Being on the bill for the international shows at Sydney Speedway is always exciting and this year the Late Models got the opportunity to showcase on three of them in secession. Dubbed the “Ultimate Sydney Late Model Speedweek” a stela field was assembled with competitors coming from afar as Tasmania to try and take to loot that was on offer.
Newcastle’s Nathan Disney, who had previously taken an A main victory this season was well prepared and came out all guns blazing.
Boxing day turning on a warm one with temps in the 30’s and humidity through the roof in Sydney town.
From the drop of the green in the first heat it was evident that some had come with the “Take no prisoners” approach with panels dented and christmas card lists being amended.
A-Main Speedweek Round One Official results:
1. Tyler Erb
2. Ben Nicastri
3. Cameron Pearson
8. Nathan Disney
Night Two (Monday, 30th December)
The team left round one with a spring in their step. They’d found something in the setup that they were exploring.
After a couple of heats Disney jumped from the car and yelled “YES……. We’ve found it”
The car was a bullet and he was looking forward to the longer A main.
The 30 lap A Main also doubled as the NSW Late Model Title and Disney would start it out of position 6. After some extremely hard racing and dropping back in the pack at a restart, Disney finished in position 5 but with a mega grin on his face as his race pace in the slick was that of the leaders.
A-Main Speedweek Round Two Official results:
1.Lachlan Onley NSW#1
2. Ryan Fenech
3. Tyler Erb
5. Nathan Disney
Night Three (Saturday, 4th January)
Round three of the series was held under extreme heat conditions and bush fires were still burning out of control all over the state.
In the shade it was 50 degrees at 5 in the afternoon. The promotors sensibly delayed the start of the meeting until 7:30pm where temperatures had dropped a little but still in the high 40’s.
Many competitors chose to stay at home due to the heat and the numbers were down on previous rounds.
“The teams pumped and we’re well watered for a great night after the car was so fast in the A the other night” stated Disney.
Unfortunately, when the team went to start the engine it immediately made a noise. On closer inspection it had broken a two-race old valve spring. As you could imagine the lads were devastated and on their way back to Newcastle early.
“I don’t know where we finished in the points for the series but it would be in the top 10 for sure” Disney went on to say.
The Late Models take a break this week as the Australian Championship’s are being run in WA and a number of competitors are representing the state in this prestigious event.
Seasons commercial partners are as follows:
NJD Auto Service
Lake Macquarie Sheet Metal
Ansens Tyre and Auto
Steve Smith / Hawk Engines
Safe n Sound Self Storage