BACK ON TOP: Ben Stead won his first feature since he recovered from his back injury.Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times
BACK ON TOP: Ben Stead won his first feature since he recovered from his back injury.Photo Keagan Elder / South Burnett Times Keagan Elder

Stead seals his first win since broken back recovery

BEN Stead returned to form on Saturday night to win his first feature since he broke his back in Lismore last January.

The 22-year-old was lost for words and looked overwhelmed after he won the National 4's Feature Race.

"It's good," Stead said.

Stead had to overcome a lot of barriers to get him back on the podium which was further hampered by a string of mechanical errors over the past year.

But at Saturday's speedway meet, the Kingaroy driver finally regained his confidence as he took the lead of the small field of four-cylinders on his home track.

Stead said he able to tuck away the fear which had overtaken him in previous meets of going through another big crash and slowed him down.

"Tonight (on Saturday) I was like I'm here to race," Stead said.

This boost in confidence had Stead win the feature comfortably against a group of experienced drivers such as four-cylinder Queensland Champion Rodney Midolo.

Stead said he had a sense he might have done well before he had even crossed the chequered flag based on the results of his previous two races.

"I came in the top five in the last two features," he said.

"I came third in Gatton and fifth in Gympie."

Stead said his newly fitted-out Honda was in top form and was confident going into his next race in Toowoomba on April 23.

"This is a brand new car. This is only the third feature it finished," he said.

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

National 4s - four-cylinders

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