By Daniel Powell
In what was his first appearance of the New Year, Brendan Palmer drove to his second feature race victory of the season in last Wednesday night’s fourth round of the Polar Ice Speedcar Series at Archerfield Speedway.
A last month after breaking his feature race drought, the QLD # 92 Polar Ice supported Hawk powered Spike driver hit the feature race lead from his inside second row start on the opening lap, and from there was never headed for the remainder of the 20-lap distance.
“I had a dream start, as the track opened up for me on the opening lap, and from there everything went according to plan,” explained Palmer, who had earlier in the night qualified second in time trials and then backed that up with a pair of second places in his two heat races, which left him third on points going into the feature race. “We had the car setup for the bottom of the track trying to chase the moisture. Running with the sprintcars left the track a bit dusty from mid to top, so I stuck to the bottom and we managed to come away with a comfortable win.”
By virtue of his comfortable victory, Palmer now heads the current point standings of the Polar Ice Series.
Although capturing his second feature race victory of the season was very pleasing, so, too, was being able to, once again, reward car owner Jack Berry for the opportunity to drive for one of the country’s best teams.
“Jack’s put a lot of faith in me and it’s great to be able to start rewarding him with some wins,” said Palmer. “Since I had such a long break before this season I didn’t have much pressure put on me to perform, but now the team is starting to hit its straps there is now a certain level of expectation from Jack.”
With form on their side, Palmer and the Polar Ice Racing team now have their sights on the Queensland Title at Kingaroy’s South Burnett Speedway on Saturday night, January 21. In the past, this event hasn’t been too kind for Palmer, but in the current form he is confident of being able to break that hoodoo.
Palmer would like to thank, car owner Jack Berry, crew chief Paul ‘Murf’ Murphy, and the rest of the Polar Ice Racing team for all of their support.