After a slow start to the Chariots of Thunder Series at the Northline Speedway in Darwin James McFadden bounced back to win the series decider ahead of Jamie Veal, who wrapped up the overall series with his runner-up finish, with Bendigo teenager Rusty Hickman completing the podium in the Pope 65 Challenge.
“We were actually struggling a bit in the main event I was just waiting for the chequered flag to come out. We started pretty average last week but we finally found something, and we are starting to get it right, but we still have a bit of work to do” added the race winner.
“I’m excited to come back next year and get back up the front a bit more”.
After securing the win in the pole shuffle Veal accepted the “Pope Challenge” sending him to position 20 with the incentive of a bonus $20,000 on top of the $10,000 if he could win the main event but he came up 1 spot short. If he had been successful it would have netted the Warrnambool racer a $35,000 pay day having already picked up $5,000 for the series win.
“We had a good car but those few cautions really helped us get to the front quickly, but I just ran out of laps. It was an enjoyable race, congrats to James and thanks to everyone from the Chariots and my team. I can’t wait to come back” commented Veal.
With his charge from position 20 to 2nd Veal also picked up the Hoosier Hard Charger Award.
In addition to Hickman’s third place he also received the Young Gun Award, for the highest placed driver under 28 years in the overall series.
Fourth place went to Steven Lines who was followed by Marcus Dumesny, who came from the B-Main, Robbie Farr, Mitch Wormall, Jackson Delamont, Daniel Pestka and Chace Karpenko.