In recent times, Qld sprintcar racer Ricky Mitchell has come away from Brisbane International Speedway a dejected man, seemingly the innocent victim of other people's crashes. His last visit to the venue, the WSS event in January, ended against...
In recent times, Qld sprintcar racer Ricky Mitchell has come away from Brisbane International Speedway a dejected man, seemingly the innocent victim of other people's crashes. His last visit to the venue, the WSS event in January, ended against the back straight wall where his #19 Premier Auto Parts Stealth racer suffered major damage, damage that could've ended his season prematurely. But on February 16, he left a happy man after cruising to the win in the 25 lap Feature event, repaying the faith shown in him by his father/car owner Peter and his crew of tireless workers.
Mitchell took over the front running on lap eight after leader Cameron Gessner and second place runner Peter Thorley were both taken out of the event in controversial circumstances while running in lapped traffic. Gessner, who had dominated the opening laps and looked well in control of the race, hit a spinning lapped car after trying to sneak through on the bottom and the impact forced the lapped car back into the path of Thorley, taking all three cars out of the race. From the restart, Mitchell, who had already worked his way into third from his fourth row starting position was never headed and patiently worked the lapped traffic over the remaining laps to his advantage, taking the chequered flag ahead of Adam Tulloch and Kathy Kelly with Phil Foster and Jason Macdonald completing the top five.
Heat race wins went to Ross Tulloch, Adam Tulloch (2) and Phil Foster while Jason Maccdonald took the win in the 12 lap OzSprintcar final.
1. Ross Tulloch 2. Cameron Gessner 3. Adam Mackenzie 4. Jason Botton 5. Brock Dean
1. Adam Tulloch 2. Phil Foster 3. Peter Thorley 4. Ricky Mitchell 5. Kathy Kelly 6. Craig Stevenson
1. Adam Tulloch 2. Peter Thorley 3. Cameron Gessner 4. Adam Mackenzie 5. Brock Dean 6. Craig Stevenson
1. Phil Foster 2. Ross Tulloch 3. Ricky Mitchell 4. Kathy Kelly 5. Jason Botton
1. Adam Tulloch 2. Cameron Gessner 3. Ross Tulloch 4. Adam Mackenzie 5. Phil Foster 6. Peter Thorley
1. Ricky Mitchell 2. Adam Tulloch 3. Kathy Kelly 4. Phil Foster 5. Jason Macdonald 6. Ross Tulloch 7. Doug Cavill 8. Alan Woods 9. Wes Wright 10. Craig Stevenson