Despite a disappointing start to Friday night at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway, due to a mechanical issue, Kurt Wilson was back to his best come the feature race, taking out the latest Everyday Finance Solutions Queensland Club Championship round.
Plagued by mechanical dramas from the get go, the current Australian and NSW Champion was last in points heading into the 15-lap feature race, but was gifted pole position due to an inversion of the starting field, sending highest-points man Aaron Kelly to the rear. Maintaining his composure, the Lismore-based Wilson was never headed, turning his luck around to claim his third feature-race win of the season, having won the Silver Cup and Patrick Moroney Memorial earlier in the season.
Rookie Aaron Kelly continued his progression, displaying yet another impressive performance, powering through the field to finish in the runner-up spot, ahead of Jason Rae, who scored his first podium finish of the season and is currently sitting within the top five in the Club Championship point standings. Aaron’s older sister, Kirsty Kelly, finished just off the podium in fourth, while Jason Busk bounced back from a tough run in the past few race meetings to finish fifth. Andrew Sparks was the final finisher.
Dave Fanning endured a mixed night, retiring from the feature race on the opening lap after continuing to suffer from mechanical issues which presented themselves in his third heat race, causing him to have a DNF. The night had been looking promising for the two-time Australian Champion, who had won the opening two heat races.
Seemingly suffering from Fanning’s luck earlier on in the night, Wilson failed to complete a lap in his opening heat race, before also dropping heat-race two with ongoing mechanical gremlins. In his third and final heat race, Wilson managed to change his fortune, claiming the win and putting some much-needed points on the board.
Continuing to impress, Aaron Kelly was a model of consistency throughout the night, coming away with a second-place finish and two thirds in his heat races, placing him at the top of the point score heading into the feature race.
For their next appearance, the Queensland Lightning Sprints will return to Archerfield Speedway to contest the eighth round of their Queensland Club Championship on the Friday night of February 3.
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