Chris Pagel looks to overtake rival Doug Rigby around the outside.
Chris Pagel looks to overtake rival Doug Rigby around the outside. LEEROY TODD

'Survival' of the fastest

Motorsport: Wet weather did not stop the speedway going ahead as the crowd enjoyed an exciting night of racing on Saturday.

The inaugural running of the Radio Zinc 96.1 Production Sedan Race of Champions attracted a large field of the best drivers in the division but ultimately it was Chris Pagel who took out first place.

Pagel was awarded the win after finishing the dashes on equal points with Josh Crang.

Pagel recorded the fastest lap time during the final with a mere six one hundredth of a second separating the two after the checkered flag was waved.

Three rounds of heats were run to gain points for the qualifying mini-feature events.

The heat racing action was almost unbelievable.

WINNERS: All smiles for Chris Pagel (1st), Josh Crang (2nd), Jarrod Peacock (3rd) and Dayne Francis (4th) who made the podium for the inaugural Radio Zinc Production Sedan Race of Champions.
WINNERS: All smiles for Chris Pagel (1st), Josh Crang (2nd), Jarrod Peacock (3rd) and Dayne Francis (4th) who made the podium for the inaugural Radio Zinc Production Sedan Race of Champions.

There were seven different heat winners over the nine heats.

Crang and Jim Cowley secured two heat wins while Brett Baxter, Doug Rigby, Dayne Francis, Sarah Franz and Pagel also recorded maximum heat points.

The qualifying mini feature events saw the heat point scores divided into odd and even positions.

The two qualifying races continued with the close, fast no-holds-barred racing.

Pagel and Jarrod Peacock qualified from the first mini feature.

Crang and Francis survived the chaos of the second to qualify.

The production sedan feature turned out to be a survival event after such a hectic night of racing in the division.

Daniel Henshaw finished his night on a high by recording a feature win.

Relative newcomer Rick Hazelgrove came home in second place, while Sarah Franz completed a good night in third.

Production cars were not the only ones to carve up the mountain, a good field of national 4's nominated, with the weather being the only problem for the drivers.

Tim Weir in the fire breathing Ford Sierra was the one to beat.

The acceleration of this incredible car up the main straight on the mountain, needs to be seen to be believed.

Weir won two of his three heats and the final to cap a great night for him.

Hayden Turner recorded the only defeat of Weir during the third round of heats.

Turner completed a good night for him by coming home third in the feature final in his Wendy's Toyota Corolla.

Brock Hancock in his immaculate Mitsubishi Lancer had a tough night in the heats but managed to get it all together in the final racing to second place.

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