Another WSS podium for CDR. Jason Johnson tonight secured another podium finish for the Craft Disbury Racing team at tonight's fifth round of the World Series Sprintcar Championship at Victoria's Avalon Raceway. While Johnson once again shone...
Another WSS podium for CDR.
Jason Johnson tonight secured another podium finish for the Craft Disbury Racing team at tonight's fifth round of the World Series Sprintcar Championship at Victoria's Avalon Raceway.
While Johnson once again shone in the spotlight his team mate Brad Heywood had a night he'd rather forget.
Johnson, 27, put in his best qualifying effort for the Championship thus far placing third after the all important time trials and was a mere 0.05 of a second away from the fastest qualifying time. Heywood was just under half a second further back placing him 14th.
The heat races provided a mixed bag for the team with Johnson charging from 9th to third in his opener while Heywood endured a pair of non-finishes after contact with the wall and a driveline failure.
Following the heat races Johnson was the third highest pointscorer and when the inversion was drawn for the dash races he started on pole for the first dash to decide the inside row starting positions for the A-Main.
After two aborted starts and a third where Johnson was forced onto the infield by his fellow competitor the American was beaten off the line at the start and went on to claim second in the event.
With his disappointing heat race results Heywood was forced to battle for a starting spot in the A-Main through the sudden death B-Main event. Starting from 10th the former World Series Champion had made his way to be battling for a transfer spot before running high and tagging the wall ending his charge.
Starting from the inside second row of the 30-lap Main event Johnson slotted his Aussiefast Transport/STP Eagle into fourth exiting the opening turn, a position he held for the opening handful of laps.
Following a red flag stoppage early in the race he made his move for second in a sensational outside pass on both the third and fourth placed runners.
He then set about chasing down the race leader. Over the latter stages of the event Johnson was able to match the pace of the leader but unable to mount a challenge settling for second and a healthy swag of points towards the Championship chase.
Max Dumesny won the round followed by Johnson and Robbie Farr.
The next round of the World Series Sprintcar Championship will be held at Adelaide's Speedway City on December 26.
WHAT THE DRIVER'S SAID
"It was a pleasing result given it was new car for us tonight, it was a lot better than we have had for a little while.
The car reacted the right way to all the changes that we made to it throughout the night.
Getting another good load of points is good but the only way this Championship is going to be won is if we start winning races. I don't think we are far away from that though we just need to be in the right place at the right time."
"If you had to say that one out of the 15 nights in the Championship you were going to have a shocker of a night well tonight was mine.
It was that bad that even when I was getting towed out onto the track for a race the tow rope snapped.
All I can say that I hope that is all of our bad luck gone, with Jason at the opener and me here tonight. From here on it's up and forwards for the team."