Australian Champion Kerry Madsen retained his National Championship tonight at the Valvoline Raceway in Sydney defeating his brother Ian Madsen and Robbie Farr in front of a huge crowd. After starting on the front row alongside pole sitter James McFadden Madsen swept into the lead on the opening lap but he didn’t have it all his own way in the opening stages as Ian Madsen and James McFadden both had their turn up front.
The race started off in dramatic fashion as shortly after pushing off Jamie Veal was out of the event with driveline failure therefore first reserve Darryl Campbell got a berth in the 24-car field.
Once the race got underway the caution light was out on lap 2 as Daniel Sayre, Brad Maiolo and Max Dumesny got tangled up with Max being the only car to retire with a flat left rear. With Kerry Madsen out front of the restart the race would then be under caution as the red light came out for South Australian Jake Tranter who rolled in turn two.
The restart order was Kerry Madsen, Ian Madsen, McFadden, Brooke Tatnell, Jordyn Brazier, Jackson Delamont, Lachlan McHugh, Warren Ferguson and Matthew Dumesny. It was at this point of the 40-lap final that things really heated up with the top 3 having a great battle for lead with Ian Madsen grabbing the lead on lap 15 before McFadden took over the following lap.
But McFadden’s race would come to an end as he and Kerry made contact cutting down the left front tyre on the #17. From here the race really settled down with most the field running around the gutter as the race became a little processional.
With seven laps to go the race got a new lease on life as Marcus Dumesny bought out the caution leaving a shootout to the end. On the restart, Ian tried everything he could as he tried an outside pass for the lead in turn three but it wasn’t to be as Kerry cleared out to win by over 2 seconds and in the process claimed his third Australian Championship and his second in Sydney.
Ian Madsen was second with former Champion Robbie Farr in third. Another former Champion Brooke Tatnell finished a solid fourth but he was never on the pace of the leaders with Jordyn Brazier putting the Brazier back up the pointy end with an impressive fifth. Jackson Delamont was just as impressive in sixth with James Thompson, Grant Anderson, Ian Loudoun and Grant Tunks completing the top 10. Sam Walsh and Lachlan McHugh were the only other drivers on the lead lap.
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