Willmington The Whiz In Goulburn
Photo: Gary Reid
The Sprintcars returned to Goulburn for the first time in a number of years on Easter Saturday and it was Brayden Willmington who came out on top in the 20-lap feature race.
Beginning the race from the second row, Willmington took full advantage of a mishap in the early stages of the race between front row starters Matt Geering and James Thompson to grab the lead and not look back, recording a popular win.
In what was a night to showcase Sprintcars to a region that doesnít normally see the winged warriors, it was considered a very successful night and some great racing was witnessed by the big crowd on hand.
The front row for the final saw Matt Geering from pole and James Thompson sharing the front row. Most were expecting these two to figure prominently at the finish, but as is the case in Speedway, nothing is ever guaranteed and as the yellow lights came on for a spun car in turn one, both Geering and Thompson spun in turn four, hence sending both to the rear of the field.
This opened the door for Willmington to lead off at the restart and dominate the remainder of the race. Second home was James Duckworth who did a super job shadowing Willmington from the restart.
Third home was Jeff Lawler who was very consistent throughout the event to claim a very well-deserved podium finish.
Fourth across the line was Daniel Needham, who had a very entertaining battle with Shame Sheedy, who eventually finished sixth., while separating Needham and Sheedy at the finish was Thompson who did a stellar job after coming from the rear.
The remainder of the field was Mark Attard, Brad Stacey and Goulburn local Danny Hogan was the final finisher.
Non-finishers were Geering and Coby Elliott.
Earlier in the night saw three all-in heat races with wins going to Thompson, Willmington and Geering.
The SANSW thanks Goulburn Speedway for the opportunity to compete over the Easter weekend.
Thatís now a wrap for the 2018-19 season with the Presentation the only engagement left.
Plans are well advanced in regards to the 2019-20 season and a season calendar will be available next due course.