get an A Main start.  The six girls were – Sarah Franz, Tiffany O’Keeffe, Tegan Jennings, Dianne McKeiver, Sonia Budgen and Clair Cook.  In much excitement for Dianne McKeiver who openly admits to being a proud grandmother, Dianne successfully transferred from the C Main to the B Main.  Tegan Jennings was also excited about  finishing in a transfer spot in the B Main to gain a start in the A Main.  Unfortunately, Tegan had overheating problems in the A Main and Tiffany lost her exhaust preventing both girls from continuing on in the race.

Engines of the placegetters have been checked in the week following the event and all have been found to meet the required specifications.  All positions are now confirmed.

Full results from the two nights racing can be found at www.mylaps.com