GOT IT: Max Clarke won the third round of the modified sedan IBRP Golden Helmet Series. Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times
GOT IT: Max Clarke won the third round of the modified sedan IBRP Golden Helmet Series. Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times Keagan Elder

Max effort scores victory

MAX Clarke had no idea how much he had won by in the IBRP Golden Helmet Series.

The Grafton driver led the modified sedan feature final from the start but it was not his ideal place to start.

"That's the worst thing about being in front, you don't know what's happening behind you," Clarke said.

For most of the race Clarke was pressured by Kings Royal winner Gavin Fletcher in a fast and furious battle for the lead.

"It was the longest 25 laps I've done," Clarke said.

All Clarke had to rely on was his ears and peripheral vision to work out where Ipswich's Fletcher was.

"It's always a bit of a mental game," he said.

Clarke was able to hold the lead through the tough opening laps as the big field of drivers looked for a way passed.

As the laps wore on more and more drivers could not carry on through mechanical issues.

Fletcher was one of the drivers who burned out in the last few laps and was forced to make his way into the middle oval as smoke started to rise from his engine.

Clarke said he was lucky he suffered no mechanical issues on the Kingaroy track.

"Normally something breaks or falls off," he said.

Clarke's win in the third round of the IBRP Golden Helmet Series marked the first he had on Kingaroy's track.

This win placed Clarke in good contention for the modified sedan Australian Title to be held in Lismore over the Anzac weekend.

Greg Worling struggled in the heats.Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times
Greg Worling struggled in the heats.Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times Keagan Elder

Worling burns out

SERIES leader Greg Worling could not match his last round performance after he fell short in the IBRP Golden Helmet Series heats.

The Lismore driver won the second round in Kingaroy on December 5 but said he did a lot better in the heats.

"In the last round I had, I had good heats," Worling said.

On Saturday Worling won his first heat but came fourth and sixth in the next two. These results had him start eighth on the grid which proved too far to catch up to winner Max Clarke.

Worling said the Kingaroy track on Saturday was a challenge as it offered two different surfaces on the inner and outer lines.

"It's got a mixture, it's very slick on the inside and the outside it's quite rough," he said.

"You're trying to tune (the car) to two different tracks."

Worling finished sixth in the modified sedan feature final.

Matty Smith won the junior sedans to protect his lead in the Queensland series.Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times
Matty Smith won the junior sedans to protect his lead in the Queensland series.Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times Keagan Elder

Matty holds on

QUEENSLAND number one and Northern Territory titleholder Matty Smith proved his dominance yet again.

The 16-year-old driver from Toowoomba stormed through the junior sedan final to narrowly beat nearest rival Ardie Jonic.

Ardie was one of the drivers Matty was concerned about along with Daniel Johnson.

But Matty was able to use the track conditions to his favour to overtake Ardie midway through the 15-lap final and hold him off to the end.

As the last year Matty will race in the junior sedans, he is on the hunt for as many titles as he can before he moves up into either the production or modified sedans.

"I'm head to Victoria next month to do the Victoria Titles," Matty said.

"And the Queensland Titles are in June in Cairns."

Matty finished fourth at the Australian Titles in Tasmania but was disqualified after he accidentally ran the wrong tyres.

Results

Modified sedan - IBRP Golden Helmet Series

  • 1st Max Clarke
  • 2nd Gavin Lorensen
  • 3rd Peter Gray

Junior sedans - Jonic Motors Allstars Series

  • 1st Matty Smith
  • 2nd Ardie Jonic
  • 3rd Bryce Lack

Street stocks

  • 1st Stephen English
  • 2nd Brad Mendes
  • 3rd Nic Stein

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  • 1st Ben Stead
  • 2nd Thomas Fuller
  • 3rd Cameron Taylor
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