Late Models

Graham Murray Steals Round One

Article Courtesy of Late Model Racing Western Australia

Graham Murray yesterday stole victory on the final lap to claim the feature in round one of the 2019 Renegade Late Model Winter Series at Ellenbrook Speedway.

Murray drove a solid race to hold down second place for much of the distance, while Matt Amato was out in front for fourteen of the fifteen laps.

Unfortunately for Amato, who had earlier grabbed a win, a second and a third place in the three heats to qualify for the feature on pole position, his fuel pump gave up the ghost on the final circulation, seeing the entire field pass him in sight of the chequered flag.

Former Street Stock and Junior Sedan competitor Cody Avins rounded out a solid day coming home in second place after earlier grabbing a heat win while Carl Pickersgill, aboard the car he regularly crew chiefs on for wife Veronica McCann, came home third after also claiming a heat win.

The event was not without trouble, Rob Wells suffering the worst of it after his car made heavy contact with the concrete wall and got some significant air, but was luckily able to return for the next race.

Overall the drivers put on a good show, with excitement now turning to round two of the 2019 Renegade Late Model Winter Series to be held on the 8th of June 2019 at the Kellerberrin Speedway.

Contingency Awards
Renegade Pole Position – Matt Amato
DTN Hard Charger – Pat Van Brakel
Michael Holmes Racing Top Development Star – Graham Murray
CTM Recruitment Draw – Matt Amato

Official Results
Heat One, 8 laps: 1. 51 Matt Amato, 2. 20 Graham Murray, 3. 10 Cody Avins, 4. 22 Rhys Wells. DNF: 48 Mick Andrews (5), 31 Pat Van Brakel (1), 50 Carl Pickersgill (1), 54 David Nylander (1), 17 Daniel Green (1), 2 Rob Wells (1), 0 Dale Clark (0).

Heat Two, 8 laps: 1. 10 Cody Avins, 2. 20 Graham Murray, 3. 51 Matt Amato, 4. 50 Carl Pickersgill, 5. 54 David Nylander, 6. 0 Dale Clark, 7. 2 Rob Wells, 8. 22 Rhys Wells, 9. 48 Mick Andrews. DQ: 31 Pat Van Brakel. DNS: 17 Daniel Green.

Heat Three, 8 laps: 1. 50 Carl Pickersgill, 2. 51 Matt Amato, 3. 0 Dale Clark, 4. 20 Graham Murray, 5. 10 Cody Avins, 6. 22 Rhys Wells, 7. 31 Pat Van Brakel. DNF: 48 Mick Andrews (4), 54 David Nylander (1), 2 Rob Wells (1). DNS: 17 Daniel Green.

Feature, 15 laps: 1. 20 Graham Murray, 2. 10 Cody Avins, 3. 50 Carl Pickersgill, 4. 0 Dale Clark, 5. 54 David Nylander, 6. 31 Pat Van Brakel, 7. 22 Rhys Wells, 8. 51 Matt Amato. DNF: 2 Rob Wells (8). DNS: 17 Daniel Green, 48 Mick Andrews.

2019 Renegade Late Model Winter Series Points (After Round #1)
1. 20 Graham Murray 122
2. 10 Cody Avins 117
3. 51 Matt Amato 109
4. 50 Carl Pickersgill 109
5. 0 Dale Clark 102
6. 22 Rhys Wells 97
7. 54 David Nylander 94
8. 31 Pat Van Brakel 91
9. 2 Rob Wells 84
10. 48 Mick Andrews 51
11. 17 Daniel Green 50

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