Atkin collects second victory
Atkin, 30, took out the epic 50 lap final of the Street Sedans Saturday night, adding to his victory in the event last year.
Atkin was unavailable for comment yesterday, but Gympie Saloon Car Club publicity officer Paul Vella spoke about the race.
“The street sedans drew a large field of cars and a lot of testosterone was let loose on the track over the qualifying heats,” he said.
Neil Keldoulis accumulated the most points during the heats to start on poll, but opted to start his quest for glory from the back of the field after accepting a cash incentive in the “back of the bus challenge”.
The final itself was full of speedway drama, including a huge accident that caused Ben Foster grief on lap 35.
The incident stopped the race momentarily as the ambulance responded to the situation.
Foster was later taken to hospital for observation.
Despite the distractions, Atkin held his nerve to receive the chequered flag first, followed by Brandon O’Keefe and Doug Rigby.
Meanwhile, Aiden Raymont enjoyed a victory over Todd Doyle to win the Modified Production.
Gavin Lorenson was pushed back into third after falling short in a thrilling battle against Doyle.
In the Junior Street Sedans, Queensland champion Brad Jennings had the win slip through his fingers when he traded paint with Jayden Peacock, leaving a clear passage for Ryan Packer to claim his first feature win.
Allen Nottage was another standout, driving with precision to collect his maiden Super Street feature win, fending off challenges from Steve Cook and Neil Keldoulis.