Redpath claims Tas Title hat trick
For the third season in a row, Luke Redpath last Saturday night at Carrick Speedway picked up the Tasmanian Wingless Sprint Title spoils.
The Sassafras, Tasmania-based racer managed to qualify for the Tasmanian Title-deciding feature race from pole position and was then able to convert that into a victory by dominating every one of the 25-lap event.
Redpath paced the field for the entire distance and was never headed and went on to greet the chequered flag as a comfortable winner.
The lone interstate entrant of the Tasmanian Title was Queenslander Scott Thomsen. Driving for local car owner Tim McKinnell, Thomsen tried his best to reel in Redpath, who was helped by a mid-race caution but was unable to challenge for the lead after a mistake and consequently lost ground and had to settle for second.
Local runner Jacob Goodluck put in a career-best drive to complete the podium in third place, which bettered last season’s result of fifth.
Just missing out on the podium in fourth was Jamie Rolls ahead of Bradley Walkley and former Tasmanian Title holder Brad Whitchurch. The latter, who was regarded as one of the event’s favourites, crashed earlier in the night but managed to repair the car to record a sixth-place finish.
The remaining finishers were Josh Padman, Samuel Laing, Jake Power and Jason Taylor.
Troy Lewis was unable to finish the feature race, while Nicholas Curtin was a feature-race non-starter following dramas in his qualifying heat races.
The action in the qualifying heat races was thick and fast, with Padman, Redpath and Whitchurch sharing the wins. Despite not recording a win, the likes of Rolls, Laing, Thomsen and Goodluck performed strongly with various minor podium finishes.
Redpath has without a doubt been the form driver this season and it was one quite fitting that he came away with a Tasmanian Title hat trick of wins.
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