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To claim your maiden feature-race win is a huge achievement, but to do so in a Tasmanian Title is even more special, and that’s exactly what Luke Williams did when he took out last Saturday night’s Tasmanian Street Stock Title at Latrobe’s Gulf Western & Independent Oils Raceway.
Not only did Williams achieve this major milestone, he did so in dominant fashion, clean sweeping the event by winning each of his three heat races and lining up pole for the 30-lap Tasmanian Title-deciding feature race, which was littered with stoppages, going on to lead from start to finish to score an emotional victory.
“I’m absolutely rapt to have been able to score my first feature-race win, and the fact that it was in a Tasmanian Title makes it even more memorable,” expressed the pilot of the Tas # 9 Rodney Hyland Wreckers / DTS Transport supported VZ Holden Commodore, who in the latter stages of the feature race was forced to utilise the numerous restarts as an opportunity to cool his car down, after suffering from oil pressure / fuel issues.
Photo: Angryman Photography
“It’s been a difficult season so far and we were probably flying a bit under the radar heading into the Tasmanian Title, but everything came together on the night, thanks to all of the hard work put in by my team. As a family team, we experience all of the highs and lows together, so it’s great to be able to share this victory with them.”
Currently contesting his ninth season in Street Stocks, the 25-year-old racer from Wynyard in the north-west of Tasmania began his racing career in Motocross / Enduro, later trading two wheels for four when he moved into Go Karts on the tar circuits. It wasn’t until age 17 that Williams decided to step into speedway, with long-time sponsor Rodney Hyland Wreckers providing him with his first car.
Having continually progressed throughout past seasons, Williams’s best previous Tasmanian Title result came during the 2013-14 season running of the event, when he finished in sixth. Earlier this season, Brooke Ferguson made a guest appearance in Williams’s machine, contesting the Queen of Carrick at Carrick Speedway, where she managed to come away with an impressive runner-up finish from rear of field.
Photo: Angryman Photography
Off the back of his impressive Tasmanian Title victory, Williams looks forward to hopefully continuing this solid form throughout the remainder of this season.
For his next appearance, Williams will head to Carrick Speedway on the Saturday night of April 1 to contest the Mainland Invaders event. The following Saturday night (April 8), he will return to Gulf Western & Independent Oils Raceway to battle it out in the Street Stock Ironman event.
Williams would like to thank the following 2016-17 season sponsors for their valued support: Rodney Hyland Wreckers, DTS Transport, Kymmies Takeaway - Wynyard, Kelly’s Waste Management, Image Signs and Promotions, MDC Mechanical, and Brianna Tilt Tray and Bodyworks.
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