WSS: Ian Lewis Racing rounds 14, 15 report

Two Consistent A-Main Runs For Lewis This week 'The Fly' has competed in the opening race at Heartland Raceway and Mildura Speedway where he made both feature races after impressive drives in each event. On Wednesday, Ian Lewis Racing...

Two Consistent A-Main Runs For Lewis

This week 'The Fly' has competed in the opening race at Heartland Raceway and Mildura Speedway where he made both feature races after impressive drives in each event.

On Wednesday, Ian Lewis Racing travelled to Echuca for round fourteen of the series where the team were fresh off their second place result from the previous weekend. 'The Fly' qualified the Komatsu Used Equipment, Adtrans, Camden Neon Signs, J&J Auto Racing car in seventh place with a 15.241 second lap.

On a very dry Heartland Raceway the heat races saw Lewis start ninth in heat one where he finished eighth and started tenth in heat two to finish in seventh.

With the drivers coming to a mutual agreement to not hold any dash races so that tyres could be preserved for the A-Main later in the night, Lewis would start out of position eleven.

'The Fly' had an early battle with Terry Bracken on his way into the top ten and continued to push on before having a brief attempt at a pass on Danny Reidy.

As the laps dwindled in number Lewis had a tough battle on his hand with Robbie Farr before Farr eventually got through and Jason Johnson was in close pursuit behind.

Lewis finished the Komatsu Used Equipment, Adtrans, Camden Neon Signs, J&J Auto Racing car an equal WSS season best with the position of eighth with a half a second lead over Johnson at the chequered flag.

"It would have been good to have ran that bit higher up the order, however not many drivers out front retired so we had to settle for eighth, but we were very competitive tonight," stated Lewis.

Last night the team contested the second to last round of the series at Mildura's Timmis Speedway where 'The Fly' qualified fourteenth fastest.

The two heat races were a tough affair as Lewis recorded seventh and sixth position in each heat, which forced the team to prepare for a hard B-Main effort from a starting position of eleventh.

Needing to finish in the top six to make the transfer into the A-Main 'The Fly' received the worst possible start when he got caught up behind Ken Veal and rode over his left rear tyre which put the Komatsu Used Equipment, Adtrans, Camden Neon Signs, J&J Auto Racing car into a spin and ultimately resulted in a caution.

The full race restart now saw Lewis at the rear of the fifteen car field however with the odds stacked against him, 'The Fly' provided a thrilling drive for fans and the team as he clawed his way into sixth position and thus earned an A-Main start.

"Well the B-Main sure got harder then it needed to be, but we made it, that's the main thing."

Starting from last in the A-Main was always going to be a battle for Lewis to not go a lap down on the leaders, however with no early caution periods to bunch the field up this eventually occurred around one third of the race distance and 'The Fly' stayed out to record fourteenth position.

"Starting from last we really needed a lot of luck with cautions to keep the leaders off our tails, but that didn't happen, so fourteenth is alright."

The team now head to the final round of the gruelling sixteen round series at Speedway City tonight.

Ian Lewis Racing is sponsored by Komatsu Used Equipment, Adtrans Truck Centre, Camden Neon Signs, J&J Auto Racing, Cascade, The Metric Men, Radum and Transport Equipment Hire.

-www.ianlewisracing.com

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Series Sprint
Drivers Jason Johnson