SPRINT CARS: Australian Champ Murcott Claims Victory at Avalon

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Reigning Australian sprint car champion David Murcott rolled to victory in round four of the ENZED World Series Sprint Car tour Tuesday at Avalon Raceway.

Murcott started his night by timing eighth quick, just seventeen hundredths of a second behind Revolution Racegear QuickTimer James McFadden, who was the only driver to break into the 11 second zone with an 11.949-second lap. After banking a pair of fourth placings in the heats, Murcott would start the feature from the second row alongside McFadden, however Jamie Veal looked like the man to beat, progressing from the Bronze Shootout to go all the way to pole position for the feature, with Brad Keller following him all the way to the second spot.

In what looked like an open and shut case, Veal checked out from the start for the 35-lap journey, opening up a 10 car-length gap by the second lap. It wasn’t until he met the back of lapped traffic that his lead would come under threat from McFadden. The track already looked a dark shade of grey, taking rubber before the feature began, with only a rare few braving the top line to advance in the field.

A cat and mouse chase between Veal and McFadden became the focus of the race as the pair threaded the needle through the traffic, untroubled by a looming Murcott who was biding his time to conserve tires. Then, with around eight laps remaining, Murcott fired a canon while the dueling leaders were distracted, discharging them of their front running duties in one swoop coming out of turn two, and powering on unchallenged to claim the win.

“I just had to be patient because I knew that the track was going to take rubber and there was a chance that if I kept the tires, I may be able to sneak up on the boys, but I was totally relying on them to make a mistake which they don’t do very often, but they did tonight at the same time so we pounced and got by them,” said Murcott. “I’m just so thankful to the Horrels. This is my fifth year with them and along with Mainline, Vortex, Sprint Shack, Eastcoast Logistics, Power Plus and Phil and Michelle at Oval Express who’ve been with me for years and Glenno and Steve who’ve given me the best car, as well and Scott Inglis, who can’t be with us this week as he’s back in the shop building a new motor for us. It just shows that it’s a team sport that’s for sure.”

Murcott became the first driver in the series to win multiple rounds of this year’s series after his Adelaide victory, and now heads to Warrnambool fifth in the championship standings, seventy three points behind leader Kyle Hirst in the No. 17 Milwaukee Tools Monte Motorsport J&J with Luke Dillon, McFadden and Brad Keller filling the top five gaps.

CREDIT: ENZED World Series Sprints

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