17 March 2003 - Competing in his first South Australian Title, Brad Heywood came agonisingly close to claiming the victory at Mount Gambier's Borderline Speedway last Saturday night. In his opening two heat races Heywood raced his way to a...
17 March 2003 - Competing in his first South Australian Title, Brad Heywood came agonisingly close to claiming the victory at Mount Gambier's Borderline Speedway last Saturday night.
In his opening two heat races Heywood raced his way to a second and a third placed finish before dominating his final heat race that he won by more than half a lap.
The 45-year-old was equal second highest point scorer following the heat races to start from the inside third row for the 30-lap Title Final.
As the field roared into turn one Heywood maintained his third place to settle into a rhythm and challenge the second placed runner, Darryl Downing.
Just as the former World Series Sprintcars Champion moved into second place the yellow flag was displayed to recover for a car that had spun exiting turn four relegating Heywood back to third.
Within a handful of laps Heywood then charged into second and set about chasing down the race leader, Luke Dillon.
As Heywood was hounding the rear bumper of the race leader while negotiating lapped traffic Ashley Scott lost a wheel on the main straight bringing about the second caution of the event.
During this caution the officials relegated Heywood back to fourth alleging that he had used the infield to his advantage when making the pass for second.
With 9 laps remaining his chances at the victory were all but shot with this decision.
Heywood charged back to finish third within car lengths of second placed finisher, Downing as Dillon claimed the win.
Following discussions and an appeal after the event Heywood was reinstated to second place.
"The car was perfect, it was an absolute credit to the team. While I was in second I knew that I was quicker than Luke, especially in lapped traffic and I was just watching the laps and waiting for the perfect time to take the lead," said Heywood.
"It is just disappointing that we didn't have the opportunity to be where we should have been in the closing laps."
Team Owner, Darren Disbury was of a similar note while obviously disappointed not to claim the win was pleased with the performance by Heywood and the team.
"Brad did a great job for us tonight, everything was perfect throughout the night and we was very fast," commented Disbury.
"It is very frustrating to know we had such a good package but were unable to have a good shot for the lead when it counted.
"I also feel for Darryl because he crossed the line second to then be put back a spot through no fault of his own."
Disbury Family Racing will next be in action on April 5 at Riverview Speedway, Murray Bridge.