Speedway season ramps up

Speedway season ramps up

With the new racing season starting to ramp up all eyes were on Darwin’s Northline Speedway for the running of the Northern Territory Sprintcar Title last weekend.

The field included Limestone Coast locals Glen Sutherland and Scott Enderl alongside fellow South Australians Daniel Pestka, Ryan Jones and Matt Egel.

It was a good start for Pestka, who was steering a different car to his usual Port MacDonnell-based beast in heat one claiming pole position.

He stayed at the front and came home past the finish line in second place.

It was the battle of the young lead foots in heat two with Enderl, Jones and Egel fighting at the front.

Jones eventually crossed the line from Egel while back in five was Enderl.

The S20 of Sutherland was out of position six in heat three and the race did not go his way,

Sadly for the driver of the Gambier Earth Movers backed machine, he did not see the chequered flag.

Pestka was back on track again for heat four and starting from 11th, he managed to move around and pass some cars to score sixth place.

Egel, Jones and Enderl were back in action for heat five but the latter suffered a DNF.

Meanwhile Egel drove home in third and Jones secured fourth place.

It was not a good night for Sutherland in heat number six recording another DNF.

After the completion of the minor heat rounds the dash was up next and featured the throttle stompers in Jones and Egel.

Jones finished fourth and Egel came home sixth which were also their respective starting positions in the A Main while Pestka started out of ninth.

It was elbows up for the Mount Gambier drivers in the B Main, with Enderl and Sutherland having to come from the rear at the time.

But Sutherland’s struggles continued, this time he experienced a roll-over which completed a frustrating night for the team.

Enderl and Jones both did not reach the finish line after a DNF.

There were two South Australians that finished in the top 10 of the feature race including Egel in fourth and Pestka in ninth following home Jock Goodyer who claimed the title.

All eyes will again be on the Northline Speedway tomorrow night where the Chariots of Fire Series kicks off.

A total of 51 cars have nominated including Limestone Coast drivers Steven Lines, Enderl and Sutherland.

The Streetstocks will be on the support card and they will have current Aussie and Mount Gambier local Anthony Beare alongside Penola’s Steve Gartner and Jason Duell who will put on a great show.

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