King of modified sedans claims Royal
SPEEDWAY: Australian champion Matty Smith proved he is the king of modified sedan racing on Saturday night winning the Kings Royal.
At 18 years old Smith is the youngest winner of the Kingaroy event.
"Coming into the weekend we were expecting to make the A main (final) and have a good weekend but it is a bonus to get the win,” he said.
"It is pretty unreal, I don't know what to say really.”
It is the richest modified sedan race in Australia with Smith winning $10,000 across the line.
"It will go back into the racing,” he said.
After two nights of intense qualifying it all came down to the 50 lap A main final.
Smith started the final in pole position after beating Kingaroy's Brett Barron, the top point scorer in qualifying, in the pole shuffle.
Smith got the early jump in the 50 lap race before Western Australian Clint Noakes got in the lead midway through the race.
Smtih eventually got back into the lead to run away with the race.
Noakes was able to hang on from a fast finishing Rodney Pammenter who came from 14th position.
Victorian Matt Nelson finished fourth just ahead of Mark Raymont who started the final race in pole position 24 in a borrowed car as he blew the engine in his normal ride.
Leading into the final night of racing Kingaroy veteran Brett Barron was at the top of the leader board but component failure in the A final means he will try for the podium again next year.
"We were sitting highest scorer leading into the third night and it went down hill from there,” he said.
"To have two days worth of heats and collecting the points to be on top out of 75 drivers, I was pretty chuffed.
"We were really happy with the weekend with the age of the car.”
In 30 years of racing at Kingaroy it was the biggest crowd Barron has seen at the track with 8000 people in attendance across the three days.
"The weather was great, the racing was great and the supporters were excellent,” Barron said.
The club will attract more interstate drivers at next year's Kings Royal as drivers prepare for the modified sedan Australian titles at Kingaroy in April 2019.
"It was an excellent meeting for the cars to dial in and they will be able to go away from here and when they come back,” Barron said.