Tatnell Tops Classic Night One
WARRNAMBOOL, Aus. (January 19, 2018) – Brooke Tatnell found his way to victory lane in Friday night’s 30-lap feature as the 46th Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic kicked off at the Premier Speedway.
Starting from the fourth position, Tatnell inherited the point when race leader Robbie Farr ran afoul of lapped traffic just ten laps in and then held off Kerry Madsen over the closing rounds to secure the victory. Luke Dillon filled out the podium in third with Ryan Jones and Corey McCullagh rounding out the top five.
Running third in the early portion of the race, Tatnell battled past Dillon for second on the tenth round and promptly found himself ahead of the pack when Farr found himself propped up upon the turn four fencing after a tangle in traffic.
Madsen battled into second by the 20th round and kept the pressure on. Tatnell was up to the task, surviving a final caution that set up a green-white-checkered dash to the stripe.
The second half of the Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic field hits the track on Saturday night to set the stage for Sunday’s finale.
Friday Feature Moments:
Second Lap – Ryan Jones loops it in turn three to bring out the race’s first caution. He rallies back to finish fourth.
Three Laps Complete – The red flag flies for a David Murcott flip in turn two.
Ten Laps Complete – Farr gets tangled up in traffic while leading and hangs it in the turn four fencing with Terry McCarl caught up in the fracas as well. After rallying from “C” Main action, Tim Kaeding is forced pitside with a flat right rear tire.
16 Laps – A multi-car tangle in turn two prompts including Tim Rankin, Glen Sutherland and Luke Walker prompts another red flag. Sutherland and Walker continued on.
19 Laps – The red flag flies again when Rusty Hickman flips down the frontstretch after tagging the wall exiting turn four. Hickman had rallied to fifth after advancing from “C” Main action following a heat race double tumble with Tim Kaeding.
30 Laps – With the checkered set to fly, Jamie Veal clips the car of Tim Hutchins that had spun to a stop in turn four. Veal had just battled past Dillon for third before the final caution of the feature.
46th Grand Annual Sprintcar Classic – Friday Preliminary Feature Finish: 1. Brooke Tatnell (4), 2, Kerry Madsen (3), 3. Luke Dillon (1), 4. Ryan Jones (9), 5. Corey McCullagh (15), 6. Shaun Dobson (7), 7. Glen Sutherland (17), 8. Luke Walker (10), 9. Daniel Harding (13), 10. Geoff Ensign (16), 11. Jamie Veal (14), 12. Brett Milburn (24), 13. Max Dumesny, 14. Tim Hutchins (18), 15. Jacob Smith (22), 16. Daniel Newnham (20), 17. Rusty Hickman (23), 18. Tim Rankin (6), 19. Keke Falland (8), 20. Tim Kaeding (21), 21. Robbie Farr (2), 22. Terry McCarl (5), 23. Domain Ramsey (12), 24. David Murcott (11).