DEVONPORT speedway driver Marcus Kelly is the toast of the sport in Tasmania after a stunning victory in the Tas Truck Refinishing Australian Formula 500 Championship at Cranes Combined Carrick Speedway on Saturday night.
Kelly, who was the reigning Tasmanian until a week before the national championship after unsuccessfully defending his state title at Latrobe a week earlier, qualified on outside pole position for the Australian championship after a consistent run through the 15 heats staged on Friday and Saturday nights.
In fact, he equal-qualified with defending champion Jessica Moulden, of Victoria, with Moulden taking pole position by virtue of the fastest lap time during the heats.
Moulden led qualifying after the first 15 heats on Friday night and finished fourth in her final heat on Saturday after starting on grid 10, to start the 25-lap final as favourite. However, Kelly started better, with Moulden forced to withdraw before the end of the first lap with a broken drive chain.
Fellow Victorian Matthew Symons, who started behind her on grid three, took advantage of her demise and slotted into second behind Kelly but crashed on lap four, ending his night in a spectacular incident that also claimed West Australian drivers Mark House and Andrew Priolo.
Brock Hallett, also from Victoria, who started from grid five, inherited second after Symons’s exit but was unable to match Kelly’s pace as he opened up a handy break.
West Australian driver and former national champion Matt Brown, who started from grid seven, locked on to the back of Hallett and mounted several unsuccessful challenges, eventually settling for second behind the Victorian.
Kelly’s victory was comprehensive and he was never really challenged, making good use of his local knowledge on the track on which he also won his Tasmanian championship last year, to score a well-deserved victory.
Latrobe’s Adrian Redpath scored an impressive win in the Easter Cup for sprintcars. The former four-times Tasmanian qualified on pole position for the 25-lap final and was able to negotiate lapped traffic with ease to score a solid victory.
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