Using local track knowledge to his advantage, veteran Lightning Sprint racer Keith Blatch proved to be the most consistent during the Silver Cup and it resulted in a successful defence of the annual Blatch’s Mechanical sponsored event.
After finishing second behind current Queensland and NSW Champion Jason Rae in the opening feature race (15 laps), Blatch then went on to charge his way through the field in second feature race (20 laps) from position 13, which was a full invert from the opening feature-race finishing positions, to narrowly miss out on a spot on the podium to finish in fourth.
With a second and a fourth to his name from the two feature races, it was good enough for Blatch to hold onto the Silver Cup trophy for another 12 months, which also saw him pick up a $500 winner’s prize and of course the Silver Cup trophy itself.
In the opening feature race, Rae dominated the entire 15-lap journey by starting on pole position and going on to convert that into an impressive win. Despite his best efforts, Blatch, who had started alongside Rae on the front row, had to settle for second, which was a great start to his Silver Cup defence. Home in third at the completion of the feature race was Jayden Iacono.
The remaining top-10 finishers in the opening feature race were former Australian Champion Kurt Wilson, Jim Kennedy, Wayne Iacono, Scott Jukes, Andrew Sparks, Pete Styles (NSW) and David Van Vegchel.
The second feature race, which was over a longer distance of 20 laps and a fully inverted field, saw the front row occupied by Darren Baldwin and youngster Tyler Stralow. Making the most of his front-row opportunity, Stralow powered to the lead and set the pace. Despite a lap six stoppage, due to a spin by Wilson, Stralow controlled the restart, but three laps later, he lost control of the lead to Rob Holmes. Holmes, who had started from position three, led the field for the rest of the way and went on to greet the chequered flag as an impressive and surprise winner.
Stralow and Pete Styles finished behind Holmes in second and third place respectively. Behind the podium finishers were Blatch, Jukes, Jayden Iacono, Van Vegchel, a recovering Wilson, Jim Kennedy and Wayne Iacono.
Following his opening feature race win, Rae was looking to make his way through the field in the second feature race; however, it wasn’t to be, as he struggled with car setup and consequently finished well down the order in 12th.
At the conclusion of both feature races, the overall Silver Cup spoils went the way of Blatch ahead of Rae in second and Jayden Iacono in third.
The QLSRA would like to thank Blatch’s Mechanical Repairs for their support of the Silver Cup. Toowoomba’s first and only environmentally conscious workshop, Blatch’s Mechanical Repairs offer regular or once off servicing to ensure your vehicle is operating at its full capacity. Contact them on 0746 383 533 to find out more or visit their website at www.blatchsmechanicalrepairs.com.au.
The next event for the QLSRA is going to be this Saturday night at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway for the latest round of the Everyday Finance Solutions supported QLSRA Club Championship.
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