Podium success for Kingaroy racer
MOTOR SPORT: Kingaroy based racer Peter Thompson was pleased to come away with a third-place result recently in the Northern Territory Street Stock Title at Arunga Park Speedway, after what was a difficult feature race and an exciting finish.
Clinching last season's NSW Title at Gilgandra Speedway after a late-race charge for the lead, Thompson continues to feature strongly in title events, showing good pace from the outset of the NT Title, placing second, third and sixth in his heat races.
For the NT Title deciding feature race, Thompson started from position 11 and was then able to adapt to the track conditions well, looking after his car for the 25-lap event and making his way through the field and into third place, behind current National Champion Rhys Heinrich and Jason Duell.
"I'm over the moon to come away with third place in the NT Title," said Thompson.
The penultimate lap saw race leader Heinrich blow a tyre, gifting the lead to Duell, who went on to claim the win, despite suffering a steering rack failure as he crossed the finish line.
Thompson quickly set about trying to overtake Heinrich, moving to the outside of the track, where he almost managed to edge out the latter, but was forced to settle for third, as Heinrich kept him at bay by the smallest of margins.
"It was a very exciting finish and I thought I might have a chance to steal second place but we narrowly missed out,” he said.
"We had solid pace all night, which was evident in our feature-race result, so the long trip to Alice Springs was definitely worth it!"
Following the NT Title, Thompson was planning to race at Coal Capital Speedway in Blackwater, Central Queensland, which will also be the site of this season's Queensland Title in March.
Unfortunately the meeting was cancelled due to inclement weather and Thompson has since returned home to Kingaroy.
Racing is a family affair for the Thompson's with Peter's daughter Josie placing fifth in her first race at home for the season in the Street Stocks at Kingaroy Speedway on October 14.
Thompson is thankful for the support of local businesses that are keeping him on the track and racing for the 2017-18 season.