MOUNT GAMBIER, Australia – official series release —
Brooke Tatnell claimed an emphatic win in round three of the 2014/15 World Series Sprintcars tour at Mount Gambier’s Borderline Speedway as American Kyle Hirst narrowly held on to the series lead.
“Tonight this is about Dylan Buswell and Shane Finch. I jumped in the truck with the boys after last night and drove straight here and washed up the car until six this morning, and then were up again at eight-thirty and out here at the racetrack working all day from about ten. I get the glorified job and I get to have more fun than they do and I am so appreciative of what they give up in life to make me look good,” said Tatnell.
Top qualifier Luke Dillon chose to start on the outside of row one; however, Tatnell shot out of a cannon to secure the lead in turn one before a multi-car incident took out the One Life/ Rentco No. 12 of Daniel Harding and the ever hopeful Scott Bogucki, who clouted the infield Victory Lane scaffolding trying to stop his front end damaged No. 84.
Murcott would also be caught in the crossfire but rejoined the field as Tatnell again secured the first turn and was never headed, until a slight flame became evident around the engine of the No. 2 TEH Krikke Motorsport Cool that flared enough for stewards to bring on a caution for a safety inspection of the car.
Tatnell was unaware of the flame — which was only coming out of the left side of the engine and clearly wasn’t effecting the car’s performance — and upon inspection, was deemed safe to return to racing from the start of the grid.
With less than ten laps to go, Tatnell again held on to his lead, with the whole crowd watching as the bizarre flame began to appear again, wondering if the engine would hold on. However, Tatnell survived to take his first win of the 2014/15 World Series Season, and his sixth in total at the venue in World Series competition.
The culprit of the Tatnell fire was later determined to be a broken valve spring.
Dillon, McFadden, Keller and Veal completed the top five, while Kyle Hirst’s sixth placing was enough to let him finish the evening still on top of the points table.
CREDIT: ENZED World Series Sprints