While newly-crowned V8 Dirt Modified 5 Star Dirt Series Champion Chris Corbett carried a nice point buffer into the seventh and final series round at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway recently, which allowed him to remain atop the point standings to claim the overall win, his journey to 5 Star success certainly wasn’t always easy.
Piloting multiple cars throughout his 5 Star Dirt Series campaign, which saw him compete throughout his home state of New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria and Western Australia, Corbett proved that versatility was one of his strong suits.
Getting the series underway in challenging fashion at Lismore Speedway with the NSW Title, Corbett experienced a turbulent run during the feature race, doing well to make his way forward to a sixth-place finish, but it was during the second series round at Maryborough Speedway that he managed to claw back some solid points.
Placing third in the Queensland Title for the fourth consecutive season, Corbett’s decision to play his wild card, which would earn him double points for the round, proved to be a fruitful one, elevating him to second place in the point standings.
Not contesting the Victorian Title at Moama’s Heartland Raceway back in March, the first of two Victorian rounds, the 21-year-old driver needed to make up some ground during round four, travelling south to Geelong’s Avalon Raceway where he guest drove the Mark Topperwien-owned Vic # 23 car during the Garden State Shield, clinching his second 5 Star Dirt Series podium with a third-place finish.
Returning to his home state for the series’ Sydney swing, Corbett enjoyed a strong performance at Valvoline Raceway, ultimately greeting the chequered flag in fourth, before making the long trek to Kalgoorlie International Speedway where he was set to pilot the ex-Raz Pederson Troyer that had recently been purchased by fellow NSW-based driver Marley Weller.
Qualifying in pole position for the WA Title-deciding feature race, which also offered double series points, Corbett did well to maintain his composure throughout the distance, crossing the finish line in first place to win the first title event of his career and also bank some extremely valuable points.
Although his 5 Star Dirt Series didn’t end the way he would have wanted it to, suffering an unfortunate DNF during the feature race at Archerfield Speedway, Corbett’s consistency was enough to cement his front-running position in the final series point standings.
Dirt Modifieds Australia would like to congratulate Corbett on his 5 Star Dirt Series victory and thank him for his participation and enthusiasm.
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