Pickens Wins Speedcar Super Series Championship

Michael Pickens. - Courtesy of Sydney Speedway

From Sydney Speedway

Sydney, AU — Kiwi Speedcar Superstar has walked away from Tyrepower Sydney Speedway claiming the 30-lap A-Main event and the Speedcar Super Series Championship. Second across the line was a gallant Matt Smith and former Aussie Champ, Nathan Smee, in third.

Series leader coming into the Championship finale, Troy Jenkins, led the opening half of the A-Main before being swamped by the hard charging Victorian Harley Bishop and Kiwi Michael Pickens at half distance.

The race developed into a two-way scrap by the time team-mates Harley Bishop and Matt Smith cleared out from Pickens and began carving through lapped traffic before Bishop inexplicably spun with only six laps remaining.

It was the stoppage Pickens was after.

While Smith led by running the bottom, Pickens went straight to the cushion and to the lead in the Jack Berry-owned Polar Ice machine.

Meantime, series leader and early race leader, main event went from bad to worse, running out of fuel in the dying stages of the thirty lap event on a lighting fast Tyrepower Sydney Speedway venue drifting back to fifth at the chequers.

Pickens claimed the win and the series championship with Matt Smith across the line for second – who admitted later that he should have switched to the top to protect the highline – with Nathan Smee in third who conceded that it wasn’t the best night for the American Tire and Racing Services team.

Ant Brien snatched fourth in the final lap from Troy Jenkins with Tim Evans claiming sixth.

A-Main Finish:
1 29Q Michael Pickens
2 70N Matt Smith
3 7N Nathan Smee
4 68N Anthony Brien
5 78N Troy Jenkins
6 57N Tim Evans
7 71N Darren Jenkins
8 25N Nick Simmons
9 41N Ian Black
10 12Q John Davidson
11 76N Troy Jordan
12 53N Rod FRANCIS
13 19N Scott Hill
14 98C Glenn Revell
15 58Q Sid Whittaker
16 78S Darryl Knuckey
DNF 69N Harley Bishop
DNF 14Q Michael Harders
DNF 11N Mark Brown
DNF 26N Tony Abson
DNF 20Q Adam Wallis
DNF 75N Eden Jordan
DNF 74N John Upston
DNF 97N Matthew Jackson

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