It certainly has been a breakout season for Chris Marino, after he recently wrapped up the Western Sydney Street Stockers Club Championship spoils for the 2017-18 season.

Marino’s fantastic season, apart from the WSSS Club Championship honours, included a second-place finish at the NSW Title at Moruya’s Surfair Speedway earlier in the season where he stormed from the fourth row in the field, a feature-race win at Nowra Speedway and numerous minor podium finishes at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway. Such was Marino’s consistency throughout the season, his worst finish at Valvoline Raceway was a fourth-place finish, and it was that consistency that saw him top the WSSS Club Championship final point standings.

The most memorable race of the season for Marino, by his own admission, came around mid-season after receiving the news from a good friend that his mother (Allison Tyshurst) was fighting cancer. On that emotion-charged night at Valvoline Raceway, he quickly moved forward from 10th in the field to pick up a second-place finish, and that was that podium finish that he dedicated to her.

Following his WSSS Club Championship, Marino recently contested the Australian Title at Valvoline Raceway loaded with confidence and he really delivered by qualifying sixth in a field of 63 cars and putting in a strong showing in the Australian Title feature race to come home with a fourth-place finish.

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Spending most of the race distance in fifth place, Marino began to make his presence be known and as rain began to fall, made the move into fourth on what was ultimately the final lap as officials declared the race due to the inclement weather.

In what has been almost a season of redemption for the Campbelltown, NSW-based racer, he used last season’s Australian Title disqualification post-race for a technical infringement as a motivator, and the driver of the NSW # 81 Energetic Tree Lopping / Rigtek Rope Access supported VY Holden Commodore certainly did redeem himself with several solid performances throughout the season.

To say that Marino was pleased with his consistent strong performances throughout only his second season in the class would be quite the understatement.

“It truly has been an amazing season for me and I’m rapt with how it all worked out for the team and I,” expressed the 37-year-old racer.

“The main goal at the beginning of the season was to take out the WSSS Club Championship and to do that with the calibre of drivers who we have racing each week is very pleasing.”

Looking ahead to next season, Marino plans to defend his WSSS Club Championship, along with contesting all the blue-ribbon events on the calendar, such as the Australian and NSW Titles.

Marino would like to thank the following 2017-18 season sponsors for their support: Energetic Tree Lopping, Rigtek Rope Access, Chuck’s Bobcat and Excavations, SMT Muay Thai and Brazilian Jujitsu, PKW Performance, Bridgestone - Campbelltown (Dave), Highline Racewear (Fiona), and Tint Me Up. Special thanks go to his partner Natalie and their kids: Breeanna, Tiarnna and Christopher, along with Ben Cartwright and Corey Foyle.

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