Three seasons after clinching his first ever title victory, Ardie Jonic found himself back where it all began last Saturday night, repeating history by winning this season’s running of the Tasmanian Junior Sedan Title at Hobart Speedway.
Travelling over 2,300 kilometres south from his home in Ipswich, Queensland all the way across the Bass Strait to the Apple Isle, Jonic was eager to replicate his achievement from three seasons earlier, which was the foundation for what has since become an extremely successful speedway career.
Doing exactly that and continuing what has become a trend in title events, the Tasmanian Title couldn’t have been more positive for the 15-year-old driver who achieved a clean sweep, starting the feature race from pole position by virtue of winning each of his heat races, despite experiencing an exhaust issue throughout the night.
From there, Jonic could not be headed, leading the 20-lap distance from start to finish to collect his second Tasmanian Title crown and the 10th state title victory of his career.
“It was great to get back to Tasmania and reclaim the title. A lot has happened in the past three seasons, but this was the first place I was able to prove myself on a national scale, so it was really nice to come back,” expressed the Aus # 1 Daihatsu Charade pilot, who is also the current and two-time National Champion.
“I really enjoy racing down there and catching up with all of the local drivers, who I have to thank for some great, clean racing. I also have to say a big thanks to my nan and pop (Surelle and Lubo) for continuing to support my racing and making it possible for me to return to Tasmania and contest the title event.”
For his next appearance, Jonic will attempt to defend his Victorian Title during this season’s running of the event at Hamilton’s Western Speedway on April 26 and 27.
Jonic would also like to give special thanks to Speedway Sedans Tasmanian, his fellow Junior Sedan drivers and all of the officials for making the Tasmanian Title a great success.
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