(Nathan Camilleri, center tops the 2019 Australian Championship podium with Rob Rawlings and Glenn Mitchell / Photo Credit : Gary Reid)
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA : There’s nothing quite like a clean sweep in any race meeting, let alone the biggest event on the calendar, and that’s exactly what Nathan Camilleri got to experience during last Saturday night’s Australian Legend Car Title at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway, proving unstoppable and earning his new Australia # 1 status.
Not only did the Australian Title boast a formidable field of drivers from throughout the host state, the Australian Capital Territory and Queensland, an international flavour was also added by a driver all the way from Germany, making the event an extremely competitive one indeed.
To say that Camilleri was in strong form during the Australian Title would be quite the understatement, with the 23-year-old driving to victory in each of his three heat races, which was enough to earn him the pole position start for the 25-lap feature race.
While he was forced to endure a battle with fellow front-row starter Glenn Mitchell off the starting line, Camilleri refused to give up his position out in front, surging into the lead and going on to lead for the remainder of the distance to clinch the win.
There was no shortage of action for Rob Rawlings Jnr, who certainly didn’t make his way towards the front of the field the easy way, becoming involved in continued battles with Troy Bolton (ACT) and Liam Camilleri (Nathan’s younger brother) throughout the duration to eventually come away with what was well and truly a hard-fought second place. This continued what has been a recent string of front-running performances for Rawlings, Jr.
After losing out to Nathan Camilleri at the drop of the green flag, Mitchell looked likely to clinch the runner-up spot after sitting there for the majority of the race. However, it was just four laps from the finish line that he was forced to relinquish his spot to Rawlings Jnr, who proved his skill as a driver by successfully executing a daring pass on Mitchell, who greeted the chequered flag in third place.
Coming home just outside of the podium in what was a career-best performance was Bolton, who did extremely well to regain some positions after falling back to ninth in the middle stages of the race. Bolton was followed home by Dylan Goodger.
After a busy feature race fighting for position, Liam Camilleri got the briefest taste of podium contention on lap 24 but was unfortunately unable to make it stick, slipping back to sixth place, followed by Matt Gordon (Qld), Nathan Moreau, Dalton Rowell and John Egan (ACT).
Remaining feature-race finishers included Cameron Jewell, David Browne, Greg Thompson (ACT), Keanu Palma, Matt Elliott, Ashley Hodak (ACT), Clinton Mckenzie and Kirsten Kane.
No less than six drivers had their Australian Title hopes dashed prematurely, the most notable of which had to be Adam Parker and Graham Keats, who has been two of the leading contenders heading into the event. They were joined on the infield by Sean Rooney (ACT), Marcel Berndt (Germany), Ian Jones (Qld) and Bruce Alderson.
Going three from three, Nathan Camilleri was the best in the earlier heat races, closely followed by Mitchell and Rawlings Jnr, who each picked up a pair of wins, with remaining wins going the way of Rowell and Bolton.
Following a difficult qualifying performance, the B main saw Parker emerge victorious to earn his transfer spot into the feature race, along with Jones, Palma and Hodak.
This season’s Australian Legend Cars Title was proudly sponsored by Tahmoor Rural Service. To find out more about them, visit their website www.tahmoorruralservices.com, call them on 0418 427 419 or LIKE them on Facebook by searching Tahmoor Rural Services.
Special thanks go to the Legend Cars Australia team for all of their ongoing hard work and support of the Legend Car class. For more information, visit www.legendcarsaustralia.com.au or LIKE them on Facebook by searching Speedway Legend Cars Australia.
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2019 Australian Legend Car Championship Feature – Results :
- Nathan Camilleri (#69N)
- Rob Rawlings (#60N)
- Glenn Mitchell (#41N)
- Troy Bolton (#2C)
- Dylan Goodger (#14N)
- Liam Camilleri (#19N)
- Matt Gordon (#92Q)
- Nathan Moreau (#29N)
- Dalton Rowell (#74N)
- John Egan (#47C)
- Cameron Jewell (#31N)
- David Browne (#55N)
- Greg Thompson (#63C)
- Keanu Palma (#17N)
- Matt Elliott (#2N)
- Ashley Hodak (#13C)
- Clinton McKenzie (#18N)
- Kirsten Kane (#22N)
- Grahame Keats (#75N)
- Sean Rooney (#97C)
- Marcel Berndt (#99I)
- Ian Jones (#95Q)
- Adam Parker (#38N)
- Bruce Alderson (#86N)
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