Young-gun lo­cal Swindells ad­vances in fan­tas­tic feat

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ARDIE Jonic held onto his lead from the first day of rac­ing at the Na­tional Ju­nior Sedan Ti­tle to suc­cess­fully de­fend his top-of-the-podium po­si­tion for an­other year at Fraser Shores Mary­bor­ough Speed­way on Sun­day night.

The race leader was chased down to the line by Queens­land driver Braith Ho­gan fol­lowed by Vic­to­rian Todd Moule how­ever Jonic weaved through lapped traf­fic to win by a 4.099sec mar­gin.

Jonic fin­ished on 144 points be­fore Ho­gan on 125 and Jye Irv­ing on 123.

Strong from the be­gin­ning, Sat­ur­day’s heats had Ho­gan and Jonic not only lead the point-stand­ings but fin­ish the first night un­de­feated fol­low­ing an evening of hard rac­ing and five roll-overs.

Home-grown tal­ent Kur­tis Peall was the first lo­cal to cross the line, fin­ish­ing sev­enth in the A main on the third day of rac­ing.

How­ever it was Kay­den Swindells who shone on his home track, earn­ing his spot in fi­nal after plac­ing to pro­gress­ing through both the B and C mains.

Sadly for the young gun, he suf­fered a car fail­ure in the main event.

Queens­land’s Ma­son Cameron claimed the fastest prac­tise ses­sion time on Fri­day af­ter­noon as one of three driv­ers to be un­der the seven­teen sec­ond mark, set­ting a time of 16.769.

Mary­bor­ough driver Ash­leigh Moller crossed the line sixth in the C Main for po­si­tion 38 on the ti­tle board.

The 15-year-old Queens­land Go Kart cham­pion was one of 23 fe­male com­peti­tors of the 76 who took to the dirt.

Mary­bor­ough Speed­way pres­i­dent Wayne Moller said it was the high­est num­ber of fe­males en­tered in any Aus­tralian Ti­tle com­pe­ti­tion span­ning all ages.

“The rac­ing was some of the best we have seen in an Aus­tralian ti­tle, there was only one in­ci­dent in the fi­nal race,” he said.

“A crowd of about 1000 peo­ple came both Sat­ur­day and Sun­day.”

Kin­garoy’s Josh Harm dom­i­nated rounds three and four of the Pro­duc­tion Sedan IBRP Se­ries.

Harm fin­ished the week­end’s rounds on 474 points.

Lo­cal Joel Berkley fin­ished fourth and sec­ond on the two nights re­spec­tively, good prepa­ra­tion as he heads to the na­tional ti­tles in Hamil­ton in Vic­to­ria to race fol­low­ing his six wins this year.

In the Modlites Round 5 of the Cow­boy Cup on Sat­ur­day, it was Queens­land driv­ers in the top three with Terry Leer­entveld lead­ing.

Nathan Politch took the Tim Bid­dle Me­mo­rial the fol­low­ing night.

Photo: Cody Fox

COM­ING THROUGH: Jas­mine Arnold Spins out as Ardie Jonic makes a pass in the Ju­nior Sedans race at Mary­bor­ough Speed­way.

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