There was plenty of reason to celebrate for Storer brothers Daniel and Luke following last Saturday night’s South Australian Wingless Sprint Title at Murray Bridge Speedway, with the duo asserting their dominance to clinch first and second place respectively.
The 2018-19 season just keeps on getting better for Portland, Victoria-based brothers Daniel and Luke, with their accolades so far including multiple feature-race wins and minor podium finishes, including a pair of top-10 finishes in the recent Australian Championship at Warrnambool’s Premier Speedway.
While Luke, the younger of the brothers, tasted state title victory earlier this season in the Victorian Title at Geelong’s Avalon Raceway, it was Daniel’s turn to experience his maiden state title victory last Saturday night, doing so in spectacular fashion after lining up on the outside of the third row for the South Australian Title-deciding feature race, directly behind Luke, who qualified fourth.
Sitting in fourth place behind Luke for the majority of the 30-lap distance, it wasn’t until the closing five laps that Daniel was able to make his move. Preparing for a restart with just five laps remaining, by virtue of a red light stoppage caused by a crash, Daniel immediately took to the top of the track, driving around his brother and current and four-time Western Australian Champion Tom Payet.
Continuing that momentum, Daniel wasted no time in chasing down race leader and defending South Australian Champion Joel Chadwick, once again utilising the high line to drive around him, ultimately pipping him for first place where he was able to remain for the final four laps to greet the chequered flag as the deserving winner.
Having also made the most of the restart, following Daniel through and leaving Payet in his wake, Luke’s forward surge came at the right time, as he too picked off Chadwick for second place with just two laps remaining, making it another 1-2 finish for the team.
“We were absolutely stoked with the win! We really took a chance at the top of the track and it could have gone either way but thankfully, it paid off,” enthused Daniel, who pilots the Vic # 43 Castrol Edge supported car.
“Luke finishing second and joining me on the podium makes it so much more special for the entire team and really shows us that we’re on the right track this season. Along with the rest of the team and family, I have to say a big thanks to David Schulz, who helped us iron out some bugs with the car and made the South Australian Title that much more achievable.”
On the opening night of competition, Daniel picked up a pair of seconds and a sixth in his heat races, while Luke scored a win, a fourth and a second-place finish. This saw Luke qualify third for the preliminary feature race, with Daniel starting from position eight, going on to finish third and fourth respectively.
Heading into Saturday night’s competition third and sixth on points, the final heat races resulted in a third-place finish for Daniel and a second for Luke, cementing their starting positions for the all-important feature race.
This Saturday night, Luke is looking forward to racing at the Perth Motorplex in Western Australia aboard the Travis Clark-owned car, while Daniel will be contesting the fifth Super Series round at Hamilton’s Western Speedway.
The following Saturday night (April 6), the Storer brothers will be back in action for the re-run of the New South Wales Title at Sydney’s Valvoline Raceway, while Luke will be making his Speedcar debut aboard Tim Fisher’s car on the Saturday night of April 13.
The Storer Motorsport team would like to thank their 2018-19 season sponsors: Castrol Edge, Bill Storer Motors, Repco – Portland, The Royal Hotel – Portland, Allstar Graphics, Wurth Australia, and RPC Auto Electrical. Special thanks must go out to the team’s hard-working pit crew, along with all of their family and friends.
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