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Off the back of his recent Tasmanian Title victory, Mick Nicola managed to continue his winning form last weekend, collecting a $5,000 payday in the annual Fun City Gold Rush event at Rushworth Speedway.
Sitting third in points heading into the final night of competition, after scoring a fifth, first and second-place finish in his heat races, along with a fourth-place finish in the preliminary feature race on Saturday night, the pilot of the Vic # 3 Lucas Oils / National Warranty Company-backed Dominator continued his consistent form, coming away with third, first and fifth-place finishes in his remaining heat races and lining up on the inside of the second row for the Gold Rush-deciding feature race.
With the start of the 40-lap feature race plagued with stoppages, the three-time Australian Champion quickly moved into second on the opening lap, going on to inherit the lead from current Queensland Champion Mat Pascoe on lap six when he crashed out. Once out in front, Nicola was never headed, surviving a late stoppage and going on to score the second Gold Rush win of his career.
Photo: Angryman Photography
This pleasing result was also Nicola’s second feature-race win of the season, having claimed his first 2016-17 season win in the Tasmanian Title at Carrick Speedway in early February, where he finished fifth, first and third in his heat races, qualifying on the second row of the 40-lap feature race and making his way into the lead by lap 11, going on to score his first ever Tasmanian Title victory.
“I’m thrilled to have been able to back up my Tasmanian Title win with another winning result in the Gold Rush,” expressed the Traralgon-based racer, who was able to redeem himself after last season’s running of the Gold Rush, where he blew an engine after heading into the final night of competition as the highest point scorer.
“After travelling to America in the off season, the team’s definitely been more experimental in terms of setup, which has given us a lot of added confidence and has evidently paid off, with 2016-17 season being one of our most competitive seasons in recent years.”
For his next event, Nicola will contest a doubleheader on the Friday and Saturday nights of March 24 and 25, beginning with the Fireball Derby at Adelaide Motorsport Park and followed by the South Australian Title at Murray Bridge Speedway, where he is sure to be a front-running contender, having won multiple SA Titles in previous seasons.
He will then travel to Kalgoorlie International Speedway to contest the Western Australian Title on April 8-9, followed by the Australian Title at Albany’s Attwell Park Speedway on April 15-16. With over two decades of racing experience, Nicola has achieved victories in every state title in the country, excluding Western Australia, so he will no doubt be looking to rectify that this season.
Nicola would like to thank the following 2016-17 season sponsors: Lucas Oils and National Warranty Company. Special thanks: Shane Kemp, Steve Cook and the team’s newest member Rick Slatter.
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