Since stepping into Microsprints four and a half seasons ago, Ernie Havas’ list of accolades has continued to increase, with the St Clair, NSW resident now adding last Saturday night’s Queensland Title to his resume.
Achieving a great deal in such a short amount of time, Havas has collected a host of impressive results during his Microsprint career, including scoring back to back NSW Club Championships this season, and previously winning the State Cup and the Isaacs Memorial. However, no result was more impressive than last season’s Australian Title victory at Narrabri’s Northwest Speedway.
While this season’s Australian Title at Toowoomba’s Hi-Tec Oils Speedway didn’t quite go as planned, with Havas coming home in eighth place, the determined racer kept his confidence intact heading into last Saturday night’s Queensland Title at Brisbane’s Archerfield Speedway.
Lining up in position four for the 15-lap Queensland Title-deciding feature race, by virtue of placing fourth, fifth and eighth in his heat races, Havas steadily worked his way forward, making his way into podium contention by lap seven.
From there, he held strong in third place, before being elevated to second when the race leader pulled to the infield, later moving into the lead with just two laps remaining when the car ahead of him also retired.
While it wasn’t the most climactic victory for Havas, his composed race allowed him to be in the right place at the right time to inherit the lead, with his strong setup and consistent pace being enough to earn him the Queensland Title crown.
“While you never want to see fellow racers drop out, it’s part and parcel of speedway and you have to put yourself in a position to be in reach of the lead, so I’m thrilled to come away with the Queensland Title win,” expressed Havas, who placed third in this season’s NSW Title, off the back of a runner-up finish in last season’s running of the event.
“Last Saturday night was definitely a great way to bounce back after being unable to defend the Australian Title. We’re still just as competitive as ever and we’re already looking forward to getting back out on track next season.”
In the upcoming 2019-20 season, Havas plans to contest a similar schedule, participating in each of the title and blue-ribbon events.
Havas would like to thank the following 2018-19 season sponsors for their valued support: Carburettor & E.F.I. Services – Blacktown (Ross Carulli), Force Hydraulics – Penrith, Svank Custom Resprays, Excite Motorsports – Penrith, ATE Race Engines, and new sponsor Excite Signs.
Special thanks go to Havas’s crew chief and current full-time Australian Formula 4 Championship mechanic Andrew Marczenko, his biggest supporter in his mum Marta, his children Lauren, Chad and Sophie, and pit crew member Liz, along with Angela Devlin and Jeffrey Cathro from the Queensland Microsprint club for putting together such a great Queensland Title, and both the Queensland and NSW clubs for working together.