USA sprintcar star Daryn Pittman returned to Brisbane International Speedway on January 9 and claimed his second Feature event at the venue in as many starts, adding the Australian Sprintcar Open to his impressive list of titles, a list that ...
USA sprintcar star Daryn Pittman returned to Brisbane International Speedway on January 9 and claimed his second Feature event at the venue in as many starts, adding the Australian Sprintcar Open to his impressive list of titles, a list that includes the 2001 World Of Outlaws Gumout Series Championship. It was a hard fought and sweet victory for Pittman, having first run down former Qld Sprintcar Champion Tony Bridge and then holding off the tenacious Brent Kaeding in the dying laps to secure the win by only a few car lengths.
Pittman enjoyed a near perfect night of racing at the Brisbane Raceway, with a win and second place finish in the Heat races giving him highest points going into the six lap Trophy Dash, an event he won from Bridge, Kaeding and fellow American Ryan Flynn. Bridge however was not to be denied his chance to shine and quickly opened up a sizeable lead in the opening laps of the 25 lap main event from his outside front row starting position, leaving the Americans in his wake and battling for the minor positions.
On lap eight Bridge's early lead came to nothing when Ross Tulloch spun in turn four as the leaders put him a lap down, with Flynn lucky to escape damage as his Maxim racer tangled with Tulloch after Bridge, Pittman and Kaeding had all squeezed by. With the wind in his face Bridge soon cleared away again, the quartet of Americans, including Destiney Hays, having no answer to Bridge's speed until they entered lapped traffic once again. It was here that Pittman showed his vast experience and set up an outside pass for the lead in turn one after Bridge elected to go back to the bottom of the racetrack and defend his line. Kaeding too found room on the outside of Bridge on the back straight and in an unbelievable move in turns three and four, swept around the outside of both Bridge and the lapped car of Doug Cavill, banging the concrete wall with his right rear wheel as the three cars ran side by side onto the front straight. Kaeding's move into second position opened up the opportunity for he and Pittman to attend to unfinished business form the January 2 event at BIS, the two going head to head again over the remaining eight laps to see who would reign supreme. Once again it was Kaeding who was the more agressive, running high on the racetrack where no other would dare, but Pittman's skillful use of lapped traffic was enough to hold the big Californian at bay for the second event in succession.
Bridge meanwhile was coming under increasing pressure from Ryan Flynn and succumbed to the USA 1 Maxim with only a handful of laps remaining, the Americans enjoying a rare clean sweep of the podium. For Tony Bridge it was a race that got away from him but a satisfying run nonetheless, showing that his #24 Avenger has the pace at BIS ahead of the World Series Sprintcar shows at the venue on January 11/12. Destiney Hays rounded out the top five placings in her USA 20 Maxim.
Heat race wins were shared between Bridge, Pittman, Phil Foster and Brock Dean, while the twelve lap OzSprintcar Final was won by Doug Cavill.
1. Tony Bridge 2. Ryan Flynn 3. Brent Kaeding 4. Adam Tulloch
1. Daryn Pittman 2. Phil Foster 3. Brock Dean 4. Destiney Hays 5. Ross Tulloch
1. Phil Foster 2. Daryn Pittman 3. Tony Bridge 4. Adam Mackenzie 5. Ross Tulloch
1. Brock Dean 2. Brent Kaeding 3. Ryan Flynn 4. Destiney Hays 5. Adam Tulloch
1. Daryn Pittman 2. Tony Bridge 3. Brent Kaeding 4. Ryan Flynn 5. Phil Foster 6. Brock Dean
1. Daryn Pittman 2. Brent Kaeding 3. Ryan Flynn 4. Tony Bridge 5. Destiney Hays 6. Phil Foster 7. Adam Mackenzie 8. Doug Cavill 9. Ross Tulloch 10. Adam Tulloch 11. Alan Woods 12. Ben Wright