Interstater Sam Brumfield emerged victorious at last Saturday night’s Wild Wayne 20-20 Street Stock event at Arunga Park Speedway in Alice Springs.
Brumfield, from Murray Bridge in South Australia, was in great form throughout the night, dominating both 20 lap events and adding his name to the winner’s list in the prestigious event.
The Wild Wayne 20-20 event, now in its fifth year, celebrates the life of Wayne Cullenane who tragically passed away in January 2013. Cullenane was a former racer himself, based in Alice Springs and scored a podium finish at the 1992 National Street Stock Title.
A great field of 18 cars were present for the event which included cars from Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Darwin and it was Brumfield, driving for Tennent Creek-based racer Colin Fry, who was on pole position for the opening 20-lap race, after he had dominated all three of his heat races.
Campaigning a VE Holden Commodore, which was built for the National Street Stock Title in Adelaide Motorsport Park (SA) earlier this season, Brumfield swooped into the lead at the drop of the green flag, for the opening 20-lap race. Despite plenty of pressure from second placed and local Rod Berry, Brumfield held on for the opening segment.
Second to the line was Berry. Trying everything to get passed Brumfield, Berry came up just short at the chequered flag. Completing the top three was fellow Alice Springs racer Eric Donaldson.
The field lined up for the last 20-lap segment, traveling the opposite direction, as per the finishing results from race one. This put Brumfield back on pole position with Berry alongside followed by Donaldson and Darwin’s lone entrant Simon Spitzbath.
Once again Brumfield drove away but sadly for Berry, a deflated right-rear tyre put pay to his chances. As the race began to hit the closing stages, Brumfield was struggling with a bad vibration in the rear end. Fending off a challenge from Spitzbath in the last five laps as the duo hit lapped traffic meant Brumfield, contesting his first Wild Wayne 20-20, took the win. Spitzbath settled for second and Donaldson claimed third in the non-stop second segment.
“It means quite a lot to win a memorial race,” a jubilant Brumfield expressed, who had the previous weekend finished second in the Queensland Street Stock Title.
“To win in such a competitive field of almost 20 cars was great and to win driving for my good friend Colin Fry made it even better, especially with the form we are enjoying aboard the new Holden Commodore.”
Other feature-race winners on the night were Shane Cole (Sprintcars), Garth Thompson (Speedcars), Joe Orr (Formula 500s), Trae Cole (Wingless Sprints), Simon Nicol (Bombers), Karl White (Junior Sedans - All Stars) and Mitchell Sanders (Junior Sedans - Rising Stars).
Arunga Park Speedway would like to thank the following 2017-18 season sponsors: TDC Refrigeration & Electrical, Tregea Landscaping and Garden Maintenance, Complete Fencing, Cold Zap Air Refrigeration & Electrical Services, Caltex, Tilmouth Well Roadhouse, Alice Springs Metal Recyclers, Cozens Johansen Lawyers, Repco - Alice Springs, G&S Transport, Outback Vehicle Recovery, and Ray Tebeck Auto Electrics.
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Arunga Park Speedway 2017-18 Season Calendar:
Big Al World Bomber Title, Junior Sedans, Street Stocks
NT v SA Demolition Derby